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cybercrud in Technology

/si:'ber-kruhd/ 1. (Coined by Ted Nelson) Obfuscatory tech-talk. Verbiage with a high MEGO factor. The computer equivalent of bureaucratese.
2. Incomprehensible stuff embedded in e-mail. First there were the "Received" headers that show how mail flows through systems, then MIME (Multi-purpose Internet Mail Extensions) headers and part boundaries, and now huge blocks of hex for PEM (Privacy Enhanced Mail) or PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) digital signatures and certificates of authenticity. This stuff all has a purpose and good user interfaces should hide it, but all too often users are forced to wade through it.
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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