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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Bells and Whistles for Outlook is available directly from DS Development SRL at http://www.outlook-apps.com.
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Yet a far-seeing approach, not just the latest bells and whistles, may be the best asset in successfully applying such systems, argues Accenture manager Stephen W.
Products appealing to consumers on the higher bell curve will be driven by lots of bells and whistles and continuous changes in product offerings.
I think there was this hype to always update, but it may have been more bells and whistles."
The folks at Mujer Bonita, if there are any left, have produced a moderately unchallenging Cosmo-style online mag with all the technical bells and whistles but very few visitors.
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Yes, I think CEOs do see beyond the bells and whistles but I don't know that they're always able to quantify that or put that down in a business case analysis.