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    [ABnormal END] /ah'bend/, /*-bend'/ n. Abnormal termination (of software); {crash}; {lossage}. Derives from an error message on the IBM 360; used jokingly by... VIEW ENTIRE DEFINITION

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  • network meltdown
    n. A state of complete network overload; the network equivalent of {thrash}ing. This may be induced by a {Chernobyl packet}. See also...FULL DEFINITION

  • off the trolley
    adj. Describes the behavior of a program that malfunctions and goes catatonic, but doesn't actually {crash} or abort. See {glitch}, {bug}, {deep space}.

  • SEX
    /seks/ [Sun Users' Group & elsewhere] n. 1. Software EXchange. A technique invented by the blue-green algae hundreds of millions of years ago...FULL DEFINITION

  • connector conspiracy
    [probably came into prominence with the appearance of the KL-10 (one model of the {PDP-10}), none of whose connectors matched anything else] n. The...FULL DEFINITION

  • washing machine
    n. Old-style 14-inch hard disks in floor-standing cabinets. So called because of the size of the cabinet and the `top-loading' access to the...FULL DEFINITION

  • deckle
    /dek'l/ [from dec- and {nybble}; the original spelling seems to have been `decle'] n. Two {nickle}s; 10 bits. Reported among developers for Mattel's...FULL DEFINITION

  • xref
    /X'ref/ vt., n. Hackish standard abbreviation for `cross-reference'.

  • shareware
    /sheir'weir/ n. {Freeware} (sense 1) for which the author requests some payment, usually in the accompanying documentation files or in an announcement made by...FULL DEFINITION