By Stan Kelly -. Bootle
[The computing device Contradictionary] is eventually a handbook to our undefined, laptop background, and lots more and plenty of your universe because it relatively must be. It can also be the 1st dictionary you are prone to learn in a single sitting. take pleasure in! -- Andrew Binstock, UNIX evaluate ''With his mind-numbing grab of English, literature, desktop heritage, and programmer tradition, Stan is the Umberto Eco of programming.'' -- Ron Burk, home windows Developer's magazine
''Ascertain the which means prior to consulting this dictionary,'' warns the writer of this choice of intentionally satirical misdefinitions.
New machine cultures and their jargons have burgeoned considering this book's progenitor, The Devil's DP Dictionary, was once released in 1981. This up to date model of Stan Kelly-Bootle's romp throughout the information processing ''laxicon'' is a reaction to the ''Unix pandemic'' that has swept academia and govt, to the ceaselessly hyped panaceas provided to the MIS, and to the computer explosion that has introduced computing device terminology to a ''hugely bewildered, lay audience.''
The unique dictionary, an urbane and witty pastiche of Ambrose Bierce's well-known paintings, parried mainly the mainframe and mini-folklore of the Nineteen Fifties, Nineteen Sixties, and Seventies. This long-awaited revision provides over 550 new entries and complements the various unique definitions. Key ambitions are ''a host of recent follies crying out for cynical lexicography [including] the GUI-Phooey iconoclasts, item orienteering, and the piping of BLObs down the Clinton-Gore InfoPike.''
ack n. [Origin: back-formed negation of nak.] A sign indicating that the error-detection circuits have failed.
computer technological know-how n. [Origin: potentially Prof. P. B. Fellgett's rhetorical query, ''Is computing device science?''] A research reminiscent of numerology and astrology, yet missing the precision of the previous and the good fortune of the latter.
multimedia n. An program attacking all 5 senses of the person -- sight, listening to, odor, flavor, and contact -- yet in particular, scent.