Site Talk forum: What is a jiffie?

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Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Apr 25, 2014 12:56 PM CST
At the bottom of the plant database I saw this and wondered "what is a jiffie?

Just curious Shrug! Shrug!

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Name: Larry
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Seedfork
Apr 25, 2014 1:57 PM CST
A jiffie is a variable measure of time, for a woman it is a matter of seconds and for a man it is a matter of hours. For example, my wife will say "I'll just rush and and talk to my friend, I'll be back in just a jiffie." Whistling


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Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Apr 25, 2014 2:54 PM CST

Hilarious! Hilarious! But what has that to do with the database search home page? And what is being measured?

Shrug! Shrug!

Name: Larry
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Seedfork
Apr 25, 2014 3:17 PM CST
Oh, you want meaningful information. Guess maybe Dave could answer that, I notice the value changes each time I load the page, so maybe it is a measure of the time it takes the page to load.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Apr 25, 2014 3:39 PM CST

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Seedfork is exactly right. A jiffy is 1% of a second (meaning, it takes 100 jiffies to make a second) and the number appears because it's telling you how long it took the server to generate that page.

ATP is actually a software program. Each page is created automatically by the software and it takes computational resources to generate those pages. Particularly heavy pages get the timer so I can monitor if a page is taking too long to load.
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Apr 25, 2014 3:40 PM CST
A jiffy is 1% of a second.
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Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Apr 25, 2014 3:46 PM CST

Wow, that is pretty fast. I won't be using that term when I say, I can do it in a "jiffie".

Thanks Dave, inquiring minds you know. I tip my hat to you.
Thanks Jay and Seedfork too, I love learning new things. Hurray!
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Apr 27, 2014 12:28 PM CST
I will forever think of that word in a different light now. Smiling
Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Apr 29, 2014 2:39 PM CST
In nuclear physics, a "shake" is 1% of a microsecond. In other words, ten nanoseconds. Just as a jiffy is ten microseconds.

It was supposed to have come from the Manhattan Project and derived from "two shakes of a lamb's tail", for very very fast lambs.

Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Apr 29, 2014 10:04 PM CST
And now it will be attached to a lamb in my mind. Sticking tongue out

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