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  • amoeba
    n. Humorous term for the Commodore Amiga personal computer.

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  • trampoline
    n. An incredibly {hairy} technique, found in some {HLL} and program-overlay implementations (e.g., on the Macintosh), that involves on-the-fly generation of small executable ...FULL DEFINITION

  • special-case
    vt. To write unique code to handle input to or situations arising in program that are somehow distinguished from normal processing. This would...FULL DEFINITION

  • copious free time
    [Apple; orig. fr. the intro to Tom Lehrer's song "It Makes A Fellow Proud To Be A Soldier"] n. 1. [used ironically to indicate...FULL DEFINITION

  • FOD
    /fod/ v. [Abbreviation for `Finger of Death', originally a spell-name from fantasy gaming] To terminate with extreme prejudice and with no regard for other...FULL DEFINITION

  • bump
    vt. Synonym for increment. Has the same meaning as C's ++ operator. Used esp. of counter variables, pointers, and index dummies in...FULL DEFINITION

  • bamf
    /bamf/ 1. [from old X-Men comics] interj. Notional sound made by a person or object teleporting in or out of the hearer's vicinity. ...FULL DEFINITION

  • drum
    adj,n. Ancient techspeak term referring to slow, cylindrical magnetic media which were once state-of-the-art mass-storage devices. Under BSD UNIX the disk partition...FULL DEFINITION

    /goz'maks/ [contraction of `Gosling EMACS'] n. The first {EMACS}-in-C implementation, predating but now largely eclipsed by {GNUMACS}. Originally freeware; a commercial version is...FULL DEFINITION