The Jargon File

Fossil

1) A feature (or misfeature) that has remained for aeons for the sake of backwards compatibility.

2) A person who has been around the tech world for ages.  Anyone who remembers punchcards is a fossil.  Anyone who remembers mainframes is a fossil.  

A borderline fossil is somebody who remembers CP/M. or life before the internet.

Unlike mainstream usage where a fossil is deemed out of touch, there is no such connotation in Hackish.  While you still need lots of merit to reach such lofty climbs, a fossil is much more likely to be a highly respected alpha geek than a non-fossil.
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