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  • smoking clover
    [ITS] n. A {display hack} originally due to Bill Gosper. Many convergent lines are drawn on a color monitor in {AOS} mode (so... VIEW ENTIRE DEFINITION

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  • bogon
    /boh'gon/ [by analogy with proton/electron/neutron, but doubtless reinforced after 1980 by the similarity to Douglas Adams's `Vogons'; see the Bibliography in {appendix C}] n.FULL DEFINITION

  • Yet Another
    adj. [From UNIX's `yacc(1)', `Yet Another Compiler-Compiler', a LALR parser generator] 1. Of your own work A humorous allusion often used in titles to...FULL DEFINITION

  • kangaroo code
    n. Syn. {spaghetti code}.

  • Easter egging
    [IBM] n. The act of replacing unrelated parts more or less at random in hopes that a malfunction will go away. Hackers consider...FULL DEFINITION

  • proprietary
    adj. 1. In {marketroid}-speak, superior; implies a product imbued with exclusive magic by the unmatched brilliance of the company's hardware or software designers. ...FULL DEFINITION

  • Ob-
    /ob/ pref. Obligatory. A piece of {netiquette} acknowledging that the author has been straying from the newsgroup's charter topic. For example, if...FULL DEFINITION

  • archive
    n. 1. A collection of several files bundled into one file by a program such as `ar(1)', `tar(1)', `cpio(1)', or {arc} for shipment or...FULL DEFINITION

  • molly-guard
    /mol'ee-gard/ [University of Illinois] n. A shield to prevent tripping of some {Big Red Switch} by clumsy or ignorant hands. Originally used of...FULL DEFINITION