Andrew Channels Dexter Pinion

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July 24, 2003

Captain Bollocks

I've just discovered a new favourite word, courtesy of the kings of the TLA, the nice people at IBM. The word? Its the spectacular "timeron" which is an arbitrary unit of measure for how long a query will take to execute. From the DB2 manual;

A timeron does not directly equate to any actual elapsed time, but gives a rough relative estimate of the resources (cost) required by the database manager to execute two plans for the same query.

I just don't know why they didn't use the perfectly acceptable "widget" it makes about as much sense.

FYI, an ex-colleague who once had the privilege of working for Big Blue somewhere on the south coast of England reliably informed me that they even had a TLA for the humble desk fan. They called it an AMD. Because that is obviously quicker to type than its actual name, you know "FAN"

Posted by Andy Todd at July 24, 2003 04:15 PM


Let me guess - Air Moving Device?

Posted by: Simon Brunning on July 24, 2003 04:56 PM

Learn to recognise the acronym tag Luke, err I mean Simon.

Posted by: Andy Todd on July 24, 2003 05:24 PM


Posted by: Simon Brunning on July 25, 2003 11:45 AM