Silicon Valley Slang

  1. WOMBAT: Stands for "Waste of Money, Brains and Time." Suitable for describing a person, product or project.

  2. CODE 18: An error made by the user. Refers to the 18 inches that separate a user's face from the computer display.

  3. LASAGNA SYNDROME: Writing a piece of software with so many over- lapping dialog boxes that it's nearly impossible to complete a task.

  4. 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.

  5. WALDO: A demo given with great showmanship for a product with little innovation or creativity.

  6. 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.

  7. TRIORITY: The three things your manager would have you do at once.

  8. 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.)

  9. 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 more desirable.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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).

[ Author Unknown -- from 'The Funny Bone' ( ]


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