Archive for category Trivia

Computer Trivia: “Cruncha. Cruncha. Cruncha.”

📅 March 17, 2015
“Cruncha. Cruncha. Cruncha.”

What’s that sound?

It’s a form of encouragement muttered to a machine running slowly after being bogged down with compute-intensive tasks. Whether it actually helps or not is anyone’s guess, but, for a brief moment during the incantation, it seems to somehow boost the computer’s self-esteem and provide added motivation to hurry up–just a little. Often spoken after drumming fingers on the table.

(Inspired from The New Hacker’s Dictionary.)

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Computer Trivia: Amp Off

📅 January 14, 2015
ampoffHere is a computer term rarely heard these days: amp off.

To amp off means to run in the background, and it is derived from the ampersand character (& or amp) placed at the end of a command line in a Linux or UNIX terminal.

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Trivia: misfeature

Q. What is a misfeature?

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Trivia: Pencil and Paper

Q. What is the term Pencil and Paper?

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Trivia: Rain Dance

Q. What is a rain dance?

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Trivia: Flag Day

Q. What does flag day mean?

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Trivia: What is an NSP?

We’ve heard of an ISP, but what is an NSP?

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