monty /mon'tee/ /n./ 1. [US Geological Survey] A program
with a ludicrously complex user interface written to perform
extremely trivial tasks. An example would be a menu-driven, button
clicking, pulldown, pop-up windows program for listing directories.
The original monty was an infamous weather-reporting program, Monty
the Amazing Weather Man, written at the USGS. Monty had a
widget-packed X-window interface with over 200 buttons; and all
monty actually *did* was FTP files off the network.
2. [Great Britain; commonly capitalized as `Monty' or as `the
Full Monty'] 16 megabytes of memory, when fitted to an IBM-PC or
compatible. A standard PC-compatible using the AT- or ISA-bus with
a normal BIOS cannot access more than 16 megabytes of RAM.
Generally used of a PC, Unix workstation, etc. to mean `fully
populated with' memory, disk-space or some other desirable
resource. This usage is possibly derived from a TV commercial for
Del Monte fruit juice, in which one of the characters insisted on
"the full Del Monte". Compare American moby.
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