Date: Thu, 16 May 1996 22:31:56 -0400
From: Al Futrell awfutr01[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]HOMER.LOUISVILLE.EDU
Subject: Re: biff
Of course, "biff" is also a computer term. In the UNIX world "biff" is a
command that tells the system whether a user wants to be notified when
mail arrives. By extension, you can "biff" someone, which basically means
'interrupt' someone by sending him/her mail in the middle of a session.
You can either "biff y" or "biff n" depending on whether you want to be
notified. Now, why is it "biff?" Net folklore has it that the guy who
wrote the function named it after his dog. Who knows?
-- awfutr01[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]homer.louisville.edu
Dept of Communication -- University of Louisville