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  • veeblefester
    /vee'b*l-fes`tr/ [from the "Born Loser" comix via Commodore; prob. originally from `Mad' Magazine's `Veeblefeetzer' parodies ca. 1960] n. Any obnoxious person engaged ... VIEW ENTIRE DEFINITION


  •  Miscellaneous Hacker Terms 
  • lost in the underflow
    adj. Too small to be worth considering; more specifically, small beyond the limits of accuracy or measurement. This is a reference to `floating...FULL DEFINITION

  • backspace and overstrike
    interj. Whoa! Back up. Used to suggest that someone just said or did something wrong. Common among APL programmers.

  • RFE
    /R-F-E/ n. 1. [techspeak] Request For Enhancement. 2. [from `Radio Free Europe', Bellcore and Sun] Radio Free Ethernet, a system (originated by Peter Langston)...FULL DEFINITION

  • barfulation
    /bar`fyoo-lay'sh*n/ interj. Variation of {barf} used around the Stanford area. An exclamation, expressing disgust. On seeing some particularly bad code one might exclaim,FULL DEFINITION

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  • You are not expected to understand this
    cav. [UNIX] The canonical comment describing something {magic} or too complicated to bother explaining properly. From an infamous comment in the ...FULL DEFINITION

  • PPN
    /P-P-N/, /pip'n/ [from `Project-Programmer Number'] n. A user-ID under {{TOPS-10}} and its various mutant progeny at SAIL, BBN, CompuServe, and elsewhere. Old-time hackers...FULL DEFINITION

  • yoyo mode
    n. The state in which the system is said to be when it rapidly alternates several times between being up and being down. Interestingly...FULL DEFINITION

  • alt
    /awlt/ 1. n. The alt shift key on an IBM PC or {clone}. 2. n. The `clover' or `Command' key on a Macintosh; use of this ...FULL DEFINITION