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Meaning of DINOSAUR

Pronunciation:  'dInu`sor

Matching Terms:  dinosaur pen, dinosauria, dinosaurs mating

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1. Any hardware requiring raised flooring and special power. Used especially of old minicomputers and mainframes, in contrast with newer microprocessor-based machines.

In a famous quote from the 1988 Unix EXPO, bill joy compared the liquid-cooled mainframe in the massive ibm display with a grazing dinosaur "with a truck outside pumping its bodily fluids through it". IBM was not amused.

Compare big iron; see also dinosaurs mating.

2. [IBM] A very conservative user; a zipperhead.

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Thesaurus Terms
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