The Jargon File

Think flickr is addictive? Spend hours perusing Wikipedia? Then you better stay away from The Jargon File, a reference to geek terms maintained by hacking demigod Eric Raymond. You can easily spend HOURS learning the meaning behind words in geekspeek or (even more fun) reading about the background BEHIND these terms. Eric Raymond, the major co-author of the introduction, is a great author and the intro is as much fun as the rest of The Jargon File. Especially awesome is the part about the geek psyche. It explains why we find funny:

while(microsoft == evil)
world = messed_up;

because it’s implicitly an infinite loop. Read The Jargon File only at the peril of your life going down the drain….

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