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  • user-obsequious
    adj. Emphatic form of {user-friendly}. Connotes a system so verbose, inflexible, and determinedly simple-minded that it is nearly unusable. "Design a system... VIEW ENTIRE DEFINITION


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  • zero
    vt. 1. To set to 0. Usually said of small pieces of data, such as bits or words (esp. in the construction `zero out'). 2....FULL DEFINITION

  • EOF
    /E-O-F/ [abbreviation, `End Of File'] n. 1. [techspeak] Refers esp. to whatever {out-of-band} value is returned by C's sequential character-input functions (and their equivalents...FULL DEFINITION

  • Great Runes
    n. Uppercase-only text or display messages. Some archaic operating systems still emit these. See also {runes}, {smash case}, {fold case}. ...FULL DEFINITION

  • prettyprint
    /prit'ee-print/ (alt. `pretty-print') v. 1. To generate `pretty' human-readable output from a {hairy} internal representation; esp. used for the process of {grind}ing (sense 2)FULL DEFINITION

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  • WYSIWYG
    /wiz'ee-wig/ adj. Describes a user interface under which "What You See Is What You Get", as opposed to one that uses more-or-less obscure commands...FULL DEFINITION

  • Conway's Law
    prov. The rule that the organization of the software and the organization of the software team will be congruent; originally stated as "If you...FULL DEFINITION

  • Shub-Internet
    /shuhb in't*r-net/ [MUD from H. P. Lovecraft's evil fictional deity `Shub-Niggurath', the Black Goat with a Thousand Young] n. The harsh personification of...FULL DEFINITION

  • tron
    [NRL, CMU; prob. fr. the movie `Tron'] v. To become inaccessible except via email or `talk(1)', especially when one is normally available via telephone...FULL DEFINITION