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jargon /wi:r'hed/ (Probably from SF slang for an electrical
brain-stimulation addict) 1. A hardware hacker, especially one
who concentrates on communications hardware.
2. An expert in local-area networks. A wirehead can be a
network software wizard too, but will always have the ability
to deal with network hardware, down to the smallest component.
Wireheads are known for their ability to lash up an Ethernet
terminator from spare resistors, for example.