bells and whistles


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bells and whistles

[′belz ən ′wis·əlz]
(computer science)
Special hardware features that are likely to attract attention but may not be important or even practical.

bells and whistles

(jargon)
(By analogy with the "toyboxes" on theatre organs). Features added to a program or system to make it more flavourful from a hacker's point of view, without necessarily adding to its utility for its primary function. Distinguished from chrome, which is intended to attract users. "Now that we've got the basic program working, let's go back and add some bells and whistles." No one seems to know what distinguishes a bell from a whistle.

bells and whistles

A slang English term for exceptional features in some product. In the computer field, it typically refers to functions in software that may be greatly appreciated by some users, even though they may not be necessary most of the time. Bells and whistles are extra "goodies" that are often added to help make the product more appealing. Contrast with plain vanilla.
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For over 9 years, Bells and Whistles improves the way users handle Outlook emails, by automating repetitive email tasks, such as writing greetings, signatures or disclaimers.
You might like Bing's general search performance, and you might enjoy its video preview, the way it handles flight schedules, or some other of its distinctive bells and whistles.
These owners know that bells and whistles may entertain an audience for a while--but the excellent, long-term delivery of every service requires substance and stability.
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While more advanced products might offer greater wireless transmission speeds and more bells and whistles, the ease of installation paired with the relatively low price make this a good buy.
This building will have a lot of the bells and whistles that companies are looking for," said Kim Morque, director of development for the Spinnaker Companies.
It's designed to appeal to a wide range of users -- from beginners looking for an easy way to organize, print and share their photos to more experienced users who want a high-performance media manager with all the bells and whistles.
Sometimes at a store, a salesperson may try to sell all the bells and whistles that aren't necessarily needed, Codron pointed out.