bitty box

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bitty box

/bit'ee boks/ n.
1. A computer sufficiently small, primitive, or incapable as to cause a hacker acute claustrophobia at the thought of developing software on or for it. Especially used of small, obsolescent, single-tasking-only personal machines such as the Atari 800, Osborne, Sinclair, VIC-20, TRS-80, or IBM PC.
2. [Pejorative] More generally, the opposite of `real computer' (see Get a real computer!). See also mess-dos, toaster, and toy.
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(Or "calculator") /bit'ee boks/ A computer sufficiently small, primitive, or incapable as to cause a hacker acute claustrophobia at the thought of developing software on or for it. The term is especially used of small, obsolescent, single-tasking-only personal computers such as the Atari 800, Osborne, Sinclair, VIC-20, TRS-80 or IBM PC, but the term is a general pejorative opposite of "real computer" (see Get a real computer!).
See also mess-dos, toaster, toy.
(1994-11-29)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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