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

  demo mode
   n.
  
      1. [Sun] The state of being heads down in order to finish code in time
      for a demo, usually due yesterday.
  
      2. A mode in which video games sit by themselves running through a portion
      of the game, also known as attract mode. Some serious apps have a demo
      mode they use as a screen saver, or may go through a demo mode on startup
      (for example, the Microsoft Windows opening screen ? which lets you impress
      your neighbors without actually having to put up with Microsloth Windows
      ).
  

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

  demo mode
  
     ({Sun) 1. The state of being heads down in order to finish
     code in time for a demo, usually due yesterday.
  
     2.  (Or "attract mode") A mode in which video games sit
     by themselves running through a portion of the game.  Some
     serious apps have a demo mode they use as a screen saver, or
     may go through a demo mode on startup (for example, the
     Microsoft Windows opening screen - which lets you impress
     your neighbors without actually having to put up with
     Microsloth Windows).
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1995-02-22)
  

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