1. <software> General synonym for crash
except that it is not used as a noun.
Especially used of software or OS
"Don't run Empire with less than 32K stack, it'll bomb".
2. <operating system> Atari ST and Macintosh
equivalents of a Unix
" or Amiga guru
, in which icon
s of little black-powder bombs or mushroom clouds are displayed, indicating that the system has died.
On the Macintosh
, this may be accompanied by a decimal (or occasionally hexadecimal
) number indicating what went wrong, similar to the Amiga guru meditation
computers tend to lock up in this situation.
3. <software> A piece of code embedded in a program that remains dormant until it is triggered.
Logic bombs are triggered by an event whereas time bombs are triggered either after a set amount of time has elapsed, or when a specific date is reached.