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June 2005

The Story of the PING Program [via]

Jan! wrote on 2005/06/22:
I like this a lot:

"The best ping story I've ever heard was told to me at a USENIX conference, where a network administrator with an intermittent Ethernet had linked the ping program to his vocoder program, in essence writing:

ping goodhost | sed -e 's/.*/ping/' | vocoder

He wired the vocoder's output into his office stereo and turned up the volume as loud as he could stand. The computer sat there shouting "Ping, ping, ping..." once a second, and he wandered through the building wiggling Ethernet connectors until the sound stopped. And that's how he found the intermittent failure."

Milo wrote on 2005/06/22:
Yeah, that's brilliant.

Mathieu 'P01' HENRI wrote on 2005/06/23:
The vocoder thing must have raised many reactions from eyebrow, bow in respect to rotten tomatoes ( from the people becoming crazy to listen the pings )