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Toxic Custard Workshop Files Dictionary Of Computing

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UG

"User Group", suffix of organisations where lots of people who have got nothing better to do with their third Wednesday evening of every month than talk about the latest in interface cards to similarly minded people.

Also occasionally heard when computer users return to their caveman roots when the technology gets the better of them.


UNDELETE

The old DOS command that you can never remember how to use when you need to use it, ie when you've just deleted that novel/thesis/theory about the space/time continuum you've been writing for the last five years. And even if you can remember how to use it, it's not in your version of DOS.

But of course - you had a back-up, didn't you.

See also: back-up DOS


UNIX

An operating system, which provides proof that the more powerful any piece of equipment is, the more difficult and cryptic the commands used to drive it. I still haven't worked out why the command to show file details is "ls".

See also: file


UPS

Uninterruptible Power Supply, a device that can fail all the time without anyone noticing, until it happens to fail during an electricity outage.


USERNAME

One of the two essential pieces of information needed to logon to a multiuser computer system. (The other one is the password). Usernames (or Logon IDs) come in four varieties:

Apart from "mongoose" and the dreaded X, I have endured all of these at one time or another.


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