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  • chug
    vi. To run slowly; to {grind} or {grovel}. "The disk is chugging like crazy."


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  • pessimizing compiler
    /pes'*-miz`ing k*m-pil'r/ [antonym of `optimizing compiler'] n. A compiler that produces object code that is worse than the straightforward or obvious hand translation. ...FULL DEFINITION

  • juggling eggs
    vi. Keeping a lot of {state} in your head while modifying a program. "Don't bother me now, I'm juggling eggs", means that an...FULL DEFINITION

  • missile address
    n. See {ICBM address}.

  • feeping creature
    [from {feeping creaturism}] n. An unnecessary feature; a bit of {chrome} that, in the speaker's judgment, is the camel's nose for a whole horde...FULL DEFINITION

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  • hand-hacking
    n. 1. The practice of translating {hot spot}s from an {HLL} into hand-tuned assembler, as opposed to trying to coerce the compiler into generating...FULL DEFINITION

  • fred
    n. 1. The personal name most frequently used as a {metasyntactic variable} (see {foo}). Allegedly popular because it's easy for a non-touch-typist to...FULL DEFINITION

  • operating system
    [techspeak] n. (Often abbreviated `OS') The foundation software of a machine, of course; that which schedules tasks, allocates storage, and presents a default interface...FULL DEFINITION

  • board
    n. 1. In-context synonym for {bboard}; sometimes used even for USENET newsgroups. 2. An electronic circuit board (compare {card}).