not ready for prime time


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not ready for prime time

Usable, but only just so; not very robust; for internal use only. Said of a program or device. Often connotes that the thing will be made more solid Real Soon Now. This term comes from the ensemble name of the original cast of "Saturday Night Live", the "Not Ready for Prime Time Players". It has extra flavour for hackers because of the special (though now semi-obsolescent) meaning of prime time. Compare beta.
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Will column in the fall ran under the headline, "Timid GOP Not Ready for Prime Time.
Up until very recently, VoIP was something talked about, but not ready for prime time," he said.
While the actual revolver was not ready for prime time at the expo, it was thoroughly handled at the SHOT Show.
Some of the proposed names were not ready for prime time, but they came up with one that sounded good: Beaver t'Ale.
Discussing the prospects for Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows XP, he comments: "It is not ready for prime time.
Online, hobbled by its delivery infrastructure, is simply not ready for prime time in that respect.
Several dancers possessed strong technique along with good looks and considerable charm, while others were clearly not ready for prime time.
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Despite assurances from Janek and Perry that Texas is prepared to operate the program without federal funds, Donna Howard, D-Austin said in a statement that she was not surprised the "plan to begin implementing the Texas Women's Health Program without federal funds is not ready for prime time.
The earlier effort to put chips directly in branded products failed because Google TV software was not ready for prime time and people did not readily buy set-top boxes, Brookwood said.
This is not ready for prime time yet, but I believe the current personal genomics industry which relies on one gene for diabetes or another condition to predict your age is very misleading," he said.