toy

n. A computer system; always used with qualifiers. 1. `nice toy' One that supports the speaker's hacking style adequately. 2. `just a toy' A machine that yields insufficient computrons for the speaker's preferred uses. This is not condemnatory, as is bitty box; toys can at least be fun. It is also strongly conditioned by one's expectations; Cray XMP users sometimes consider the Cray-1 a `toy', and certainly all RISC boxes and mainframes are toys by their standards. See also {Get a real computer!}.