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How 6 Memorable Tech Companies Got Their Names

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the what's-in-a-name? dept.

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itwbennett writes "If Larry Page and Sergey Brin had stuck with the first name for their search engine, we'd be 'BackRubbing' instead of Googling. But the fun doesn't stop there. The unforgettable Go Daddy was first saddled with the eminently Seussian moniker 'Jomax Technologies.' And as for Yahoo!... its original name just rolled off the tongue: 'Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web.'"

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94 comments

Yahoo! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33514072)

That's pretty cool, or what?

Apple? (3, Insightful)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 3 years ago | (#33514078)

Sure, I probably need to RTFA, but I think maybe this is in apple.slashdot.org just because a quota needed filling.

Re:Apple? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33514198)

RTFA

Re:Apple? (1)

jemtallon (1125407) | more than 3 years ago | (#33514244)

After reading the full article, I agree

Re:Apple? (1)

nomorecwrd (1193329) | more than 3 years ago | (#33514588)

It is just me? after reading TFA I still don't know how Apple got its name.

Best, and stupid, explanation: it just occurred to Jobs. It could have been Pear computer, or Orange computer, or any other fruit, vegetable,... bah..... the most boring article ever!

Re:Apple? (1)

c++0xFF (1758032) | more than 3 years ago | (#33515034)

My understanding: Steve Jobs pulled the name from the same place he pulls everything else.

For most people, the sun don't shine there ... but it must be a quite magical place for Jobs.

Re:Apple? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33515512)

I think it is a location that is brown and green, dirty and a breeding place for worms.

Re:Apple? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33516758)

Actually, they admitted it early on. They (Wozniak and Jobs) were sitting there trying to come up with a name, and couldn't think of one they liked. One of them was eating an apple, and said "if we don't come up with something better, we will just name the company Apple...". But that was told to us back before the Mac existed, we Apple and Apple ][ people remember though...

Re:Apple? (1)

KlaymenDK (713149) | more than 3 years ago | (#33518140)

My best guess is that the name Apple was intended to be symbolic for "conveyor of insights" or something along those lines, hinting at the apple that hit Newton on the head.

Here's an image of the "Apple I Operation Manual", which shows the pre-apple Apple logo.
http://www.vintage.org/special/2003/apple-1/apple-1-manual.jpg [vintage.org]

Later on, Jobs was thinking about a "bicycles for the mind" analogy.

Re:Apple? (1)

mcvos (645701) | more than 3 years ago | (#33518848)

It is just me? after reading TFA I still don't know how Apple got its name.

I do. Same as for most companies: one of the founders suggested it, and it stuck.

Re:Apple? (1)

Ksevio (865461) | more than 3 years ago | (#33514302)

Well Apple is #2 on the list. Everyone knows that if there is any mention of Apple in an article it needs to be posted on /. and in the apple section.

Re:Apple? (1)

Beerdood (1451859) | more than 3 years ago | (#33515020)

Sure, I probably need to RTFA, but I think maybe this is in apple.slashdot.org just because a quota needed filling.

The great plains of slashdot were somewhat unstable this Wednesday afternoon. Just a little earlier [slashdot.org] the trolls, apple fanbois and apple haters were riled up and excited with a story on schools using iPads! "Moar Apple News!" they cried, yearning for another story on Apple.

Lo and behold another story rose in the same day - only half an hour later - and it would indicate as to why Apple was named the way it was!! The fanbois drooled with excitement, knowing that the story would give a meaning explanation as to how Apple got it's great name. "Maybe it's because apples are healthy and good for you!" commented one somewhat confused fanboi. "It's because apples are shiny and alluring...AND AWESOME - just like apple products!" said another slashdot user out loud to himself, not noticing the odd glares from his co-workers in the adjacent cubicles. The haters also foamed at the mouth, equally excited to hear the stupid reason as to why Apple had it's uber-lame name. "Because they're ROTTEN TO THE CORE!" said one slashdot user, eager to post once he found the meaning... Another reminded himself of the "One bad apple ruins the bunch" saying he'd heard so long ago and scoured the comments to find the one where he could post a flamebait response that would be given a +5 insightful...

