Silicon Valley Slang
WOMBAT: Stands for "Waste of Money, Brains and Time." Suitable for
describing a person, product or project.
CODE 18: An error made by the user. Refers to the 18 inches that
separate a user's face from the computer display.
LASAGNA SYNDROME: Writing a piece of
software with so many over-
lapping dialog boxes that it's
nearly impossible to complete
NERD BIRD: Any weekday direct airline
flight between another US city
and San Jose, California.
These flights are typically
overpopulated with engineers and technical types, so a
good amount of rumor-milling and job seeking occurs
during each run.
WALDO: A demo given with great showmanship for a product with
little innovation or creativity.
BOOTH BUNNY: The attractive women staffing the booths at trade-
shows that do not work for the main company represented
and have no technical knowledge whatsoever.
TRIORITY: The three things your manager
would have you do at once.
I/O Error: Error cause by an 'I'gnorant
'O'perator. A technical support term
to label such operator in conversa-tion.
(originally defined the term Input/Output Error.)
TEAM PLAYER: An engineer with no backbone
who says "yes" to everything. Can
also mean someone who gets in early
and makes coffee for everyone else.
The latter definition is definitely
MEETING ENGINEER: A person who spends more time in meetings than
doing actual work. Those who fall into this category usually
have dated technical skills and tend to complain about how
they never have time to get any work done since they're in
meetings all the time.
THINK TIME: This is what operators make use of when they get an
"idle event." This most normally occurs during a long compile
or a slow network connection.
SNEAKERNET: When data is transferred between workstations by
copying it to a floppy and walking it to the intended
workstation instead of using the LAN (Local Area Network).
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