dusty deck

dusty deck

Old software (especially applications) which one is obliged to remain compatible with, or to maintain. DP types call this "legacy code", a term hackers consider smarmy and excessively reverent. The term implies that the software in question is a holdover from card-punch days. Used especially when referring to old scientific and number crunching software, much of which was written in Fortran and very poorly documented but is believed to be too expensive to replace. See fossil; compare crawling horror.
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While the off-spinner dominated Henriques said India's two seamers, Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, had extracted enough reverse swing from the dusty deck to provide plenty of encouragement for Australia's bowlers.
Also on the Dusty deck will be Dean, Scott ``Nocturne'' of T-Funkshun, Magnet resident Jamie and Dusty resident Kwinzola.
As indicated in the first three side-bars of this article ("Speedups on a Dusty Deck," "Further Adventures with a Dusty Deck," and "Speedups on CPlex"), none of our experiments or projections show more than a 30-fold speed advantage in moving our code to a Cray.