But much to their dismay, the full article opening sentence for Apple was "For a company that routinely touts its products as being magical, the origins of Apple's name are actually quite ordinary." There was no official answer, only some speculation from the Woz, and all the angry fanbois and haters were disappointed and crawled back to their caves and mother's basements to look for a microsoft or facebook article to flame..

Re:Apple? (1)

c++0xFF (1758032) | more than 3 years ago | (#33515168)

Maybe this link [slashdot.org] is a bit better?

Re:Apple? (1)

rainmouse (1784278) | more than 3 years ago | (#33515484)

I proudly did not RTFA. I always kill the tab when ever I'm confronted with one of these damnable pages that hold a few lines of text and a small picture before you have to click next and wait ages while they refresh endless flash advertisments, tracking cookies and sling the sperm of satan onto your hard disk. Allowing marketing firms to grind your browsing speed to a halt and slowly entice you along with a trickling breadcrumb is not something I'm keen on supporting. Still this one is relatively short, but it's the principle that matters to me.

Re:Apple? (0, Offtopic)

mattack2 (1165421) | more than 3 years ago | (#33515700)

I read it in one page fine with Safari Reader.

Re:Apple? (1)

mattack2 (1165421) | more than 3 years ago | (#33529328)

How is that offtopic? I gave an example of how to read it in one page (besides the 'print' link, which doesn't exist on all pages that Reader works with).

Make or break names (4, Insightful)

CarpetShark (865376) | more than 3 years ago | (#33514142)

If Larry Page and Sergey Brin had stuck with the first name for their search engine, we'd be 'BackRubbing' instead of Googling.

No, we'd be using something else.

Re:Make or break names (3, Insightful)

pz (113803) | more than 3 years ago | (#33514266)

If Larry Page and Sergey Brin had stuck with the first name for their search engine, we'd be 'BackRubbing' instead of Googling.

No, we'd be using something else.

Quite likely AltaVista.

Re:Make or break names (1)

CAIMLAS (41445) | more than 3 years ago | (#33515668)

Because AltaVista is such an easy turn of phrase, it rolls right off the tongue, right?

That was my preferred engine for quite some time. I could barely type it, just now, and have to verbalize to remember the proper spelling.

Re:Make or break names (1)

thogard (43403) | more than 3 years ago | (#33516078)

I've always speeled it av.com

Re:Make or break names (1)

HereIAmJH (1319621) | more than 3 years ago | (#33517644)

I've always speeled it av.com

That beats the hell out of altavista.digital.com.

(it's been a while since I used AltaVista....)

Re:Make or break names (1)

dkf (304284) | more than 3 years ago | (#33518548)

Quite likely AltaVista.

No. Google's search offering back then was enormously better than what went before. (For comparison, AV was just a random pile of perhaps-relevant stuff, and Yahoo was wildly incomplete for everything I tended to search for back then.) It would have needed a very bad name indeed to have persuaded me to use something else.

Re:Make or break names (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33534098)

Haha, not for porn!

I used Altavista's services quite a lot until the mainstreaming of porn *tube sites. They had a video search, which Google did not, and neither the video or the image search were porn-filtered. Back then a good alternative to IRC or KaZaA ;-)

Re:Make or break names (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33514298)

Why, 'cause there's like nothing weird about backrubbing my daughter.

Re:Make or break names (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33515186)

I googled her last night

Re:Make or break names (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33516632)

I fingered [wikipedia.org] her last night.

Re:Make or break names (2, Insightful)

StikyPad (445176) | more than 3 years ago | (#33514470)

No, we'd be using something else.

Doubtful.. names don't seem to help or hurt at all. Few people knew what a googol was before Google, and most people probably still don't.

Of course, if the name BackRub had been selected, we'd all be "rubbing one out" right now and talking about the new InstaRub feature.

So... pretty much no change at all.

Re:Make or break names (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33515178)

Names don't make much of a difference if they are pronounceable and don't have unintended second meanings.

If it were called Akfarlopagop, I'd get tired of typing that and feel like an idiot when trying to tell someone about it....and they would likely misspell it. And it's not like they can use google to look up Akfarlopagop because....google would be it.

