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bob

1
1. Bell-ringing a particular set of changes
2. Angling
a. short for bobfloat
b. the topmost fly on a cast of three, often fished bobbing at the surface
c. this position on a wet-fly cast

bob

2
1. a dangling or hanging object, such as the weight on a pendulum or on a plumb line
2. a polishing disc on a rotating spindle. It is usually made of felt, leather, etc., impregnated with an abrasive material
3. Angling a small knot of worms, maggots, etc., used as bait
4. Prosody a very short line of verse at the end of a stanza or preceding a rhyming quatrain (the wheel) at the end of a stanza
5. a refrain or burden with such a short line or lines
6. a docked tail, esp of a horse
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bob

[bäb]
(metallurgy)
A feeding device for providing molten metal to a casting during solidification to prevent shrinkage.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

plumb bob, plummet

A shaped metal weight which is suspended from the lower end of a line to determine the vertical. (See illustration p. 744.)
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

Bob

David Betz. A tiny object-oriented language.

ftp://ftp.mv.com/pub/ddj/packages/bob15.arc.

[Dr Dobbs J, Sep 1991, p.26].
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Microsoft Bob

An alternate interface for Windows from Microsoft that was designed for people afraid of computers. Introduced in 1996, Bob came with a word processor, checkbook and other home-oriented utilities. Rather than the desktop metaphor, Bob used household rooms decorated with familiar objects. There was even a selection of outdoor scenes visible through the windows in the house. The dog Rover provided online help.

Too Cutesy
Bob never became popular because it was downright silly, treating people as if they were infants. Even the name Bob was chosen because surveys claimed it was friendly. But instead of refining the Windows interface, designers went to the other extreme. People were, and still are, afraid of computers because the menus are too complicated. The only help novices ever needed and still need is a separate beginner's menu with limited choices, not turning the desktop into a house.


The Public Family Room
This family room was Bob's startup screen. Clicking the calendar launched the calendar program; clicking the $ box opened a financial guide and so on. The windows in Microsoft Bob were not application windows. They were views looking out the window from the house (top). Words such as "Looky" were meant to be friendly but were just plain infantile. (Images courtesy of Dan Rose.)


The Public Family Room
This family room was Bob's startup screen. Clicking the calendar launched the calendar program; clicking the $ box opened a financial guide and so on. The windows in Microsoft Bob were not application windows. They were views looking out the window from the house (top). Words such as "Looky" were meant to be friendly but were just plain infantile. (Images courtesy of Dan Rose.)
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References in classic literature ?
"I know the chap as owns the ferrets," said Bob, in a hoarse treble voice, as he shuffled along, keeping his blue eyes fixed on the river, like an amphibious animal who foresaw occasion for darting in.
Yap, feeling the withering influence of this scorn, tucked his tail in and shrank close to Tom's leg, who felt a little hurt for him, but had not the superhuman courage to seem behindhand with Bob in contempt for a dog who made so poor a figure.
"Hev ferrets, Measter Tom," said Bob, eagerly,--"them white ferrets wi' pink eyes; Lors, you might catch your own rots, an' you might put a rot in a cage wi' a ferret, an' see 'em fight, you might.
Benjamin Allen; 'and the cigars were not bad, or the pork-chops either; were they, Bob?'
'Decidedly not,' said Bob. The particular friends resumed their attack upon the breakfast, more freely than before, as if the recollection of last night's supper had imparted a new relish to the meal.
'No,' replied 'Bob Sawyer; 'can't afford expensive luxuries.'
Mortimer rang the bell to pay the score, and Bob appeared to transact that business with him: whom Eugene, in his careless extravagance, asked if he would like a situation in the lime-trade?
'Thankee sir, no sir,' said Bob. 'I've a good sitiwation here, sir.'
`Not coming.' said Bob, with a sudden declension in his high spirits; for he had been Tim's blood horse all the way from church, and had come home rampant.
asked Mrs Cratchit, when she had rallied Bob on his credulity, and Bob had hugged his daughter to his heart's content.
Forty miles up the river, at what had been described to him as Quartz Creek, he came upon signs of Bob Henderson's work, and also at Australia Creek, thirty miles farther on.
Now if Daylight or Bob Henderson had recorded claims and shown coarse gold, they'd known there was something in it.