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History Behind brand names....

by ater

History Behind brand names....


It got its name because its founders got started by applying patchesto code written for NCSA's httpd daemon. The result was 'A PAtCHy'server - thus, the name Apache.

(project from Apache)A project constituted by SUN and Apache to create a web serverhandling servlets and JSPs. Jakarta was name of the conference room atSUN where most of the meetings between SUN and Apache took place.

The servlet part of the Jakarta project. Tomcat was the code name forthe JSDK 2.1 project inside SUN.

Dennis Ritchie improved on the B programming language and called it'New B'. He later called it C. Earlier B was created by Ken Thompsonas a revision of the Bon programming language (named after his wifeBonnie).

Bjarne Stroustrup called his new language 'C with Classes' and then'new C'. Because of which the original C began to be called 'old C'which was considered insulting to the C community. At this time RickMascitti suggested the name C++ as a successor to C.

A species of African antelope. Founder of the GNU project RichardStallman liked the name because of the humor associated with itspronunciation and was also influenced by the children's song 'The GnuSong' which is a song sung by a gnu. Also it fitted into the recursiveacronym culture with 'GNU's Not Unix'.

Originally called Oak by creator James Gosling, from the tree thatstood outside his window, the programming team had to look for asubstitute, as there was no other language with the same name. Javawas selected from a list of suggestions. It came from the name of thecoffee that the programmers drank.

Combination of two popular Korean brands Lucky and Goldstar.

Linus Torvalds originally used the Minix OS on his system, which hereplaced by his OS. Hence the working name was Linux (Linus' Minix).He thought the name to be too egotistical and planned to name it Freax(free + freak + x). His friend Ari Lemmke encouraged Linus to uploadit to a network so it could be easily downloaded. Ari gave Linus adirectory called Linux on his FTP server, as he did not like the nameFreax. (Linus's parents named him after two-time Nobel Prize winnerLinus Pauling).

When Marc Andreesen, founder of Netscape, created a browser to replaceMosaic (also developed by him), it was named Mozilla (Mosaic-KillerGodzilla). The marketing guys didn't like the name however and it wasre-christened Netscape Navigator.

Red Hat
Company founder Marc Ewing was given the Cornell lacrosse team cap(with red and white stripes) while at college by his grandfather. Helost it and had to search for it desperately. The manual of the betaversion of Red Hat Linux had an appeal to readers to return his RedHat if found by anyone!

"Systems, Applications, Products in Data Processing", formed by 4ex-IBM employees who used to work in the'Systems/Applications/Projects' group of IBM.

(UNIX)From Santa Cruz Operation. The company's office was in Santa Cruz.

When Bell Labs pulled out of MULTICS (MULTiplexed Information andComputing System), which was originally a joint Bell/GE/MIT project,Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie of Bell Labs wrote a simpler versionof the OS. They needed the OS to run the game Space War that wascompiled under MULTICS. It was called UNICS - UNIplexed operating andComputing System by Brian Kernighan. It was later shortened to UNIX.

The inventor, Chestor Carlson, named his product trying to say `dry'(as it was dry copying, markedly different from the then prevailingwet copying). The Greek root `xer' means dry.

Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company started off by mining thematerial corundum used to make sandpaper.

This was actually the financier's daughter's name.

This came from name of the river Adobe Creek that ran behind the house of founder John Warnock.

Computers It was the favorite fruit of founder Steve Jobs. He was three monthslate in filing a name for the business, and he threatened to call hiscompany Apple Computers if the other colleagues didn't suggest abetter name by 5 O'clock.

It is not an acronym as popularly believed. It is short for San Francisco.

This name was formed by using COMp, for computer, and PAQ to denote asmall integral object.

The name was derived from the founder's name Dr. Michael Cowpland. Itstands for COwpland REsearch Laboratory.

The name started as a joke boasting about the amount of informationthe search-engine would be able to search. It was originally named'Googol', a word for the number represented by 1 followed by 100zeros. After founders Stanford graduate students Sergey Brin and LarryPage presented their project to an angel investor, they received acheque made out to 'Google'

Founder Jack Smith got the idea of accessing e-mail via the web from acomputer anywhere in the world. When Sabeer Bhatia came up with thebusiness plan for the mail service, he tried all kinds of names endingin 'mail' and finally settled for hotmail as it included! the letters"html" - the programming language used to write web pages. It wasinitially referred to as HoTMaiL with selective uppercasing.

Hewlett Packard
Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard tossed a coin to decide whether thecompany they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard orPackard-Hewlett.

Bob Noyce and Gordon Moore wanted to name their new company 'MooreNoyce' but that was already trademarked by a hotel chain so they hadto settle for an acronym of INTegrated ELectronics.

Lotus (Notes)
Mitch Kapor got the name for his company from 'The Lotus Position' or'Padmasana'. Kapor used to be a teacher of Transcendental Meditationof Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted toMICROcomputer SOFTware. Originally christened Micro-Soft! , the '-'was removed later on.

Founder Paul Galvin came up with this name when his company startedmanufacturing radios for cars. The popular radio company at the timewas called Victrola.

Larry Ellison and Bob Oats were working on a consulting project forthe CIA (Central Intelligence Agency). The code name for the projectwas called Oracle (the CIA saw this as the system to give answers toall questions or something such). The project was designed to help usethe newly written SQL code by IBM. The project eventually wasterminated but Larry and Bob decided to finish what they started andbring it to the world. They kept the name Oracle and created the RDBMSengine. Later they kept the same name for the company.

It originated from the Latin word 'sonus' meaning sound, and 'sonny' aslang used ! by Americans to refer to a bright youngster.

Founded by 4 Stanford University buddies, SUN is the acronym forStanford University Network. Andreas Bechtolsheim built amicrocomputer; Vinod Khosla recruited him and Scott McNealy tomanufacture computers based on it, and Bill Joy to develop aUNIX-based OS for the computer.

The word was invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book'Gulliver's Travels'. It represents a person who is repulsive inappearance and action and is barely human. Yahoo! Founders Jerry Yangand David Filo selected the name because they considered themselvesyahoos.

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