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028 - Silicon Valley Speak

If you're going to walk the walk, you've got to talk the talk. Thanks to Carole Lipski for passing this one along to me.
  • percussive maintenance

  • The fine art of whacking the stuffing out of 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

  • Losing your train of thought. 
  • yuppie food coupons

  • Twenty dollar bills from an ATM. 
  • square headed girlfriend (or boyfriend) 

  • Your computer. 
  • treeware

  • Manuals and documentation. 
  • umfriend

  • Concealed intimate relationship, as in, "This is Dale," 
  • batmobiling

  • Putting up emotional shields (from the retracting armor that covers the batmobile), as in, "She started talking marriage and he started batmobiling." 
  • beepilepsy

  • Afflicts those with vibrating pagers characterized by sudden spasms, goofy facial expressions and loss of speech and voluntary muscle coordination. 
  • 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 WWW site that never changes. 
  • high dome

  • Egghead, scientist, PhD. 
  • Elvis year

  • The peak year of popularity, as in, "1993 was Barney the Dinosaur's Elvis year." 
  • gigglebyte

  • 1000 megabytes
  • generica

  • Fast food joints, strip malls, sub-divisions, as in, "We were so lost in generica that we couldn't remember what city we were passing through." 
  • irritainment

  • Annoying but you can't stop watching, e.g. the O.J. trial. 
  • meatspace

  • The physical world (as opposed to the virtual), also "carbon community", "facetime", "F2F", "RL." 
  • siliwood (also hollywired)

  • The coming convergence of movies, interactive TV and computers. 
  • world wide wait

  • WWW 

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