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Silicon Valley Lingo

"percussive maintenance" --- the fine art of whacking a device to get it working

"prairie dogging" --- in companies where everyone has a cubicle: something happens and everyone pops up to look

"blowing your buffer" --- loosing your train of thought

"yuppie food coupons" --- twenty dollar bills from ATM

"square headed girlfriend (or boyfriend)" --- computer

"treeware" --- manuals and documentation

"beepilepsy" --- afflicts those with vibrating pagers characterized by sudden spasms, goofy facial expressions, and loss of speech

"betamaxed" --- when a technology is overtaken in the market by inferior but better marketed competition, as in "Microsoft betamaxed Apple right out of the market"

"cobweb" --- a Web site that never changes

"high dome" --- egghead, scientist, Ph.D.

"irritainment" --- annoying but you can't stop watching, e.g. the O.J. trial

"salmon day" --- swimming upstream all day to get screwed in the end.


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