The gooey insides of a tree or plant. It's a liquid used to transport food and nutrients to all parts of the plant. Maple syrup, among other things, is made from tree sap. Old men from New England go out in the winter and tap maple trees to drain out the sap. No, silly, they don't tap them with their fingers -- they stick a tap, similar to the one you'd use on a beer keg, into the tree, turn the spigot, and let it drain out into small buckets.

Also, a stupid, gullible person. These people are too much trouble during a party and should be ordered out of the house ASAP.
Service Advertising Protocol, and how a workstation running NetWare discovers which servers are available to connect to on the network. There are three types of SAP packets:
  • Periodic information broadcasts, which are used to advertise information that a server has within its bindery if it's a NetWare 3.x server, or NetWare Directory Service if it's a 4.x server. They occur every 60 seconds by default.
  • Service queries
  • Service responses

not related to the node SAP is bullshit.

Session Announcment Protocol

IETF SAP asserts that, for each data stream transmitted into the network, a corresponding announcement is also transmitted. This announcement is sent to a well known multicast address, and allows receivers to listen to a sigle channel to find out what multicasts are available. The data contained within the SAP packet is in SDP format.

See also: IP multicast, SDP
SAP also stands for the Secondary Audio Protocol, a TV audio encoding standard for the visually impared. When tuned into an SAP-enabled channel, narration as to what the characters are doing will be read during the interim in the dialogue. This allows visually impared people to listen to the television as if it were a narrated storybook. For normal viewers, it does not affect the actually television viewing much, IMO.

My grandmother loves this, as her mysteries on PBS are almost all encoded in this. You need a television capable of picking up these signals on the channel, to hear it. Oftentimes it reads what you would see in the closed captioning, ironically.

SAP is also short for Sveriges socialdemokratiska Arbetarparti or in english, The Swedish Social Democratic Party. It was formed in 1889 by workers who were tired of the injustice they suffered in society. On the party homepage they claim to have about 160.000 members, which would make them the largest political party in Sweden.

SAP got their first member in parliament in 1896. His name was Hjalmar Branting, for a long time an important person in Swedish politics. At that time, not everybody had the chance to vote, so the issue of public rights to vote were one of the first things the party worked for. In 1902, after a settlement with the conservatives, all men were allowed to vote from the age of 24. Women were still not allowed to vote, their right came after World War I.

In 1932 SAP won the election and stayed in power for the next 44 years. The party have had many chairmen that have made themselves known internationally, for instance Olof Palme who was assasinated in the streets of Stockholm in 1986. The current chairman is Goran Persson, who is also the Prime Minister of Sweden.

Like many other labour parties in Europe, SAP has over the years softened their socialist demands that they worked so hard for in their early days. Now they seem mainly to strive for status quo in society. To keep both workers and capitalists happy in the same time, that is.

In Sweden, a person who sympathizes with SAP would be called a "sosse". It's sometimes used as a slightly disparaging term. For instance, a "gråsosse" (or in english, "gray sosse") is a person who is a bit of a bureaucrat and drive ugly cars.

A 5-track EP released in 1992 by Alice in Chains. Drummer Sean Kinney had had a dream that he was at a press conference and announced that AiC's next album would be called "Sap". The band didn't have enough material for an album, but decided to use the name for their next release anyway.

Unlike their debut album, Facelift, this EP showed a mellow acoustic side to the band. They would go on to perfect this style of EP with the release in 1994 of Jar of Flies.


  1. Brother - 4:27
  2. Got Me Wrong - 4:12
  3. Right Turn - 3:17
  4. Am I Inside - 5:09
  5. Love Song (hidden) - 3:44

Brother and Got Me Wrong are both excellent tracks which both received interesting reinterpretations in the MTV Unplugged set. Backing vocals on Brother come courtesy of Ann Wilson of Heart. Right Turn is credited to Alice Mudgarden, because it was performed by Alice in Chains, Mark Arm of Mudhoney, and Chris Cornell of Soundgarden. The outro vocal performance by Chris Cornell on Right Turn is absolutely stunning.

Am I Inside is a competent track, not quite matching the first three. The hidden song (Love Song) has the band switching their normal roles. Singer Layne Staley plays drums, guitarist Jerry Cantrell plays bass, bassist Mike Starr plays guitar, and drummer Sean Kinney does vocals and piano. As you might expect, the song is something of a joke.


