Ping, BackTrack, Gimme Some Slack Jack

A blogging friend of mine IM’ed and basically said, “Hey man, your blog sucks. You should kill yourself before you write another line. I can’t ping it or trackback or anything.”

This particular guy is ‘mac guy’ AND a ‘cat guy’ but he does now how to say cool things like, “consolidate the blogosphere” (whatever that means). He also knows about blogs and blogging, so I trust him. (But I am not killing myself.)

So, I immediately popped up a cmd line and “pinged” hobbub.com. The results are below.

Ping?

I regularly use “ping” (short for Packet InterNet Groper) to troubleshoot network problems. Usually, when we can’t see a particular computer, we try to “ping” it to see if we have network connectivity. If “ping” fails, we then spend several hours troubleshooting, only to find that “ping” is turned off on the destination computer anyway. Back to square one.

Anyway, I was scared and confused.

Ping also makes some damn good golf clubs. <focus! />

I went to Wikipedia…. Being new to the Blogosphere, I didn’t know that “ping” is actually slang for “Pingback” as shown below.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Pingback is a method for Web authors to request notification when somebody links to one of their documents. This enables authors to keep track of who is linking to, or referring to their articles. Some weblog software, such as WordPress and Community Server, support automatic pingbacks where all the links in a published article can be pinged when the article is published.

In a nutshell, this site didn’t support things it should and I had to change it.

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