ASCII geek slang for Microsoft, a dominant software company that has been indicted on federal anti-trust charges, makers of the Windows operating system.

Linux-loving geeks are wont to employ this ASCII slang on anti-Windows web pages, Linux message boards, e2 w/u's and the like, for two obvious reasons: (1) to prevent litigious action from the software giant and (2) to jape the perceived monopolisitc tendencies of the Redmond, Washington-based organization.

I'm not saying Bill Gates is an evil overlord at all, Mr. Softlinker! I'm saying this is how he is perceived. That's exactly what I said, "to jape the perceived monopolistic tendencies"! perceived perceived perceived, read my node before you softlink!