= F =
1. [common] Non-working due to hardware
failure; burnt out. Especially used of hardware brought down by a
`power glitch' (see glitch), drop-outs, a short, or
some other electrical event. (Sometimes this literally happens to
electronic circuits! In particular, resistors can burn out and
transformers can melt down, emitting noxious smoke -- see
friode, SED and LER. However, this term is also
used metaphorically.) Compare frotzed. 2. [common] Of
people, exhausted. Said particularly of those who continue to work
in such a state. Often used as an explanation or excuse. "Yeah,
I know that fix destroyed the file system, but I was fried when I
put it in." Esp. common in conjunction with `brain': "My
brain is fried today, I'm very short on sleep."
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.