El Camino Bignum = E = elegant

elder days n.

The heroic age of hackerdom (roughly, pre-1980); the era of the PDP-10, TECO, ITS, and the ARPANET. This term has been rather consciously adopted from J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy epic "The Lord of the Rings". Compare Iron Age; see also elvish and Great Worm.

--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.