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  • console
    n. 1. The operator's station of a {mainframe}. In times past, this was a privileged location that conveyed godlike powers to anyone with... VIEW ENTIRE DEFINITION


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  • flame bait
    n. A posting intended to trigger a {flame war}, or one that invites flames in reply.

  • PostScript
    n. A groundbreaking Page Description Language ({PDL}), based on work originally done by John Gaffney at Evans and Sutherland in 1976, evolving through...FULL DEFINITION

  • priority interrupt
    [from the hardware term] n. Describes any stimulus compelling enough to yank one right out of {hack mode}. Classically used to describe being dragged...FULL DEFINITION

  • cretin
    /kret'n/ or /kree'tn/ n. Congenital {loser}; an obnoxious person; someone who can't do anything right. It has been observed that many American hackers...FULL DEFINITION

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  • golf-ball printer
    n. The IBM 2741, a slow but letter-quality printing device and terminal based on the IBM Selectric typewriter. The `golf ball' was a round...FULL DEFINITION

  • swap space
    n. Storage space, especially temporary storage space used during a move or reconfiguration. "I'm just using that corner of the machine room for...FULL DEFINITION

  • grunge
    /gruhnj/ n. 1. That which is grungy, or that which makes it so. 2. [Cambridge] Code which is inaccessible due to changes in ...FULL DEFINITION

  • happily
    adv. Of software, used to emphasize that a program is unaware of some important fact about its environment, either because it has been...FULL DEFINITION