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/bif/ (Or "B1FF", from Usenet) The most famous pseudo, and the prototypical newbie. Articles from BIFF are characterised by all uppercase letters sprinkled liberally with bangs, typos, "cute" misspellings (EVRY BUDY LUVS GOOD OLD BIFF CUZ HE'S A K00L DOOD AN HE RITES REEL AWESUM THINGZ IN CAPITULL LETTRS LIKE THIS!!!), use (and often misuse) of fragments of chat abbreviations, a long sig block (sometimes even a doubled sig), and unbounded naivete. BIFF posts articles using his elder brother's VIC-20. BIFF's location is a mystery, as his articles appear to come from a variety of sites. However, BITNET seems to be the most frequent origin. The theory that BIFF is a denizen of BITNET is supported by BIFF's (unfortunately invalid) electronic mail address: <BIFF@BIT.NET>.

[1993: Now It Can Be Told! My spies inform me that BIFF was originally created by Joe Talmadge <>, also the author of the infamous and much-plagiarised "Flamer's Bible". The BIFF filter he wrote was later passed to Richard Sexton, who posted BIFFisms much more widely. Versions have since been posted for the amusement of the net at large. - ESR]


/bif/ To notify someone of incoming mail. From the BSD utility "biff(1)", which was in turn named after a friendly golden Labrador who used to chase frisbees in the halls at UCB while 4.2BSD was in development (it had a well-known habit of barking whenever the mailman came). No relation to BIFF.
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(1) (Binary Interchange File Format) A spreadsheet file format that holds data and charts, introduced with Excel Version 2.2 in 1989.

(2) A novice on the Usenet bulletin board. Also spelled "B1FF," a BIFF is a newbie who tries to be "cool" by, among other things, abbreviating words with clever misspellings. See Usenet and leetspeak.
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Six bodies, suspected to be BIFF rebels, were fished out of the marshland at Barangay Inaladan, Shariff Saydona Mustapha, after the military operation.
Abu Toraife is leader of one of three factions in the BIFF, the group blamed for recent deadly bombings in central Mindanao.
Sobejana vowed to conduct more military operations against the BIFF as part of their efforts to destroy their group.
The first fatality in the series of BIFF attacks that started last week was S/Sgt.
He said the BIAF was wary the BIFF faction of Esmael Abdulmalik alias Abu Turaipe would spoil the conduct of the plebiscite in the Liguasan Marsh area.
The road blocks, although affected the traffic flow between Tacurong City in Sultan Kudarat and Makilala and Kidapawan City in North Cotabato, were necessary to prevent the BIFF from inflicting further harm on the soldiers and the communities.
Robert Dauz, the commander of the 1st Mechanized Infantry (Maaasahan) Brigade, welcomed the new batch of BIFF surrenderers at his camp in Kalandagan village, Tacurong City at about 10:30 Friday.
The PPOC also said the drug traders have likewise turned to the BIFF for protection in the wake of the intensified anti-illegal drugs campaign of the government.
The BIFF, which operates in the fashion of the Islamic State, has been trying to sabotage the peace process between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
Also, tuluy-tuloy din ang forum na ginagawa natin para wag mahikayat ang mga kabataan na sumapi sa BIFF," said Encinas.
Abu Toraife is leader of one of three factions in the BIFF, all operating in the fashion of the Islamic State.
He said the BIFF under sub-leader Gapang Sapal were to transport three IEDs from Sitio Kabasalan, Barangay Darampua, Sultan sa Barongis town in Maguindanao.