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.
We unhooked the boat anchors and retrieved the first duck of our voyage.
They found a white male floating with a heavy boat anchor attached to him with a rope.
makes good boat anchor. Mere existence makes God shudder.
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. Actually, the KC-135 was not originally intended to be the Air Force's first GATM program.
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.
Their attention-deficit company includes the succinctly titled '101 Things Removed From the Human Body.' Billed as a 'shockumentary' series, the items it featured included an ice pick, a bag of nails, a javelin, a boat anchor, a bicycle pump-and a human body!