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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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And we could explore the feasibility of incorporating ads." Kaiser was outlining a service much more substantial than what the Post had offered CompuServe subscribers in the 1980s, but by today's standards it would be derided as mere shovelware. There was, however, a prescient passage in his memo in which the editor grasped the essence of the online experience that to this day has eluded many others in his profession: We tend to use new media first to replicate the products produced by old media--so early TV consisted of visible radio shows, for example.
Multimedia is not shovelware. People want to use the computer as a tool, not a TV.
Although more than 200 American newspapers offer an online edition, most are simply an electronic version of the printed newspaper--a "shovelware" version, as it's known on the Internet.
Simply sticking your content - or "shovelware" - on a web site just doesn't cut it any more.
Some publishers practice "shovelware," or tossing the bulk of a print version's content directly online without editing or selecting the appropriate stories for the Internet.
There's even a word for it: shovelware - adding a couple of hot links, and then wondering why nobody's stopping by to say hello.
You've created shovelware. There is nothing very innovative or dynamic about asci text on a screen.
"'Shovelware' was a dirty word two or three years ago, and every site bragged about its original content, created exclusively for the Web.