136Reviews Computing Dictionary. Fourth edition. Ed. Ronald D. Kobler, Trevor Meers, and others. Lincoln, NE: Sandhills Publishing. 1999. Pp. 288. $9.95. The technology underpinning computer science continues to expand at an astounding rate, as does its vocabulary. Microscopically small hardware and fantastically complex software, mainstays of science fiction and cyberpunk as late as the 1980s, are now the mainstays of computer science. The computing industry, including the global information and commerce network known as the Internet, affects the way our society functions and fuels an expansion of our lexicon. The addition of brand new lexemes (such as brouter) and of senses to existing lexemes (such as cookie) stemming from these technologies has kept lexicographers busily occupied. Given the increasing level of computer-related information that the average citizen encounters daily, it is no surprise that numerous publishing companies have developed dictionaries to address the vocabulary needed to understand even basic newspaper articles, let alone computer manuals. However, the pace of new computer technology and of the new applications of such technology is so swift that, unless the publisher of a computer dictionary pursues an aggressive schedule of thorough updates, such a reference work will rapidly become obsolete. After all,
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