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  • zeroth
    /zee'rohth/ adj. First. Among software designers, comes from C's and LISP's 0-based indexing of arrays. Hardware people also tend to start counting... VIEW ENTIRE DEFINITION

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  • virus
    [from the obvious analogy with biological viruses, via SF] n. A cracker program that searches out other programs and `infects' them by embedding a...FULL DEFINITION

  • hosed
    adj. Same as {down}. Used primarily by UNIX hackers. Humorous also implies a condition thought to be relatively easy to reverse. Probably...FULL DEFINITION

  • zigamorph
    /zig'*-morf/ n. Hex FF (11111111) when used as a delimiter or {fence} character. Usage primarily at IBM shops.

  • cut a tape
    vi. To write a software or document distribution on magnetic tape for shipment. Has nothing to do with physically cutting the medium! ...FULL DEFINITION

  • rot13
    /rot ther'teen/ [USENET from `rotate alphabet 13 places'] n., v. The simple Caesar-cypher encryption that replaces each English letter with the one 13 places...FULL DEFINITION

  • obi-wan error
    /oh'bee-won` er'*r/ [RPI, from `off-by-one' and the Obi-Wan Kenobi character in "Star Wars"] n. A loop of some sort in which the index...FULL DEFINITION

  • Internet address
    n. 1. [techspeak] An absolute network address of the form [email protected], where foo is a user name, bar is a {sitename}, and baz is...FULL DEFINITION

  • buffer overflow
    n. What happens when you try to stuff more data into a buffer (holding area) than it can handle. This may be due ...FULL DEFINITION