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On 10/08/2012 12:21 PM, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
Speculation can provide a lot of amusement.  I like Anne-ology's explanation.  The real answer is 
quite good too.  So, where did "boot-up" come from?  Wasn't that soem engineering term to do with 
subs too?
Regards from
Tom :)   
I think it comes from "pulling one's self by your boot straps" and
comparing that to starting up a power off computer.

--- On Fri, 5/10/12, Felmon Davis <> wrote:

From: Felmon Davis <>
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] attempting to find an answer and instead ...
Date: Friday, 5 October, 2012, 5:11

On Thu, 4 Oct 2012, anne-ology wrote:

       Thanks for this explanation.

       Just thinking ... before the 'phone, folks would ring the doorbell
                                 after the 'phone, folks would ring the
'phone ...
                                    so I guess ping is the cross between
ring and pc -
       interesting that's it's ping rather than p-ring p-ring p-ring ...
quotation from "List of computer term etymologies" 

'The author of ping, Mike Muuss, named it after the pulses of sound 
made by a sonar called a "ping". Later Dave Mills provided the 
backronym "Packet Internet Groper".'

probably better to look things up than speculate.

although not sure how reliable wikipedia is. I recall WWII movies 
where the crew of submarines suffered silently through 'pings' from 
enemy warships on the surface trying to locate them.


On Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 5:10 PM, Girvin R. Herr <>wrote:

Joel Madero wrote:

A ping is just a quick email (or IRC message, etc...) that says "hey, any
updates", some users even just say "ping" in IRC basically saying "hey,

"ping", another overloaded word:**Ping<>

But those of us in the computer networking field assume:

    Ping, a computer network tool used to test whether a particular host
    is reachable across an IP network

Colloquially, it is used as you define it - to send a quick message to
someone to see what's going on in their life. As in
"I haven't heard from him for a while - I'm going to ping him to see what
he's up to."
Girvin Herr

Jay Lozier

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