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H:\>ping -n 2 8.8.8.8
Pinging 8.8.8.8 with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 8.8.8.8: bytes=32 time=11ms TTL=50
Reply from 8.8.8.8: bytes=32 time=4ms TTL=50
Ping statistics for 8.8.8.8:
Packets: Sent = 2, Received = 2, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 4ms, Maximum = 11ms, Average = 7ms

 

Think of a submarine sending out a sonar 'ping' and then that sound wave hits something hard and shiny that bounces back the sound to the sub so the sub can identify that something is there based on that reply.

That is literally what I always thought the origins were for the networking 'Ping' command. Made sense to me, you send out a targetted ping and if it's reachable, you get a reply.

 

Apparently, according to this brain-numbing course I'm doing, 'PInG' is actually an acronym.

"Packet Internet Groper".

Awesome name from 20th century geeks.

Turns out I've been 'groping' for years without realising it. Let's hope HR never find out or a quarter of I.T. everywhere will be having difficult conversations.

 

Opy the Groper

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Pretty sure that is a backronym :)

 

The messages are not called 'echo request' and 'echo response' because of 'groping', much more likely that the sonar analogy is the real reason for the name.

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Pretty sure that is a backronym :)

 

I'm absolutey certain of it. ;)

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Pretty sure that is a backronym :)

 

The messages are not called 'echo request' and 'echo response' because of 'groping', much more likely that the sonar analogy is the real reason for the name.

 

I get depressed that no one followed mIRC's lead, and made the Ping response, Pong!

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Pretty sure that is a backronym :)

I was thinking that as I was writing the OP, but then I had fear of being labelled a 'back groper' and that's fun for nobody.

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