Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 09:05:21 -0600 From: Bonnie Briggs Subject: Re: Word of the Year SPAM is good and everything you say is very true. But my pick is the Ping of Death. Didn't think the Internet could be so morbid, did you? At first, this appears to be a joke or the product of what many of like to refer to as the "wire-head" culture. However, it is very real and can shut down someone's network very quickly. Pinging has been around for a while. That's where you send a Ping command to a server to see if it is working. This is usually done when people are trying to access a site and keep getting error messages. The Ping of Death sends a huge amount of bytes, more than a server could possibly handle, thereby shutting it down. Bonnie Briggs The University of Memphis > My unofficial nomination for word of the year is: > > SPAM: unsolicited, bulk email (there is also a verb form). Alternate > sense: to bombard people with useless information. Source possibly a > Monty Python skit in which the name of the product "Spam" is used a > zillion times in a list of menu possibilities in a comedic reference to > the main source of meat in post-WWII Britain. > > Having received 86 pieces of email spam in October alone, I think this > word stands a chance of winning. >