red wire

<jargon, hardware>

(IBM) Patch wires installed by programmers who have no business mucking with the hardware. It is said that the only thing more dangerous than a hardware guy with a code patch is a softy with a soldering iron.

Compare blue wire, yellow wire, purple wire.

[Jargon File]

Last updated: 1994-12-23

Nearby terms:

Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disksred wirered zonere-engineering

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