boat anchor


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boat anchor

(1)
Like doorstop but more severe; implies that the offending hardware is irreversibly dead or useless. "That was a working motherboard once. One lightning strike later, instant boat anchor!"

boat anchor

(2)
A person who just takes up space.

boat anchor

(3)
Obsolete but still working hardware, especially when used of an old S100-bus hobbyist system; originally a term of annoyance, but became more and more affectionate as the hardware became more and more obsolete.
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The metalcaster used to make boat anchors for a company that sells the product to Wal-Mart's marine division, but a few years ago Wal-Mart began importing from overseas.
BRIMFIELD - Reports that the last typewriter factory in the world would close its doors were false, but the news, erroneous as it was, may have sparked interest in the clicking, clacking collectibles that were once considered useful only as boat anchors.
We unhooked the boat anchors and retrieved the first duck of our voyage.
Either keep your virus program up-to-date or pull the plug and reassign your computer to serve as a doorstop or boat anchor.
The Air Force did not want the first GATM aircraft fleet to end up a boat anchor.
This is one warning: Be careful not to sign up for lengthy contracts for these new data networks; the marketplace is evolving quickly and the technology that seems adequate and affordable today could very well be tomorrow's boat anchor.
In some areas, local laws require a diver to go down with a boat anchor to avoid disturbing marine life.
They found a 100-pound boat anchor in the same area yesterday, but they are not sure if it belongs to the ship.
Before I knew it I was in possession of the world's most expensive boat anchor, and to make things worse, I bought a flash drive with twice the memory yesterday - and it all just came flooding back.
Because the new super-computer they'd just bought, became the PC eguivalent of a boat anchor.