1. Notional cause of an odd error. "Why did the program suddenly turn the screen blue?" "Sunspots, I guess."

2. Also the cause of bit rot - from the myth that sunspots will increase cosmic rays, which can flip single bits in memory. See also phase of the moon.

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Unflattering hackerism for SunTools, a pre-X windowing environment notorious in its day for size, slowness, and misfeatures. X, however, is larger and slower; see second-system effect.

Nearby terms:

Sun Microsystems, Inc.SunOSsunspotssun-stoolsSunViewSUNY

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