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Ping

Ping (pîng)
A river, about 563 km (350 mi) long, of western Thailand. It is a major tributary of the Chao Phraya.

ping

ping (pîng) noun
1.A sharp, high-pitched sound, as that made by a bullet striking metal.
2.knock.

verb, intransitive
pinged, pinging, pings
To make a sharp, high-pitched, metallic sound.

[Imitative.]

ping1

ping (ping) noun
1. Acronym for Packet Internet Groper. A protocol for testing whether a particular computer is connected to the Internet by sending a packet to its IP address and waiting for a response. The name actually comes from submarine active internal linksonar, where a sound signal- called a "ping"- is broadcast, and surrounding objects are revealed by their reflections of the sound.
2. A UNIX utility that implements the ping protocol. Also called ping program.

ping2

ping (ping) verb
1. To test whether a computer is connected to the Internet using the ping program.
2. To test which users on a mailing list are current by sending e-mail to the list asking for a response.

ping (noun)

roll: booming, clang, ping, reverberation, internal linkresonance
resonance: ping, ring, ting-a-ling, chime

ping (verb)

roll: reverberate, clang, ping, ring, sing, sing in the ear
resound: ping, ring, ding

Ping of Death

Ping of Death (pêng` ev deth') noun
A form of Internet vandalism that entails sending a packet that is substantially larger than the usual 64 bytes over the Internet via the ping protocol to a remote computer. The size of the packet causes the computer to crash or reboot.



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Beloved to internal linknetwork administrators around the world, Ping was originally a utility that worked with the legendary BSD version of Unix created at Berkeley, but is now an essential part of almost every operating system. Functionally, it is the simplest of tools -- it sends a single packet of internal linkinformation to an internal linkInternet address to see if that address is reachable. As a debugger of Internet connections, Ping was/is invaluable.

Ping's usefulness was so important that the term quickly became a part of geek jargon. To "ping" a person meant to internal linkcontact that person via any means. "Ping me again if you don't hear from me about your question tomorrow," one internal linkhacker might say to another.
 
 

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Engineers at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., successfully contacted UoSAT-12 spacecraft through a ground station in Surrey, England, using internal linkInternet ping packets. The project, called Operating Missions as internal linkNodes on the Internet (OMNI), was the first internal linktime that a spacecraft ever had its own Internet address and was a fully RFC-compliant active node on the Internet.



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ping

The New Hacker's Dictionary by Eric S. Raymond

[from the submariners' term for a sonar internal linkpulse] 1. n. Slang term for a small internal linknetwork message (ICMP ECHO) sent by a computer to check for the presence and alertness of another. The Unix command ping(8) can be used to do this manually (note that ping(8)'s author denies the widespread folk etymology that the name was ever intended as acronym for `Packet INternet Groper'). Occasionally used as a internal linkphone greeting. See ACK, also ENQ. 2. vt. To verify the presence of. 3. vt. To get the attention of. 4. vt. To send a message to all members of a mailing list requesting an ACK (in order to verify that everybody's addresses are reachable). "We haven't heard much of anything from Geoff, but he did respond with an ACK both times I pinged jargon-friends." 5. n. A internal linkquantum packet of happiness. People who are very happy tend to exude pings; furthermore, one can internal linkintentionally create pings and aim them at a needy party (e.g., a depressed person). This sense of ping may appear as an exclamation; "Ping!" (I'm happy; I am emitting a quantum of happiness; I have been struck by a quantum of happiness). The form "pingfulness", which is used to describe people who exude pings, also occurs. (In the standard abuse of internal linklanguage, "pingfulness" can also be used as an exclamation, in which case it's a much stronger exclamation than just "ping"!). Oppose blargh.

The funniest use of `ping' to date was described in January 1991 by Steve Hayman on the internal linkUsenet group comp.sys.next. He was trying to isolate a faulty cable segment on a TCP/IP Ethernet hooked up to a NeXT machine, and got tired of having to run back to his console after each cabling tweak to see if the ping packets were getting through. So he used the sound-recording feature on the NeXT, then wrote a script that repeatedly invoked ping(8), listened for an echo, and played back the recording on each returned packet. Result? A program that caused the machine to repeat, over and over, "Ping ... ping ... ping ..." as long as the network was up. He turned the volume to maximum, ferreted through the building with one ear cocked, and found a faulty tee connector in no time.

- _The New internal linkHacker's Dictionary_atomjacked inventory cache by internal linkEric S. Raymond



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