= G =
[WPI] 1. v. To hack, usually at
night. At WPI, from 1975 onwards, one who gweeped could often be
found at the College Computing Center punching cards or crashing
the PDP-10 or, later, the DEC-20. A correspondent who was
there at the time opines that the term was originally
onomatopoetic, describing the keyclick sound of the Datapoint
terminals long connected to the PDP-10; others allege that `gweep'
was the sound of the Datapoint's bell (compare feep). The
term has survived the demise of those technologies, however, and
was still alive in early 1999. "I'm going to go gweep for a
while. See you in the morning." "I gweep from 8 PM till 3 AM
during the week." 2. n. One who habitually gweeps in sense 1;
a hacker. "He's a hard-core gweep, mumbles code in his
sleep." Derogatory in connotation, and not used in self-reference.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.