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washing machine
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storage An old-style 14-inch hard disk in a floor-standing
cabinet. So called because of the size of the cabinet and the
"top-loading" access to the media packs - and, of course, they
were always set on "spin cycle". The thick channel cables
connecting these were called "bit hoses". The
washing-machine idiom transcends language barriers; it is even
used in Russian hacker jargon.