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red wire

red wire in Technology

jargon, hardware
(IBM) Patch wires installed by programmers who have no business mucking with the hardware. It is said that the only thing more dangerous than a hardware guy with a code patch is a softy with a soldering iron.
Compare blue wire, yellow wire, purple wire.
[Jargon File]
(1994-12-23)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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  • When I give you the word, tear that off and you'll see one red wire in the cable.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
  • She filled the 731 plug with solder and reached for the white, black, red wire.

  • The body of the roadster, painted a bright green, stood out sharply by reason of the red wire wheels.

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