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crawling horror
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jargon Ancient crufty hardware or software that is kept
obstinately alive by forces beyond the control of the hackers
at a site. Like dusty deck or gonkulator, but connotes
that the thing described is not just an irritation but an
active menace to health and sanity. "Mostly we code new stuff
in C, but they pay us to maintain one big Fortran II
application from nineteen-sixty-X that's a real crawling