= B =
Pejorative hackerism for "token-ring network", an early LAN technology from IBM that lost the standards war to Ethernet. Though token-ring survives in a few niche markets (such as factory automation) that put a high premium on resistance to electrical noise, the term is now (2000) primarily historical.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, this entry manually entered by rootbeer277.