June 02, 2008vulcan nerve pinch - Word of the Day Jargon
Slang for keyboard commands that tax the hand's ability to reach all of the appropriate keys. For instance, the soft boot for a Mac II involves simultaneously pressing both Control keys, the Command key, and the Power On key. On a PC it refers to pressing the Ctl-Alt-Del buttons on your keyboard at the same time.
June 04, 2008full-text search - Word of the Day Jargon
Different than searching online, a "full-text search" refers to a search that is performed within a Word document or on your local computer. Instead of searching by keyword, as with many online search engines, a FTS compares its results word for word.
In some cases full-text searching can refer to online searching performed by most Web search engines on the Web pages that have been found and added to their caches. All the words on the Web pages are searched, and then indexed, and the user's search request is cross-checked via the indexes.
June 05, 2008tribal knowledge - Word of the Day Jargon
Refers to a person's in-depth knowledge about a specific project because he or she has been working on the project since its inception. Commonly heard around the high-tech office, "It would be a WOMBAT to ramp up another person so we've decided to keep her on the project since she has tribal knowledge of the process."
June 10, 2008beta baby - Word of the Day Jargon
Slang for a child born to a high-tech professional after 1995.
June 11, 2008gonk - Word of the Day Jargon
A term used to embellish the truth beyond reasonable recognition. This term was imported from the German word gonken and the Spanish verb gonkar. For example, "Du gonkst mir" means "You're pulling my leg" in German. In cyber-speak, it may be said as "You're gonking me."
June 13, 2008incubator - Word of the Day Jargon
A support and investment arrangement for creating, launching, and operating Internet businesses, financed by a network of investors. Incubators are designed to nurture young businesses by providing a wide range of services, including management assistance, access to financing, business or technical support services, shared office equipment, flexible and affordable leases, and expandable space.
Entrepreneurs who get accepted into an incubator program are thought to benefit from an official affiliation with the incubator, but most say it is the supportive entrepreneurial atmosphere and the ability to network directly with others that help get their plans off the ground. The range of services and benefits of business incubators varies, as does their missions and objectives.
June 15, 2008toast - Word of the Day Jargon
The state of being fried, burned out, or cancelled, meaning one is simply too tired to go on. For example, "I can't work on this code anymore tonight. I'm toast" or "That project is toast."
June 20, 2008lurk - Word of the Day Jargon
June 25, 2008console - Word of the Day Jargon
The hardware device used to play video games. The term "console" isn't used to describe the video game system overall, it refers to a specific part of the video game system. The first company to use the term was Sony, with the PlayStation.
More than 132 million next-generation game consoles, like Microsoft's Xbox and the PlayStation, will dominate screen time by 2010.
June 27, 2008kluge or kludge - Word of the Day Jargon
A word with a long history and several meanings, it is commonly used in hacker jargon to describe a clever programming trick to repair bugs. It can also mean something put together without any elegance, planning, or forethought, resulting in an unattractive solution or an inelegant piece of software. For example, "That's what TIIC came up with. Talk about a klugey fix."
June 28, 2008sleep camels - Word of the Day Jargon
Ultraworkaholics who go for days on end and then power-sleep most of the weekend in an attempt to store up rest for the week ahead.