Jargon file v2.1.5 28 NOV 1990 -- part 6 of 6

Jargon file v2.1.5 28 NOV 1990 -- part 6 of 6

Post by Eric S. Raymo » Fri, 30 Nov 1990 03:00:42

                        = T =

T (tee) 1. [from LISP terminology for ``true''] Yes.  Usage: used in
   reply to a question, particularly one asked using the ``-P''
   convention).  See NIL.  2. See TIME T. 3. In transaction-processing
   circles, an abbreviation for the noun ``transaction''.

TALK MODE n. The state a terminal is in when linked to another via a
   bidirectional character pipe to support on-line dialogue between
   two or more users.  Talk mode has a special set of jargon words,
   used to save typing, which are not used orally:

        BCNU    Be seeing you.
        BTW     By the way...
        BYE?    Are you ready to unlink?  (This is the standard way to
                end a com mode conversation; the other person types
                BYE to confirm, or else continues the conversation.)
        CUL     See you later.
        FOO?    A greeting, also meaning R U THERE?  Often used in the
                case of unexpected links, meaning also ``Sorry if I
                butted in'' (linker) or ``What's up?'' (linkee).
        FYI     For your information...
        FYA     For your amusement...
        GA      Go ahead (used when two people have tried to type
                simultaneously; this cedes the right to type to
                the other).
        HELLOP  A greeting, also meaning R U THERE?  (An instance
                of the ``-P'' convention.)
        NIL     No (see the main entry for NIL).
        O       Over to you.
        OO      Over and out.
        OBTW    Oh, by the way...
        R U THERE?      Are you there?
        SEC     Wait a second (sometimes written SEC...).
        T       Yes (see the main entry for T).
        TNX     Thanks.
        TNX 1.0E6       Thanks a million (humorous).
        WTF     The universal interrogative particle. WTF knows what
                it means?
        WTH     What the hell
        <double CRLF>  When the typing party has finished, he types
                two CRLFs to signal that he is done; this leaves a
                blank line between individual ``speeches'' in the
                conversation, making it easier to re-read the
                preceding text.
        <name>:   When three or more terminals are linked, each speech
                is preceded by the typist's login name and a colon (or
                a hyphen) to indicate who is typing.  The login name
                often is shortened to a unique prefix (possibly a
                single letter) during a very long conversation.

   Most of the above ``sub-jargon'' is used at both Stanford and MIT.
   Several of these are also common in EMAIL, esp. FYI, FYA, BTW,
   BCNU, and CUL A few other abbrevs have been reported from
   commercial networks such as GEnie and Compuserve where on-line
   `live' chat including more than two people is common and usually
   involves a more `social' context, notably

        <g>       grin
        BRB     be right back
        HHOJ    ha ha only joking
        LOL     laughing out load
        ROTF    rolling on the floor
        AFK     away from keyboard
        b4      before
        CU l8tr see you later
        MORF    Male or Female?
        TTFN    ta-ta for now
        OIC     Oh, I see
        rehi    hello again

   These are not used at universities; conversely, most of the people
   who know these are unfamiliar with FOO?, BCNU, HELLOP, NIL, and T.

TANKED adj. Same as DOWN, used primarily by UNIX hackers. See also
   HOSED. Popularized as a synonym for ``drunk'' by Steve Dallas in
   the late lamented ``Bloom County'' comix.

TASTE n. [primarily MIT-DMS] The quality in programs which tends to be
   inversely proportional to the number of features, hacks, and kluges
   programmed into it.  Also, TASTY, TASTEFUL, TASTEFULNESS.  ``This
   feature comes in N tasty flavors.''  Although TASTEFUL and
   FLAVORFUL are essentially synonyms, TASTE and FLAVOR are not.

TCB (tee see bee) [IBM] Trouble Came Back. Intermittent or
   difficult-to reproduce problem which has failed to respond to
   neglect. Compare HEISENBUG.

TELERAT (tel'@-rat) n. Unflattering hackerism for ``Teleray'', a line
   of extremely losing terminals. See also TERMINAK, SUN-STOOLS,

TELNET (telnet) v. To communicate with another ARPAnet host using the
   TELNET program.  TOPS-10 people use the word IMPCOM since that is
   the program name for them.  Sometimes abbreviated to TN.  ``I
   usually TN over to SAIL just to read the AP News.''

TENSE adj. Of programs, very clever and efficient.  A tense piece of
   code often got that way because it was highly bummed, but sometimes
   it was just based on a great idea.  A comment in a clever display
   routine by Mike Kazar: ``This routine is so tense it will bring
   tears to your eyes.  Much thanks to Craig Everhart and James
   Gosling for inspiring this hack attack.''  A tense programmer is
   one who produces tense code.

TERAFLOP CLUB (ter'a-flop kluhb) n. Mythical group of people who
   consume outragous amounts of computer time in order to produce a
   few simple pictures of glass balls with intricate ray tracing
   techniques.  Cal Tech professor James Kajiya is said to be the
   founding member.

TERMINAK (ter'mi-nak) [Caltech, ca. 1979] n. Any malfunctioning
   computer terminal. A common failure mode of Lear-Siegler ADM3a
   terminals caused the ``L'' key to produce the ``K'' code instead;
   complaints about this tended to look like ``Terminak #3 has a bad
   keyboard.  Pkease fix.'' See SUN-STOOLS, TELERAT, HP-SUX.

TERMINAL ILLNESS n. 1. Syn. with RASTER BURN.  2.  The `burn-in'
   condition your CRT tends to get if you don't have a screen saver.

TERPRI (ter'pree) [from the LISP 1.5 (and later, MacLISP) function to
   start a new line of output] v. To output a CRLF (q.v.).

