EBCDIC /eb's*-dik/, /eb'see`dik/, Or /eb'k*-dik/ N.

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EBCDIC /eb's*-dik/, /eb'see`dik/, or /eb'k*-dik/ n.

[abbreviation, Extended Binary Coded Decimal Interchange Code] An
alleged character set used on IBM dinosaurs. It exists in at
least six mutually incompatible versions, all featuring such
delights as non-contiguous letter sequences and the absence of
several ASCII punctuation characters fairly important for modern
computer languages (exactly which characters are absent varies
according to which version of EBCDIC you're looking at). IBM
adapted EBCDIC from punched card code in the early 1960s and
promulgated it as a customer-control tactic (see connector conspiracy), spurning
Today, IBM claims to be an open-systems company, but IBM's own
description of the EBCDIC variants and how to convert between them
is still internally classified top-secret, burn-before-reading.
Hackers blanch at the very name of EBCDIC and consider it a
manifestation of purest evil. See also fear and loathing