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  • search-and-destroy mode
    n. Hackerism for the search-and-replace facility in an editor, so called because an incautiously chosen match pattern can cause {infinite} damage.


  •  Miscellaneous Hacker Terms 
  • jump off into never-never land
    [from J. M. Barrie's `Peter Pan'] v. Same as {branch to Fishkill}, but more common in technical cultures associated with non-IBM computers that use...FULL DEFINITION

  • for values of
    [MIT] A common rhetorical maneuver at MIT is to use any of the canonical {random numbers} as placeholders for variables. "The max function...FULL DEFINITION

  • mess-dos
    /mes-dos/ n. Derisory term for MS-DOS. Often followed by the ritual banishing "Just say No!" See {{MS-DOS}}. Most hackers (even many...FULL DEFINITION

  • Bad Thing
    [from the 1930 Sellar & Yeatman parody `1066 And All That'] n. Something that can't possibly result in improvement of the subject. This...FULL DEFINITION

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  • Purple Book
    n. 1. The `System V Interface Definition'. The covers of the first editions were an amazingly nauseating shade of off-lavender. 2. Syn....FULL DEFINITION

  • steam-powered
    adj. Old-fashioned or underpowered; archaic. This term does not have a strong negative loading and may even be used semi-affectionately for something that...FULL DEFINITION

  • Macintoy
    /mak'in-toy/ n. The Apple Macintosh, considered as a {toy}. Less pejorative than {Macintrash}.

  • dragon
    n. [MIT] A program similar to a {daemon}, except that it is not invoked at all, but is instead used by the system to ...FULL DEFINITION