Musings – geek

Things geeky and nerdy.

Word of the Week: 23 Nov 2020

:bang: 1. n. Common spoken name for `!' (ASCII 0100001), especially when used in pronouncing a {bang path} in spoken ...
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Word of the Week: 16 Nov 2020

:feature: n. 1. A good property or behavior (as of a program). Whether it was intended or not is immaterial ...
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Word of the Week: 9 Nov 2020

:sagan: /say'gn/ [from Carl Sagan's TV series "Cosmos"; think "billions and billions"] n. A large quantity of anything. "There's a ...
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Word of the Week: 2 Nov 2020

:tty: /T-T-Y/ [UNIX], /tit'ee/ [ITS, but some UNIX people say it this way as well; this pronunciation is not considered ...
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Word of the Week: 26 Oct 2020

:tenured graduate student: n. One who has been in graduate school for 10 years (the usual maximum is 5 or ...
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Word of the Week: 19 Oct 2020

:sunspots: n. 1. Notional cause of an odd error. "Why did the program suddenly turn the screen blue?" "Sunspots, I ...
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Word of the Week: 12 Oct 2020

:PostScript: n. A groundbreaking Page Description Language ({PDL}), based on work originally done by John Gaffney at Evans and Sutherland ...
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Word of the Week: 5 Oct 2020

:kluge: /klooj/ [from the German `klug', clever] 1. n. A Rube Goldberg (or Heath Robinson) device, whether in hardware or ...
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Word of the Week: 28 Sep 2020

:dinosaur: n. 1. Any hardware requiring raised flooring and special power. Used especially of old minis and mainframes, in contrast ...
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Word of the Week: 21 Sep 2020

:cray: /kray/ n. 1. (properly, capitalized) One of the line of supercomputers designed by Cray Research. 2. Any supercomputer at ...
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