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tcfromky
Mercer, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 28, 2004
2:08 AM

Post #886220

What does it mean? I like Jiffy peanut butter. :~)

Timer: 22.65 jiffies (0.22652411460876).

kooger

kooger
Oostburg, WI
(Zone 5b)

May 28, 2004
4:23 PM

Post #887000

Hi tc, there's a thread on the Dave's Garden forum called New Member Page that deals with jiffies. It's posted on Feb. 6, '04. Either go there or put jiffies in the search and it comes up as the third link. I should do a link for you but still haven't gotten around to reading the 'how to' on that. :(
tcfromky
Mercer, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 28, 2004
9:17 PM

Post #887213

Thanks Kooger! I found the following quote from Horseshoe, he's such a cool dude.

"Jiffies" a dave-ism meaning a very short span of time, as in "be there in a jiffy!"

I appreciate you tellin me how to find out what it meant kooger.

TC...
dave

June 1, 2004
8:29 PM

Post #892803

Literally, a jiffy is 1/100th of a second. 100 jiffies means 1 second. It tells me (and you) how long the computer took to generate and serve that webpage to you.

dave
tcfromky
Mercer, PA
(Zone 5a)

June 1, 2004
11:37 PM

Post #893009

Would that be using the geologic time scale Dave? ;~)

Thanks Dave, your answer was quite adequate.

In fact it was very much so, if I may correct myself.

TC...
dave

June 2, 2004
12:24 AM

Post #893064

Interesting. I just looked up jiffy on dictionary.com for fun, and they agree! :)

jiffy

1. The duration of one tick of the computer's system
clock. Often one AC cycle time (1/60 second in the US and
Canada, 1/50 most other places), but more recently 1/100 sec
has become common.
tcfromky
Mercer, PA
(Zone 5a)

June 2, 2004
2:23 AM

Post #893161

Well say no more Dave. Interesting indeed.

TC...
Zanymuse
Scotia, CA
(Zone 9b)

June 18, 2005
8:21 AM

Post #1556579

That is interesting. The term "In a jiffy" has been around for a lot more years than computers but now it has a precise duration added to bring it up to date.
tcfromky
Mercer, PA
(Zone 5a)

June 18, 2005
1:23 PM

Post #1556766

I wonder if it had anything to do with peanut butter?

kooger

kooger
Oostburg, WI
(Zone 5b)

June 18, 2005
1:25 PM

Post #1556773

Probably not - takes a whole lot more than a Jiffy to get peanut butter down! lol
tcfromky
Mercer, PA
(Zone 5a)

June 18, 2005
2:16 PM

Post #1556874

Lol Koog! ;~)
SudieGoodman
Broaddus, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 10, 2005
6:03 PM

Post #1868088

8b Lake Sam Rayburn, Southeast, TX
An interesting thread, indeed. However, I must get back outside & move potted plants into green house. In a jiffy, we'll have our first, frost.

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