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cheese +‎ -ware


cheeseware (uncountable)

  1. (computing, slang, pejorative) Exceptionally low-quality software.
    • 2000, "The New Computers in School", Strategic Finance, 1 September 2000:
      Perhaps most important, it has removed us even further from the "gee whiz!" mind-set that dominated our first reactions to computing--a frame of mind that made us so appreciative of the wondrous complexity of those putty-colored boxes that we became vulnerable to the half-baked, the beta, and even the well-marketed cheeseware.
    • 2002 January 3, John Capriotti, “Re: Walmart: Games in DVD cases??”, in, Usenet[1]:
      Many of the games they stock now are already in the mini-boxes, new titles not just cheeseware.
    • 2005 August 9, Phil Thompson, “Re: AOL Broadband”, in uk.telecom.broadband, Usenet[2]:
      To run the AOL cheeseware on more than one machine at once (why, FFS, I have no idea) you need more "screen names" whatever they may be.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:cheeseware.