Word of the Week: 21 Dec 2020

:IBM: /I-B-M/ Inferior But Marketable; It’s Better Manually; Insidious Black Magic; It’s Been Malfunctioning; Incontinent Bowel Movement; and a near-{infinite} number of even less complimentary expansions, including `International Business Machines’. See {TLA}. These abbreviations illustrate the considerable antipathy most hackers have long felt toward the `industry leader’ (see {fear and …

Word of the Week: 7 Dec 2020

:EBCDIC::[abbreviation, Extended Binary Coded Decimal Interchange Code] /eb’s*-dik/, /eb’see`dik/, or /eb’k*-dik/ n. An alleged character set used on IBM {dinosaur}s. It exists in at least six mutually incompatible versions, all featuring such delights as non-contiguous letter sequences and the absence of several ASCII punctuation characters fairly important for modern computer …