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Etymology 1 n. (context informal English) communication Etymology 2

n. (context AU informal derogatory English) A communist.


Commo is a telecommunications program which was written and maintained from 1989 to 1998 by Fred P. Brucker. It was a macro-driven package and could be customized by the user. The program, written in optimized assembly language and distributed as shareware, was small and fast.

The macro language used by Commo was simple, with assembly language-like statements surrounded by curly braces. It offered the ability to control most aspects of the terminal. For instance, the following macro would reconfigure the Alt-X key to display a dialog box, allowing the user to confirm before exiting the program:

{:alx} {info-qs0 Really exit?} {ifco ,alxn} {exit} {:alxn} {}

The program's macro and configuration files were free-form text which could be edited with any text editor. This led to popularity among those who wanted to be able to configure the program.

Fred Brucker actively provided support for screen readers to work with COMMO, which made it a popular program for the visually impaired. The Powermacros add-on made COMMO one of the first Trade Wars 2002 'helper' programs. MacroBBS was a Bulletin board system written entirely out of COMMO macros.

Mr. Brucker released the last version of COMMO on 25 December 1998.

Usage examples of "commo".

RCN considered proper commo protocol: Adele herself was very poor at that.

Then the office hatch snapped open with no notice at all, a commo rating burst through the opening, and Yuri discovered that his long-extended fortnight had come to an end.

It makes a tube big enough for a man to crawl around in and string commo lines and fiber optic bundles along the walls.

Periodically, Byers, who was standing with his hands on his hips, talking to the operator over a commo attached to his earphones, would motion for the two work parties to switch off on their respective chores.

It didn't happen very often, but when Napier couldn't sleep he always shambled up and down the passageways in his robe and slippers and eventually went down to the Commo Center.

He was in the time-honored location occupied by commo chiefs on the Mid-watch for as long as there had been modem navies.

It was larger than the Blue Pearl, a cluster of bulbous, pendulous shapes, spiny with commo and detector vibrissae and armament.

Earther flanked Mason past rows of monitors and data banks, displays and commo panels.

Stemp dove to make an encrypted, max-classified commo connection with another Alpha.

Pollolo's collar was switched to what Floyt now knew to be commo mode.

Pollolo's back, Floyt tried to work the releases for the commo collar.

He located the commo feature and jabbed a laze-probe in where it would do the most good.

Ships have been departing in great numbers, and mtercompound commo traffic is fast and furious.

This is the most recent message among the commo file the Custodians kept.

Alacrity switched off his commo and signed for Heart to do the same, then pressed his facebowl against hers.