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  • Berzerkeley
    /b*r-zer'klee/ [from `berserk', via the name of a now-deceased record label] n. Humorous distortion of `Berkeley' used esp. to refer to the practices or... VIEW ENTIRE DEFINITION


  •  View Definition: crippleware 

    crippleware


    n. 1. Software that has some important functionality deliberately removed, so as to entice potential users to pay for a working version. 2. [Cambridge] Guiltware that exhorts you to donate to some charity (compare careware). 3. Hardware deliberately crippled, which can be upgraded to a more expensive model by a trivial change (e.g., cutting a jumper).

    An excellent example of crippleware (sense 3) is Intel's 486SX chip, which is a standard 486DX chip with the co-processor disabled. To upgrade, you buy another 486 chip with everything *but* the co-processor disabled. When you put them together you have two crippled chips doing the work of one. Don't you love Intel?