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 for yoyo mode
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  yoyo mode
   n.
  
      The state in which the system is said to be when it rapidly alternates
      several times between being up and being down. Interestingly (and perhaps
      not by coincidence), many hardware vendors give out free yoyos at Usenix
      exhibits.
  
      Sun Microsystems gave out logoized yoyos at SIGPLAN '88. Tourists staying
      at one of Atlanta's most respectable hotels were subsequently treated to
      the sight of 200 of the country's top computer scientists testing yo-yo
      algorithms in the lobby.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  yoyo mode
  
      The state in which a computer is said to be when it
     rapidly alternates several times between being up and being
     down.  Interestingly (and perhaps not by coincidence), many
     hardware vendors give out free yoyos at Usenix exhibits.
  
     Sun Microsystems gave out logoised yoyos at SIGPLAN '88.
     Tourists staying at one of Atlanta's most respectable hotels
     were subsequently treated to the sight of 200 of the country's
     top computer scientists testing yo-yo algorithms in the
     lobby.
  
     [Is it "yoyo" or "yo-yo"?]
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1995-03-07)
  

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