Grabbing frogs...


Ow! What hit me?



Sorry! I work in cloud computing. I guess I fell out of my Cloud.

You fell from the clouds? You must be an angel!


An angel fell on my head! Can we give him a job?

Sounds good to me! Give him full access!


Everything is down! The servers have been compromised! All the Data is gone! How could this happen?!?


That new employee. The angel. Didn't he fall from the cloud? A fallen angel is a...



... a Daemon Process!

This one might be too scary, especially if you are a sysadmin.

But despite their similar spelling, a daemon and a demon aren't really the same thing. A daemon process in computing is a background job that is generally helpful. The word comes from the Greek mythology as a descriptor for a supernatural being that works in the background with no particularly evil intentions. The term entered computing from the famous Maxwell's daemon thought experiment in which an imaginary being sorts molecules in the background in violation of the second law of thermodynamics.

Published Wednesday, 5 May 2021

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