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The Computer Experts Glossary (Jeff Pesis)
TRW Systems Engineering Research Facility
(computer, funny)


ADA:	Something you need to know the name of to be an Expert in Computing.
	Useful in sentences like, "We had better develop an ADA awareness."

Bug:	An elusive creature living in a program that makes it incorrect.
	The activity of "debugging," or removing bugs from a program, ends
	when people get tired of doing it, not when the bugs are removed.

Cache:	A very expensive part of the memory system of a computer that no one
	is supposed to know is there.

Design: What you regret not doing later on.

Documentation:  Instructions translated from Swedish by Japanese for English
	speaking persons.

Economies of scale:  The notion that bigger is better.  In particular, that
	if you want a certain amount of computer power, it is much better to
	buy one biggie than a bunch of smallies.  Accepted as an article of
	faith by people who love big machines and all that complexity.
	Rejected as an article of faith by those who love small machines and
	all those limitations.

Hardware:  The parts of a computer system that can be kicked.

Information Center:  A room staffed by professional computer people whose job
	it is to tell you why you cannot have the information you require.

Information Processing:  What you call data processing when people are so
	disgusted with it they won't let it be discussed in their presence.

Machine-indepenent program:  A program that will not run on any machine.

Meeting:  An assembly of computer experts coming together to decide what person
	or department not represented in the room must solve the problem.

Minicomputer:  A computer that can be afforded on the budget of a middle-level

Office Automation:  The use of computers to improve efficiency in the office
	by removing anyone you would want to talk with over coffee.

On-line:  The idea that a human being should always be accessible to a computer.

Pascal:  A programming language named after a man who would turn over in his
	grave if he knew about it.

Performance:  A statement of the speed at which a computer system works.  Or
	rather, might work under certain circumstances.  Or was rumored to be
	working over in Jersey about a month ago.

Priority:  A statement of the importance of a user or a program.  Often
	expressed as a relative priority, indicating that the user doesn't
	care when the work is completed so long as he is treated less badly
	than someone else.

Quality control:  Assuring that the quality of a product does not get out of
	hand and add to the cost of its manufacture or design.

Regression analysis:  Mathematical techniques for trying to understand why
	things are getting worse.

Strategy:  A long-range plan whose merit cannot be evaluated until sometime
	after those creating it have left the organization.

Systems programmer:  A person in sandals who has been in the elevator with
	the senior vice president and is ultimately responsible for a phone
	call you are to receive from you boss.
        (my favorite!)

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