= V =
Vulcan nerve pinch n.
[from the old "Star Trek" TV
series via Commodore Amiga hackers] The keyboard combination that
forces a soft-boot or jump to ROM monitor (on machines that support
such a feature). On PC clones this is Ctrl-Alt-Del; on Suns, L1-A;
on Macintoshes, it is <Cmd>-<Power switch> or <Cmd>-<Ctrl>-<Power>!
On IRIX, <Left-Ctrl><Left-Shift><F12><Keypad-Slash>, which kills
and restarts the X server, is sometimes called a vulcan nerve pinch.
Also called three-finger salute and `Vulcan death grip'. At
shops with a lot of Microsoft Windows machines, this is often
called the `Microsoft Maneuver' because of the distressing
frequency with which Microsoft's unreliable software requires it.
Compare quadruple bucky.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.