The sort said to be possessed by persons for whom the transition from punched card to paper tape was traumatic (nobody has dared tell them about disks yet). It is said that these people, including (according to an old joke) the founder of IBM, will be buried “face down, 9-edge first” (the 9-edge being the bottom of the card). This directive is inscribed on IBM’s 1402 and 1622 card readers and is referenced in a famous bit of doggerel called “The Last Bug”, the climactic lines of which are as follows:
He died at the console Of hunger and thirst. Next day he was buried, Face down, 9-edge first.
The eighty-column mind is thought by most hackers to dominate IBM’s customer base and its thinking.
See fear and loathing, card walloper.
[ey-tee-eyt] /ˈeɪ tiˈeɪt/ noun 1. a cardinal number, 80 plus 8. 2. a symbol for this number, as 88 or LXXXVIII. 3. a set of this many persons or things. 4. Slang. the keys of a piano or the piano itself: tickle the old eighty-eight. adjective 5. amounting to 88 in number.
[ey-tee-eytth, -eyth] /ˈeɪ tiˈeɪtθ, -ˈeɪθ/ adjective 1. next after the eighty-seventh; being the ordinal number for 88. 2. being one of 88 equal parts. noun 3. an eighty-eighth part, especially of one (1/88). 4. the eighty-eighth member of a series.
[ey-tee-fifth] /ˈeɪ tiˈfɪfθ/ adjective 1. next after the eighty-fourth; being the ordinal number for 85. 2. being one of 85 equal parts. noun 3. an eighty-fifth part, especially of one (1/85). 4. the eighty-fifth member of a series.
noun 1. the provision of government information and services by means of the internet and other computer resources