= B =
Blue Glue n.
[IBM; obs.] IBM's SNA (Systems Network
Architecture), an incredibly losing and bletcherous
communications protocol once widely favored at commercial shops that
didn't know any better (like other proprietary networking
protocols, it became obsolete and effectively disappeared after the
Internet explosion c.1994). The official IBM definition is "that which
binds blue boxes together." See fear and loathing. It may
not be irrelevant that Blue Glue is the trade name of a 3M
product that is commonly used to hold down the carpet squares to
the removable panel floors common in dinosaur pens. A
correspondent at U. Minn. reports that the CS department there has
about 80 bottles of the stuff hanging about, so they often refer to
any messy work to be done as `using the blue glue'.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.