Please title threads like this with the word “ping” in it. Putting it in the Just Conversation forum would be nice, also. I saw the title and thought obituary right away. I don’t like the idea of losing one of unicycling’s premier design engineers. What a relief.
not so much surfing the information highway
as buccaneering on the information high seas.
so we can replace “ACK” with “ARRR!, me heartie”
and provisions must be made to protect against DDOS attacks, by hijacking multiple vessels and getting them all to send “Ahoy there” repeatedly leaving the coprimised pirate unable to say anything but “ARRR!” untill he has replied to all the “Ahoy there” calls.
It always reminds me of someone sitting in a classroom with a peashooter and blasting someone sitting toward the front of the class, trying to get his attention. (Ping is the sound that results as the pea makes contact with the back of the head and wakes the person up.)
Is that what “ping” is supposed to mean? Or do I live in a world of my own?
I am familiar with pings from using MSNChat. Using a script you can ping someone using a number in seconds, they return the same number and the script can calculate how long it took for the reply to come back by subtracting it from the current time in seconds, determining their lag. Troublemakers abuse this feature by sending floods of pings, forcing unprotected users to reply more times than they are allowed to, disconnecting them from the server. I too like Carol’s description of Ping being onomatopoeia for a pea hitting the back of someone’s head. It makes the most sense that way.