Cranky old editors who shun word processors must have been dancing a jig on Nov. 15 when Richard Cohen’s Washington Post column featured the following sentence: “GOP national chairman Haley Barbour instantly announced that New York City was no longer in the running for the Republican National Convention, and, more ominous, Sen. Alfonse D’Amato, the state’s leading Republican and Pataki’s Disk Operating System (DOS), said he would not seek revenge on Giuliani.” We’re going on the assumption that Cohen typed “doss” instead of “boss” and that the spelling checker not only corrected it to “DOS,” but spelled out the acronym to suit Post style. The alternative—that D’Amato controls most of the computers in the world—is too scary to contemplate.