To be exploited and oppressed by your boss. Derived from
the experiences of Dilbert, the geek-in-hell comic strip
character. "I've been dilberted again. The old man revised
the specs for the fourth time this week."
The process by which links on a web page became obsolete
as the sites they're connected to change location or die.
A euphemism for old computers destined to be scrapped or
turned into decorative ornaments. "I paid three grand for
that Mac SE, and now it's nothing but chip jewelry."
A badly written or profoundly useless Java applet. "I just
wasted 30 minutes downloading this stinkin' crapplet!"
A new hire who doesn't need any training. "The new guy, John, is
great. He's totally plug-and-play."
WORLD WIDE WAIT
The real meaning of WWW.
A hard-core CGI script programmer with all the social skills and
charisma of a plastic action figure.
Feelings of emptiness and dissatisfaction triggered by addictive
substances that lack nutritional content. "I just spent six
hours surfing the Web, and now I've got a bad case of Dorito
UNDER MOUSE ARREST
Getting busted for violating an online service's rule of
conduct. "Sorry I couldn't get back to you. AOL put me under
Corporate-speak for sleeping with your eyes open. A popular
pastime at conferences and early-morning meetings. "Didn't he
notice that half the room was glazing by the second session?"
Someone who's clueless. From the World Wide Web message
"404, URL Not Found," meaning that the document you've tried
to access can't be located. "Don't bother asking him...he's
DEAD TREE EDITION
The paper version of a publication available in both paper
and electronic forms, as in: "The dead tree edition of the
San Francisco Chronicle..."
Scanning the net, databases, print media, or research
papers looking for the mention of your name.
The place you go while you're staring at a computer that's
processing something very slowly, while you watch the gray
bar creep across the screen. "I was in graybar land for
what seemed like hours, thanks to that CAD rendering."
People who work at home or telecommute.
SQUIRT THE BIRD
To transmit a signal up to a satellite. "Crew and talent are
ready...what time do we squirt the bird?"
The disgusting buildup of dirt and crud found on computer
keyboards. "Are there any other terminals I can use? This
one has a bad case of keyboard plaque."
CAREER-LIMITING MOVE, CLM
Used among microserfs to describe an ill-advised activity.
Trashing your boss while he or she is within earshot is a
The most knowledgeable, technically-proficient person in
an office or work group. "Ask Larry, he's the alpha geek
The rarified organizational layers beginning just above the rank
and file. Decisions that fall from the adminisphere are often
profoundly inappropriate or irrelevant to the problems they were
designed to solve.
People who are taking training classes just to get a vacation
from their jobs. "We had about three serious students in the
class; the rest were tourists."
BLOWING YOUR BUFFER
Losing one's train of thought. Occurs when the person you
are speaking with won't let you get a word in edgewise or has
just said something so astonishing that your train gets
derailed. "Damn, I just blew my buffer!"
Older, experienced business people hired by young
entrepreneurial firms looking to appear more reputable and
To take note of a person for future reference, a metaphor
borrowed from web browsers. "I bookmarked him after seeing
his cool demo at Siggraph."
Nickname for AOL's less-than-full-featured Web browser.
The brief seizure people sometimes suffer when their
beepers go off, especially in vibrator mode. Characterized
by physical spasms, goofy facial expressions, and stopping
speech in mid-sentence.