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  • grind crank
    n. A mythical accessory to a terminal. A crank on the side of a monitor, which when operated makes a zizzing noise and ... VIEW ENTIRE DEFINITION


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  • one-banana problem
    n. At mainframe shops, where the computers have operators for routine administrivia, the programmers and hardware people tend to look down on the operators...FULL DEFINITION

  • voice-net
    n. Hackish way of referring to the telephone system, analogizing it to a digital network. USENET {sig block}s not uncommonly include the sender's...FULL DEFINITION

  • overflow pdl
    [MIT] n. The place where you put things when your {pdl} is full. If you don't have one and too many things get ...FULL DEFINITION

  • semi-infinite
    n. See {infinite}.

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  • black magic
    n. A technique that works, though nobody really understands why. More obscure than {voodoo programming}, which may be done by cookbook. Compare...FULL DEFINITION

  • cuspy
    /kuhs'pee/ [WPI from the DEC abbreviation CUSP, for `Commonly Used System Program', i.e., a utility program used by many people] adj. 1. (of a...FULL DEFINITION

  • gig
    /jig/ or /gig/ [SI] n. See {{quantifiers}}.

  • womb box
    n. 1. [TMRC] Storage space for equipment. 2. [proposed] A variety of hard-shell equipment case with heavy interior padding and/or shaped carrier cutouts...FULL DEFINITION