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object - a program unit in OOP.
An object has behaviors and states encapsulated
within the object. Objects tend to manage themselves as they respond to
requests or commands, so that they can be used without knowledge or regard
to their internal functionality. See instance,
object module - a software component
created by compiling one or more source
files. Object modules are linked with libraries
to create an executable. Object modules
are usually contain machine-specific instructions generated from non-machine
specific source code.
object-oriented - based on objects.
- a programming framework which makes use of objects,
and features encapsulation and inheritance.
See OOP, C++, instance,
child object, parent
objet d'art - see oops
Object Linking and Embedding
- a method of communciating between Windows applications. Largely replaced
by ActiveX under Windows 95. See Dynamic
obsolete - 1. adj. describing your new hardware
or software 2. v. to push into oblivion.
OFB - Obligatory Flame
Bait, an intentionally provocative statement.
off-black - a near black
color using RGB values slightly greater than (0,
0, 0), such as (1, 1, 1) and occupying a position other than the last one
(index 255) in the palette. Using off-black allows you to properly perform
a Fade to White under Windows with Director. See off-white.
off-line - 1. adj. not ready, such as a printer
or a network. See down, on-line.
2. in private, rather than in a meeting, such as "Let's discuss this
off the shelf - 1. n. where you cat knocks
your expensive vase; 2. adj. not requiring modification, or readily available
on the commercial market. Contrast custom.
off-white - a near white
color using RGB values slightly less than (255,
255, 255), such as (254, 254, 254) and occupying a position other than the
first one (index 0) in the palette. Using off-white allows you to properly
perform a Fade to Black under Windows with Director. See off-black.
O. Henry - author of Gift of the Magi,
nom de plume of William Sidney Porter.
Oh Henry! - 1. a candy bar, named after Henry
"Hammerin' Hank" Aaron, see Reggie,
Baby Ruth. 2. what Dennis the Menace's Mom
said to his Dad on their wedding night.
OLE - see Object
Linking and Embedding.
ole - what bulls really hate to hear.
oleo - a type of margarine.
Olsen, Kenneth - founder and one-time
beleagured CEO of DEC.
Graduate of MIT and one of the most boring speakers
I have ever heard.
Olympus, Mount 1. a mountain in NE Greece,
on the boundary between Thessaly and Macedonia: the mythical abode of the
greater Grecian gods, including Zeus when he is
not on the web. 9769 ft. 2. a mountain in NW Washington State (US): highest
peak in the Olympic Mountains 7954 ft. 3. a camera and electronics manufacturer.
on - the Lingo keyword
is used to indicate a handler, such as
on-line - 1. adj. ready, such as a printer
or a network. See off-line. 2. electronic or on
the internet. as in, "Is there an on-line version of the documentation?"
OOP - see object-oriented
oops - see mess on floor.
open scarf - available for consumption or
use with the consent of the owner, as in "Are these Oreos
open scarf or are they for the staff meeting?" See freeware,
scarf, and MIT
operating system - the low-level program(s)
that control the basic functioning of the computer. Popular OS's include
Windows, the Mac OS
(aka System 7), UNIX.
Less popular, older OS's include VMS, CP/M,
DOS, and many others.
Opti-Grab - 1. n. eyeglass handle invented
by Navin Johnson; 2. v. "Opti-Grabbing It" - to use Opti-Grab
option - a user-configurable choice or setting.
optionDown - the Lingo property
the optionDown indicates
whether the Option key is being pressed.
Option key - the Option
key is used to modify other key commands. For example, Option-M indicates
that you should press the M key while holding down the Option key, as you
would the Shift key. Refer to the Lingo property
the optionDown. See
Alt key, Command
or - a boolean operator that performs a logical
comparison. If either operand is True, the result is True. For example,
True OR False = True, False OR False = False, True OR True = True. See and,
xor, not, and refer to
the TechNote, "Understanding
OR - Operating Room. See ER.
Oracle - 1. an ancient prophet. 2. database
company based in Redwood City, CA, headed by Larry
Ellison. See NC.
Oreo - a chocolate and creme filled cookie
org - (pronounced "dot org", not "Oh-Are-Gee")
the final portion of the domain name of a not-for-profit
organization. See com, edu,
gov, mil, net,
OS - see operating system.
OS/2 - 1. IBM's failed
attempt to displace Microsoft operating
systems from dominance. Distributed originally with PS/2
computers, but there was no real correlation between the two. 2. half an
OS/2 Warp - a critically acclaimed, but unsucessfully
marketed, piece of software that failed at warp speed once Windows 95 was
OTOH - On The Other Hand,
common e-mail abbreviation.
outstanding issue - 1. a bug.
2. the swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated.
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