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  • open switch
    [IBM prob. from railroading] n. An unresolved question, issue, or problem.


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  • field servoid
    [play on `android'] /fee'ld ser'voyd/ n. Representative of a field service organization (see {field circus}). This has many of the implications of {droid}.

  • console jockey
    n. See {terminal junkie}.

  • bytesexual
    /bit`sek'shu-*l/ adj. Said of hardware, denotes willingness to compute or pass data in either {big-endian} or {little-endian} format (depending, presumably, on a {mode bit}FULL DEFINITION

  • mega-
    /me'g*/ [SI] pref. See {{quantifiers}}.

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  • die horribly
    v. The software equivalent of {crash and burn}, and the preferred emphatic form of {die}. "The converter choked on an FF in its...FULL DEFINITION

  • Gosperism
    /gos'p*r-izm/ A hack, invention, or saying by arch-hacker R. William (Bill) Gosper. This notion merits its own term because there are so many...FULL DEFINITION

  • real user
    n. 1. A commercial user. One who is paying *real* money for his computer usage. 2. A non-hacker. Someone using the ...FULL DEFINITION

  • grok
    /grok/, var. /grohk/ [from the novel `Stranger in a Strange Land', by Robert A. Heinlein, where it is a Martian word meaning literally `to...FULL DEFINITION