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On Mon, 8 Oct 2012, 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 :)  

Baron von Münchhausen was known for his adventures and exploits. he told of the time he got trapped in a swamp, quicksand. as he sank, he tried to grab hold of branches, vines, anything. to no avail.

finally, in a desperate bid to save his life, he reached down, took hold of his bootstraps and pulled himself up, saving his life!


(maybe he had a submarine too; don't know.)


--- 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

Felmon Davis

Q:      What do agnostic, insomniac dyslexics do at night?
A:      Stay awake and wonder if there's a dog.

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