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shovelware

/shuh'v*l-weir"/ Extra software dumped onto a CD-ROM or tape to fill up the remaining space on the medium after the software distribution it's intended to carry, but not integrated with the distribution.

shovelware

The many "extra" programs pre-installed on some PCs that offer little value (they are "shoveled" in without regard to quality). Also called "crapware," shovelware is geared to first-time buyers, who think they are getting more for their money. The term first appeared in the mid-1990s when tons of shareware programs were copied onto CD-ROMs and advertised in magazines or sold at computer flea markets. See wares.
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The truth is, consumers are spoiled: They expected CD-ROMs to look just like tv, and instead we delivered bad video and shovelware content.
Too many electronic news products are simply shovelware, scooping up the old flat text used in the ink-on-paper product and throwing it on the screen," says Nora Paul, who directs programs for news librarians and news researchers at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St.
With Hollywood-themed titles, panel discussions at the conference will provide media leaders and online journalists with ideas that they can take back to their newsrooms on everything from business to content, including topics such as: "Survivor -- The Newsroom: How to Get Shovelware Off Your News Island" and "Extreme Makeover: How to Make Your Site Gorgeous, Friendly and Popular.
11 are the main shovelware concerns," said East Coast friend.