The Computer Contradictionary

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MIT Press, 1995 - Computers - 239 pages
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"[The Computer Contradictionary] is ultimately a manual to our industry, computer history, and much of your universe as it really ought to be. It is also the first dictionary you're likely to read in one sitting. Enjoy!"
-- Andrew Binstock, "UNIX Review"

"With his mind-numbing grasp of English, literature, computer history, and programmer culture, Stan is the Umberto Eco of programming".
-- Ron Burk", Windows Developer's Journal"

"Ascertain the meaning before consulting this dictionary", warns the author of this collection of deliberately satirical misdefinitions.

 

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I'm just a little old lady that has been wrestling with computers since I bought my first Tandy from Radio Shack. I've spent the last two nights trying to get a 1999 postscript driver to install on my Windows 7, 64 bit machine. I'm no programmer, but I've seen enough blue screens to know this book is funny stuff---I've read the prayers on about page 171 ff., and rollicked all over my chair with side-splitting gales of laughter. Finished the "p's" and "r" entries and am thinking of 3 other computer lover/haters to whom I'd like to gift a copy. Hilarious! 

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
3
Section 3
18
Section 4
22
Section 5
32
Section 6
51
Section 7
63
Section 8
71
Section 11
91
Section 12
105
Section 13
110
Section 14
150
Section 15
158
Section 16
180
Section 17
187
Section 18
210

Section 9
78
Section 10
81

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About the author (1995)

Kelly-Bootle helped pioneer the EDSAC I computer. He is contributing editor to Software Development Magazine and a regular columnist in UNIX Review since 1984.

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