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  • snail-mail
    n. Paper mail, as opposed to electronic. Sometimes written as the single word `SnailMail'. One's postal address is, correspondingly, a `snail address'.... VIEW ENTIRE DEFINITION


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  • virus
    [from the obvious analogy with biological viruses, via SF] n. A cracker program that searches out other programs and `infects' them by embedding a...FULL DEFINITION

  • LER
    /L-E-R/ [TMRC, from `Light-Emitting Diode'] n. A light-emitting resistor (that is, one in the process of burning up). Ohm's law was broken. ...FULL DEFINITION

  • fudge
    1. vt. To perform in an incomplete but marginally acceptable way, particularly with respect to the writing of a program. "I didn't feel...FULL DEFINITION

  • demo mode
    [Sun] n. 1. The state of being {heads down} in order to finish code in time for a {demo}, usually due yesterday. 2. A...FULL DEFINITION

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  • laser chicken
    n. Kung Pao Chicken, a standard Chinese dish containing chicken, peanuts, and hot red peppers in a spicy pepper-oil sauce. Many hackers call...FULL DEFINITION

  • Yellow Book
    [proposed] n. The print version of this Jargon File; `The New Hacker's Dictionary', MIT Press, 1991 (ISBN 0-262-68069-6). Includes all the material in...FULL DEFINITION

  • point-and-drool interface
    n. Parody of the techspeak term `point-and-shoot interface', describing a windows, icons, and mice-based interface such as is found on the Macintosh. TheFULL DEFINITION

  • fall over
    [IBM] vi. Yet another synonym for {crash} or {lose}. `Fall over hard' equates to {crash and burn}.