THANKS IN ADVANCE [USENET] Conventional net.politeness ending a posted
   request for information or assistance. Sometimes written
   ``advTHANKSance''. See ``NET.'', NETIQUETTE.

THEOLOGY n. 1. Ironically used to refer to RELIGIOUS ISSUES.  2.
   Technical fine points of an abstruse nature, esp. those where the
   resolution is of theoretical interest but relatively MARGINAL with
   respect to actual use of a design or system. Used esp. around
   software issues with a heavy AI or language design component.
   Example: the deep- vs. shallow-binding debate in the design of
   dynamically-scoped LISPS.

THEORY n. Used in the general sense of idea, plan, story, or set of
   rules.  ``What's the theory on fixing this TECO loss?''  ``What's
   the theory on dinner tonight?''  (``Chinatown, I guess.'')
   ``What's the current theory on letting lusers on during the day?''
   ``The theory behind this change is to fix the following well-known

THINKO (thin'ko) [by analogy with `typo'] n. A bubble in the stream of
   consciousness; a momentary, correctable glitch in mental
   processing, especially one involving recall of information learned
   by rote. Compare MOUSO.

THRASH v. To move wildly or violently, without accomplishing anything
   useful.  Paging or swapping systems which are overloaded waste most
   of their time moving data into and out of core (rather than
   performing useful computation), and are therefore said to thrash.


THUNK n. 1. An expression, frozen together with its environment for
   later evaluation if and when needed. The process of unfreezing a
   THUNK is called `forcing'. 2. People and and activities scheduled
   in a thunklike manner. ``It occurred to me the other day that I am
   rather accurately modelled by a thunk -- I frequently need to be
   forced to completion.'' -- paraphrased from a .plan file.

TICK n. 1. Interval of time; basic clock time on the computer.
   Typically 1/60 second.  See JIFFY.  2. In simulations, the discrete
   unit of time that passes ``between'' iterations of the simulation
   mechanism.  In AI applications, this amount of time is often left
   unspecified, since the only constraint of interest is that caused
   things happen after their causes.  This sort of AI simulation is
   often pejoratively referred to as ``tick-tick-tick'' simulation,
   especially when the issue of simultaneity of events with long,
   independent chains of causes is handwaved.

TIME T (tiem tee) n. 1. An unspecified but usually well-understood
   time, often used in conjunction with a later time T+1.  ``We'll
   meet on campus at time T or at Louie's at time T+1.''  2. SINCE (OR
   AT) TIME T EQUALS MINUS INFINITY: A long time ago; for as long as
   anyone can remember; at the time that some particular frob was
   first designed.

TIP OF THE ICE-CUBE [IBM] n. The visible part of something small and
   insignificant. Used as an ironic comment in situations where ``tip
   of the iceberg'' might be appropriate if the subject were actually

TIRED IRON [IBM] n. Hardware that is perfectly functional but enough
   behind the state of the art to have been superseded by new
   products, presumably with enough improvement in bang-per-buck that
   the old stuff is starting to look a bit like a DINOSAUR.

TLA (tee el ay) [Three-Letter-Abbreviation] n. 1. Self-describing
   acronym for a species with which computing terminology is infested.
   2. Any confusing acronym at all.  Examples include MCA, FTP, SNA,
   CPU, MMU, SCCS, DMU, FPU, TLA, NNTP.  People who like this looser
   usage argue that not all TLAs have three letters, just as not all
   four letter words have four letters.

TOAST 1. n. Any completely inoperable system, esp. one that has just
   crashed; ``I think BUACCA is toast.'' 2. v. To cause a system to
   crash accidentally, especially in a manner that requires manual
   rebooting. ``Rick just toasted harp again.''

TOASTER n. 1. The archetypal really stupid application for an embedded
   microprocessor controller esp. `toaster oven'; often used in
   comments which imply that a scheme is inappropriate technology.
   ``DWIM for an assembler?  That'd be as silly as running UNIX on
   your toaster!'' 2.  A very very dumb computer. ``You could run this
   program on any dumb toaster.'' See BITTY BOX, TOASTER, TOY.

TOOL 1. n. A program primarily used to create other programs, such as
   a compiler or editor or cross-referencing program. Oppose APP,
   OPERATING SYSTEM. 2. [UNIX] An application program with a simple,
   ``transparent'' (typically text-stream) interface designed
   specifically to be used in programmed combination with other tools
   (see FILTER).  3. [MIT] v.i.

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Jargon file v2.1.5 28 NOV 1990 -- part 6 of 6

Post by Stephan Da » Sat, 01 Dec 1990 12:49:03

Hey! what happened to entries A-B? Could someone please repost them?
Or (pleeze) EMail'em me?

                                                        TNX 1.0E+6,
cute quote:                  |standard disclaimer:
                             |  My Opinions are Mine, and only opinions
  Convictions Cause Convicts |  (Obvious really, isn't it?)



Jargon file v2.1.5 28 NOV 1990 -- part 6 of 6

Post by Rick Smi » Sun, 02 Dec 1990 06:33:38

Concerning TENEX... (Twenex, ad nauseum)

Suffice it to say, Twenex may be a more jargon-y and colloquial word, but
BBN's Tenex deserves the notice. BBN gave Tenex to DEC in exchange for some
hardware. DEC called it TOPS-20, after filing down the rough edges.
Classic Tenex felt more hacker friendly.

Having just flamed at length about Multics, I lack the energy to winnow
out the chaff about Tenex.



Jargon file v2.1.5 28 NOV 1990 -- part 6 of 6

Post by I Re » Mon, 03 Dec 1990 03:26:41

What happened to the other two parts of this posting (2 & 4).... did
anyone get these bits? If so could some kind soul repost them.