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1. Name used in many places (DEC, IBM, and others) for theasterisk ("*") character (ASCII 0101010). This may derivefrom the "squashed-bug" appearance of the asterisk on manyearly line printers.2. Name used by some MIT people for the "#" character (ASCII35).3. (Rochester Institute of Technology) The feature key on aMac (same as alt).4. An obsolete name used by some people for theStanford/ITS extended ASCII circle-x character. Thischaracter is also called "blobby" and "frob", among othernames; it is sometimes used by mathematicians as a notationfor "tensor product".5. An obsolete name for the semi-mythical Stanford extendedASCII circle-plus character.See also ASCII.
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