Or if it were called Smallwinky. You should smallwinky that. Let me smallwinky that for you.

Names make a difference, it's just really hard to notice it until you take it to the more extreme/foolish names.

Google is easy to spell when you hear it.....and not so hard to pronounce that you'd have a lot of people saying it differently.

Re:Make or break names (1)

Pesticidal (1148911) | more than 3 years ago | (#33515428)

That reminds me of that so-called Google-killer search engine that was launched a year or so ago by some ex-Google people, of which the name escapes me as it was some obscure unpronounceable Irish word. No idea whether it's still online.

Re:Make or break names (1)

PaulMeigh (1277544) | more than 3 years ago | (#33515562)

Cuil.

It's still there but unfortunately the search results suck.

Re:Make or break names (1)

ian_from_brisbane (596121) | more than 3 years ago | (#33516256)

What if they were called Stink Blossoms?

Re:Make or break names (1)

IllusionalForce (1830532) | more than 3 years ago | (#33518712)

Google is easy to spell if you're a native speaker of English. I've seen too many failures to spell Google in German, even nowadays.

Re:Make or break names (1)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 3 years ago | (#33521856)

Hah, smallwinky isn't even in my dictionary.

Re:Make or break names (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 3 years ago | (#33516668)

As Shakespeare wrote:
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell..."

Re:Make or break names (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 3 years ago | (#33518972)

One might note that the character saying that, and the one she was telling it to, both wind up dead by the end of the play because in the end, they *weren't* able to escape their names.

Re:Make or break names (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33514896)

We'd be using 'that one with the stupid that powers (powered) Yahoo! but doesn't have such a shitty interface'.

Jomax! (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33514200)

The unforgettable Go Daddy was first saddled with the eminently Seussian moniker 'Jomax Technologies.'

Why didn't they use that? That's a way better name. I can't stand the name "Go Daddy". It's reason enough not to deal with them (although there are plenty of others).

Re:Jomax! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33514276)

It's like some innuendo that doesn't even explain what the hell they do.
It's web hosting, right? For porn, then? Who the fuck knows. They sponsor a NASCAR. Maybe it's NASCAR porn.

Some stories about GoDaddy on Slashdot (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33514368)

Some stories about GoDaddy on Slashdot, in order by date:
Go Daddy Usurps Network Solutions [slashdot.org] (2005-05-04)
GoDaddy Serves Blank Pages to Safari & Opera [slashdot.org] (2005-12-08)
GoDaddy.com Dumps Linux for Microsoft [slashdot.org] (2006-03-23)
GoDaddy Holds Domains Hostage [slashdot.org] (2006-06-17)
GoDaddy Caves To Irish Legal Threat [slashdot.org] (2006-09-16)
MySpace and GoDaddy Shut Down Security Site [slashdot.org] (2007-01-26) That incident prompted this web site:
Exposing the Many Reasons Not to Trust GoDaddy with Your Domain Names [nodaddy.com] .
Alternative Registrars to GoDaddy? [slashdot.org] (2007-02-03)
GoDaddy Bobbles DST Changeover? [slashdot.org] (2007-03-11)
850K RegisterFly Domains Moved To GoDaddy [slashdot.org] (2007-05-29)
According to this March 11, 2008 story in Wired, GoDaddy shut down an entire web site of 250,000 pages because of one archived mailing list comment: GoDaddy Silences Police-Watchdog Site RateMyCop.com [wired.com] . See below for Slashdot's story about RateMyCop.com.
GoDaddy Silences RateMyCop.com [slashdot.org] (2008-03-12)
ICANN Moves Against GoDaddy Domain Lockdowns [slashdot.org] (2008-04-08)
GoDaddy VP Caught Bidding Against Customers [slashdot.org] (2008-06-29)

Those are just the stories until July of 2008.

Re:Jomax! (1)

Alaren (682568) | more than 3 years ago | (#33515302)

Your question is probably rhetorical, however, for what it's worth: Jomax is a road in Arizona--the road the company was on when it first started up.

