Vicki (hermorrine) wrote,
Vicki
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Oh look, a rant

I'm having a very Hermione moment. I don't know who started it, but someone began to use the term "ping" to mean that they were sending an instant message to someone else. And then it seemed like everyone was saying it. "Oh, I'll ping X." "Y just pinged me."

This is NOT what ping means. And I can't take it anymore. It's driving me MAD. (allright, MORE mad. Hush.)

For your edifications:

Ping is a basic Internet program that lets you verify that a particular IP address exists and can accept requests. The verb ping means the act of using the ping utility or command. Ping is used diagnostically to ensure that a host computer you are trying to reach is actually operating. If, for example, a user can't ping a host, then the user will be unable to use the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) to send files to that host. Ping can also be used with a host that is operating to see how long it takes to get a response back. Using ping, you can learn the number form of the IP address from the symbolic domain name.

Loosely, ping means "to check for the presence of" another party online. Ping operates by sending a packet to a designated address and waiting for a response. The computer acronym (for Packet Internet or Inter-Network Groper) was contrived to match the submariners' term for the sound of a returned sonar pulse.


It is correct to use the term "ping" when on IRC and you think you are lagged from someone. There, you can use the program to ping that person and see how many seconds seperate you from that individual. In that case, it is proper to say that you pinged someone.

Do I expect y'all to start saying "I messaged X," or "Z messaged me and Y" now? Nope. But I feel better now that I've geeked out and gotten this off my chest. *relieved sigh*

Oh, and...
Which Smallville                                               character are you?

Which
Smallville character are you?

This is really quite accurate. And most likely the reason that I sorta ship Clark/Chloe. *scuffs toe* But Michael is still the best!! It's just that Lex/Chloe doesn't make any sense canonwise. I just don't buy it.


Let me just state for the record that the periodic hysterical declarations of people leaving the fandom only to come back a day or two later are getting really old and tired. You don't like it here? Don't let the door smack you on the arse on the way out. But then don't bloody come back a couple of days later and pretend it's all okay and act like it'll be swept under the rug. This melodramatic bullshit serves only to draw attention to yourselves, and if it's attention you want, why don't you seek a more positive way to get it? Because frankly, this immature crap needs to stop. Maybe I should apologize for expecting more from adults, I don't know. But fuck, I'm just tired of people doing this and putting me and our other mutual friends through an emotional wringer because some people can't deal with their own shit in a mature manner. I'm not perfect nor have I ever claimed to be. But at least you can always count on me being upfront with you, and this is what I've done here. It's my opinion, I own it, so if you want to hate or flame someone, that would be me. But it had to be said.
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