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stone knives and bearskins
Stone Age n.,adj.
1. In computer folklore, an ill-defined
period from ENIAC (ca. 1943) to the mid-1950s; the great age of
electromechanical dinosaurs. Sometimes used for the entire
period up to 1960-61 (see Iron Age); however, it is funnier
and more descriptive to characterize the latter period in terms of
a `Bronze Age' era of transistor-logic, pre-ferrite-core
machines with drum or CRT mass storage (as opposed to just mercury
delay lines and/or relays). See also Iron Age. 2. More
generally, a pejorative for any crufty, ancient piece of hardware
or software technology. Note that this is used even by people who
were there for the Stone Age (sense 1).
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.