blinkenlight

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Etymology[edit]

Originally a spoof on German blinken (blink, flash) and German Licht (Light) for English blinking English lights; equivalent to blink +‎ light

Noun[edit]

blinkenlight (plural blinkenlights)

  1. A flashing light or beacon light.
    • Red Blinkenlight — Matt's RV-7 (airplane) Project, 2005
    • Korean War era Tank Retriever Blinkenlight a la redstyle. — photograph comment, "tank retriever blinkenlight", deviantART, 2007
    • The Smart, Stealth LED Blinkenlight — Instructables, LED Bikelight, 2011
  2. A status light on a electronic or electric device such as a modem, router, network hub, and so forth.
    • Running a PDP-11 simulation with SIMH … is just half the fun, because you do not get the blinkenlight console. — Henk Gooijen, Homebrew 'PDP=11', undated
    • Blinkenlight … An indicator light. … The blinkenlight interface is used to switch on and off an indicator light, …Blinkenlight, Interface Specification, Coroware Support Pages for Player 3.01, 2005
    • Found a link to the USB blinkenlight hub.blinkenlight USB2 hub, 2007
    • Heat Controlled Blinkenlight — Gavin Black, "Blinkenlight", 2008
    • Das Blinkenlight Effect. So, remember my funky battery light problem? — Paul Frankenstein, "Das Blinkenlight Effect", 2006
    • Mysterious Eigenharp offers blinkenlight sitar looks — Tim Stevens, Engadget: News, 2009
    • In general, computers have long since become too fast for blinkenlight displays to be of much use in debugging problems, — Discover Magazine Online, "This Day in History: The Birth of Blinkenlights", Mar, 2009

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