Elevator controller



[toh-ster] /ˈtoʊ stər/

noun
1.
an instrument or appliance for bread, muffins, etc.
2.
a person who something.
[toh-ster] /ˈtoʊ stər/
noun
1.
a person who proposes or joins in a to someone or something.
/ˈtəʊstə/
noun
1.
a device for toasting bread, usually electric, and often equipped with an automatic timer
n.

1580s, agent noun from toast (v.1). Electrical type is from 1913. In reference to a person who proposes or pledges a drinking toast, from 1704 (from toast (v.2)).
jargon
1. The archetypal really stupid application for an embedded microprocessor controller; often used in comments that imply that a scheme is inappropriate technology (but see elevator controller). “DWIM for an assembler? That’d be as silly as running Unix on your toaster!”
2. A very, very dumb computer. “You could run this program on any dumb toaster.”
See bitty box, Get a real computer!, toy, beige toaster.
3. A Macintosh, especially the Classic Mac. Some hold that this is implied by sense 2.
4. A peripheral device. “I bought my box without toasters, but since then I’ve added two boards and a second disk drive”.
This is not usually to be taken literally but, to show off the expansion capabilities of the Risc PC, Acorn Computers Ltd. built a seven-slice machine (which they called “the rocket-ship”) and installed every imaginable peripheral. In a spare drive bay of the top slice they installed a toaster. This machine was exhibited at various shows where it attracted attention by occasionally ejecting a pizza.
[Jargon File]
(1997-07-18)

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