A huge software company based in Walldorf, Germany, SAP (Systeme, Anwendungen, Produkte in der Datenverarbeitung) opened for business in 1972 as a financial accounting solution. Since then it has grown into the third-largest software vendor in the world with nearly 30,000 customers in 120 countries. Software revenues for 2005 totalled 2.78 billion, an 18% increase from 2004. Total revenues for 2005 were €8.51 billion, 13% better than 2004. (Reference:

SAP is truly the hive brain of a business. There is practically no aspect of a business the software does not encompass. Some of the base modules are Financial Accounting (abbreviated FI... all modules have two or three letter abbreviations), Controlling (CO), Materials Management (MM), Plant Maintenance (PM), Project Systems (PS), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Human Resources (HR), and many more. In addition, they sell what are called Industry Solutions tailored for a particular market: Aerospace, Retail, Public Sector, and Utilities being just a small sample. So the breadth of this system is considerable. However, each module is also incredibly complex giving nearly endless detail to about every conceivable aspect of an organization.

An organization? SAP can crunch the numbers for multiple companies across continents in one instance without breaking a sweat. From enterprises as large as the U.S. Navy and Microsoft to local government organizations, like the one I work for, SAP has something to sell you. Their motto is "The best run companies run SAP," which may or may not be true, but they do have an impressive list of customers.

This might sound like me making a sales pitch, but that is not my intent. I provide technical support within my company for SAP's Controlling and Project Systems modules. I also do ABAP programming. While I wouldn't call it hard to work with, from a technical perspective, it is absolutely impossible to master unless that is your sole vocation. I am unusual among SAP techies in that I wear many hats. Most people -- technical and functional (users) -- only do one thing, like just Asset Accounting within Finance. If you ever hear someone say "I know everything about SAP...," rest assured, they are full of beans.

In 1972, SAP released their system named R/1. Back then it was just a real-time financial accounting system. Later, as computing grew more sophisticated, in the 1980s, R/2 was released. A mainframe system, R/2 introduced, among other things, multi-currency processing. In the 1990s, R/3 took SAP into the client server realm, fully employing a three-tiered architecture, relational databases, and more user friendly GUIs. The number of modules also exploded in R/3, and Industry Solutions were introduced. Also, R/3 began SAP's dabbling with web technologies with their Web Application Server. This was the precursor of NetWeaver, their current platform.

The 2000s brought mySAP ERP (the capitalization is accurate), representing a revolutionary redesign of the system from the ground up. Architecturally, the design became much more modular, independent, object oriented, distributed, and complex. Web services, a built in Java application server, enterprise portals -- these innovations have given SAP customers the ability to make their implementations extremely customized, personalized down to the user level.

hours of thankless labor

Sap (?), n. [AS. saep; akin to OHG. saf, G. saft, Icel. safi; of uncertain origin; possibly akin to L. sapere to taste, to be wise, sapa must or new wine boiled thick. Cf. Sapid, Sapient.]


The juice of plants of any kind, especially the ascending and descending juices or circulating fluid essential to nutrition.

⇒ The ascending is the crude sap, the assimilation of which takes place in the leaves, when it becomes the elaborated sap suited to the growth of the plant.


The sapwood, or alburnum, of a tree.


A simpleton; a saphead; a milksop.


Sap ball Bot., any large fungus of the genus Polyporus. See Polyporus. -- Sap green, a dull light green pigment prepared from the juice of the ripe berries of the Rhamnus catharticus, or buckthorn. It is used especially by water-color artists. -- Sap rot, the dry rot. See under Dry. -- Sap sucker Zool., any one of several species of small American woodpeckers of the genus Sphyrapicus, especially the yellow-bellied woodpecker (S. varius) of the Eastern United States. They are so named because they puncture the bark of trees and feed upon the sap. The name is loosely applied to other woodpeckers. -- Sap tube Bot., a vessel that conveys sap.


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Sap, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Saped (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Sapping.] [F. saper (cf. Sp. zapar, It. zapare), fr. sape a sort of scythe, LL. sappa a sort of mattock.]


To subvert by digging or wearing away; to mine; to undermine; to destroy the foundation of.

Nor safe their dwellings were, for sapped by floods, Their houses fell upon their household gods. Dryden.

2. Mil.

To pierce with saps.


To make unstable or infirm; to unsettle; to weaken.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind. Tennyson.


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Sap (?), v. i.

To proceed by mining, or by secretly undermining; to execute saps.

W. P. Craighill.

Both assaults carried on by sapping. Tatler.


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Sap, n. Mil.

A narrow ditch or trench made from the foremost parallel toward the glacis or covert way of a besieged place by digging under cover of gabions, etc.

Sap fagot Mil., a fascine about three feet long, used in sapping, to close the crevices between the gabions before the parapet is made. -- Sap roller Mil., a large gabion, six or seven feet long, filled with fascines, which the sapper sometimes rolls along before him for protection from the fire of an enemy.


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