Date: Tue, 11 Nov 1997 15:27:04 -0500
From: Gareth Branwyn GarethB2[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: Re: Ping of Death
In a message dated 11/11/97 8:09:43 AM, Monkmag[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM wrote:
In How To Talk American I define "wave a dead chicken" this way: "to perform
a useless and irrelevant repair on a severely damaged computer to prove to
the customer you at least tried to fix it." Gareth, have you noticed this
expression used in this context?
Yes, it can be used in any situation where you're reduced to voodoo, either
in an attempt to repair a broken computer, or to satisfy yourself or someone
else that the computer is, in fact, broken. I think the _Hacker's Dictionary_
basically uses the definition you've given above, but it doesn't have to be
just to satisfy a customer and boss. I hear it used all the time in referring
to one's own hopeless attempts at fixing a damaged or broken machine.