The New Hacker's Dictionary
[MicroSoft Disk Operating System] A clone of CP/M for the 8088 crufted together in 6 weeks by hacker Tim Paterson at Seattle Computer Products, who called the original QDOS (Quick and Dirty Operating System) and is said to have regretted it ever since. Microsoft licensed QDOS in order to have something to demo for IBM on time, and the rest is history. Numerous features, including vaguely Unix-like but rather broken support for subdirectories, I/O redirection, and pipelines, were hacked into Microsoft's 2.0 and subsequent versions; as a result, there are two or more incompatible versions of many system calls, and MS-DOS programmers can never agree on basic things like what character to use as an option switch or whether to be case-sensitive. The resulting appalling mess is now the highest-unit-volume OS in history. Often known simply as DOS, which annoys people familiar with other similarly abbreviated operating systems (the name goes back to the mid-1960s, when it was attached to IBM's first disk operating system for the 360). The name further annoys those who know what the term operating system does (or ought to) connote; DOS is more properly a set of relatively simple interrupt services. Some people like to pronounce DOS like “dose”, as in “I don't work on dose, man!”, or to compare it to a dose of brain-damaging drugs (a slogan button in wide circulation among hackers exhorts: “MS-DOS: Just say No!”). See mess-dos.
The numerical value of MS DOS in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of MS DOS in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Shell to DOS... Come in DOS, do you copy Shell to DOS...
Don'ts, the 'Dos' are very simple: Just do what you're told.
Dos Santos has made it his policy to harass, imprison, or kill politicians, journalists, and activists who protest his rule.
There was a time when low-cost weddings and courthouse 'I Dos' were scandalized, but in recent years there has been much higher acceptance for weddings to take place in whatever way the couple envisions.
This is a pretty scary foreshadowing of what's going to be on [Sen. Mitch] McConnell's list of to dos in the next Congress and certainly dismantling the campaign finance system is high on his priority list.
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