= M =
An abbreviation of the full name Microsoft
resembling the rather bogus way Windows 9x's VFAT filesystem
truncates long file names to fit in the MS-DOS 8+3 scheme (the real
filename is stored elsewhere). If other files start with the same
prefix, they'll be called micros~2 and so on, causing lots of
problems with backups and other routine system-administration
problems. During the US Antitrust trial against Microsoft the
names Micros~1 and Micros~2 were suggested for the two companies
that would exist after a break-up.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.