A phenomenon often experienced by modem users who post long messages to newsgroups, e-mail, and Everything. A sensible user will set his modem to time out and hang up after a certain number of minutes, in case he gets distracted by homework, sleep, or a trio of nubile young women. Unfortunately, this timing out can often kick in while writing a long, well-thought-out post to Everything, causing much consternation to the typist.