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Meaning of VULCAN NERVE PINCH

 
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(Or "three-finger salute", Vulcan death grip; from the old "Star Trek" TV series via commodore amiga hackers) The keyboard combination that forces a soft boot or jump to rom monitor (on machines that support such a feature).

On an Amiga this is done with Ctrl/Right Amiga/Left Amiga; on ibm pcs and many microcomputers it is Ctrl/Alt/Del; on suns, L1-A; on some macintoshes, it is -! Silicon Graphics users are obviously the most dextrous however, as these machines use the five-finger combination: Left Shift/Left Ctrl/Left Alt/Keypad Divide/F12.

Compare quadruple bucky.

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