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easter egging

easter egging in Technology

(IBM, From the custom of the Easter Egg hunt observed in the US and many parts of Europe) The act of replacing unrelated components more or less at random in the hope that a malfunction will go away. Hackers consider this the normal operating mode of field circus techs and do not love them for it.
Compare Easter egg, shotgun debugging.
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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