A typically small and loosely structured group of people who research and develop a project for the sake of innovation. The term typically is used in regard to technology projects. A skunkworks often operates independent of a company��s normal research and development operations and therefore often is subject to limitations in resources. Skunkworks projects often are undertaken in secret with the understanding that if the development is successful then the product will be designed later according to the usual process. A famous example of a skunkworks project is the first Apple Macintosh computer.
The term comes from the Skonk Works, the Kickapoo Joy Juice bootleg brewing operation in Al Capp��s Li��l Abner comic strip.
- skyscraper ad
An online banner, image or media ad that is taller than the standard 120×240 pixel vertical banner ad.
- slack space
The unused space in a disk cluster. The DOS and Windows file systems use fixed-size clusters. Even if the actual data being stored requires less storage than the cluster size, an entire cluster is reserved for the file. The unused space is called the slack space. DOS and older Windows systems use a 16-bit file […]
- slag code
Another name for a logic bomb.
- slate PC
A class of notebook computer that accepts input from an electronic pen rather than from a keyboard. Slate PCs are particularly useful in situations where keyboards are awkward or unnecessary. Typically, slate PCs can decipher clearly written block letters and translate them into their ASCII equivalents. To date, however, they cannot handle script, although the […]
Any device that is controlled by another device, called the master.