= S =
stone knives and bearskins n.
[from the Star Trek Classic
episode "The City on the Edge of Forever"] A term
traditionally used to describe (and deprecate) computing
environments that are grotesquely primitive in light of what is
known about good ways to design things. As in "Don't get too used
to the facilities here. Once you leave SAIL it's stone knives and
bearskins as far as the eye can see". Compare steam-powered.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.