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  • puff
    vt. To decompress data that has been crunched by Huffman coding. At least one widely distributed Huffman decoder program was actually *named* `PUFF',... VIEW ENTIRE DEFINITION


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  • sandbender
    [IBM] n. A person involved with silicon lithography and the physical design of chips. Compare {ironmonger}, {polygon pusher}.

  • day mode
    n. See {phase} (sense 1). Used of people only.

  • Iron Age
    n. In the history of computing, 1961--1971 --- the formative era of commercial {mainframe} technology, when {big iron} {dinosaur}s ruled the earth. These...FULL DEFINITION

  • GECOS
    /jee'kohs/ n. See {{GCOS}}.

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  • dead
    adj. 1. Non-functional; {down}; {crash}ed. Especially used of hardware. 2. At XEROX PARC, software that is working but not undergoing continued development...FULL DEFINITION

  • Cinderella Book
    [CMU] n. `Introduction to Automata Theory, Languages, and Computation', by John Hopcroft and Jeffrey Ullman, (Addison-Wesley, 1979). So called because the cover depicts...FULL DEFINITION

  • sidecar
    n. 1. Syn. {slap on the side}. Esp. used of add-ons for the late and unlamented IBM PCjr. 2. The IBM PC compatibility ...FULL DEFINITION

  • ill-behaved
    adj. 1. [numerical analysis] Said of an algorithm or computational method that tends to blow up because of accumulated roundoff error or poor convergence...FULL DEFINITION