I wasn't privy to the name change decision (I worked for Go Daddy many years later). But place names make for marginally weaker trademarks, so maybe that had something to do with it. Or maybe Bob (the owner) just changed his mind, working for him was often something of an adventure.

If I named my business after my first website (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33514308)

It would be called 127.0.0.1

Re:If I named my business after my first website (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33514390)

Reminds me of my buddy's first web-site he asked me to check at 127.0.0.1. No he didn't realize why I couldn't see it.
I'll skip the obvious "hey he likes the same pr0n" joke.

Bite out of the apple (5, Interesting)

LinuxGrrl (123916) | more than 3 years ago | (#33514312)

Aw damn I had it told to me that the origin of "Apple" and specifically its logo was a coded reference/tribute to Alan Turing and his chosen method of suicide... Especially seeing as originally it was in rainbow colours...

Re:Bite out of the apple (1, Insightful)

Nerdfest (867930) | more than 3 years ago | (#33514478)

I always thought it alluded to it sucking you in with the shiny sweetness, but quietly unleashing evil lock-down and a walled garden. Maybe I'm reading too much into it.

Re:Bite out of the apple (5, Funny)

PCM2 (4486) | more than 3 years ago | (#33514578)

It's a reference to how you start out in a walled garden, but they kick you out as soon as you do something they don't like, even though you never understood the rules.

Re:Bite out of the apple (1)

bm_luethke (253362) | more than 3 years ago | (#33517238)

I'm assuming this is some form of verbal jousting and I found that amusing, however if it is not do recall that Wozniak was the other half of the original founders. Wozniak is a geek, nerd, or whatever term you wish to describe most of us here at heart, though not much of a business man. I've always understood why people liked him and what Apple did whilst he had some say so, never understood why they like Jobs and his Apple. Jobs is every bit (and IMO more so) ruthless as Gates is, he just is better at marketing his self image than gates is.

I'll certainly believe that Wozniak/Jobs had the idea of it being for Turing and isn't something tacked on after the fact (which is what you imply if you are serious with your criticism), it is just Apple has been different in the past, though that was decades ago.

Re:Bite out of the apple (2, Insightful)

acid06 (917409) | more than 3 years ago | (#33520348)

This post should be modded Insightful, not Funny.
Brilliant, sir.

Re:Bite out of the apple (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33515142)

Oh, the Apple store guy here said it was named after Wilhelm Tell, and that the second arrow is handy if someone isn't affected by the reality distortion field.

Does not sound the same (2, Interesting)

PmanAce (1679902) | more than 3 years ago | (#33514346)

Saying "Let me google that" when wanting to look up something just doesn't have the same ring to it if instead we said:

"Let me BackRub that"...on second thought, maybe I would get more action with my female colleagues...

Re:Does not sound the same (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33514392)

Obviously, the term would be "Let me BackRub it out"

one page version (4, Informative)

Aoet_325 (1396661) | more than 3 years ago | (#33514394)

http://www.itworld.com/print/119860 [itworld.com]

Can articles please link to these by default already?

Re:one page version (1)

tsahi (1798230) | more than 3 years ago | (#33517920)

The print version may be easy to read, but it denies the site from the ads that allow it to finance the bandwidth /. consumes. It will also hide links to other sections of the site you might be interested at, so your experience would be diminished.

WAY Better (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33514408)

Star Wars is WAY better than Star Trek

So if it wasn't for Google... (3, Funny)

dclozier (1002772) | more than 3 years ago | (#33514416)

Rub one out would have a whole new meaning for ./

Re:So if it wasn't for Google... (1)

dclozier (1002772) | more than 3 years ago | (#33514434)

Make that /. (we really could use a minute or two edit window here!)

Re:So if it wasn't for Google... (3, Funny)

sharkey (16670) | more than 3 years ago | (#33514652)

Or a function that allows you to look over your post before submitting it. A "Preview", as it were.

Re:So if it wasn't for Google... (1)

dclozier (1002772) | more than 3 years ago | (#33517222)

Ahh yes - preview indeed. And it looked good until right after hitting submit. Sporadic Dyslexia perhaps? :D

Re:So if it wasn't for Google... (1)

Noughmad (1044096) | more than 3 years ago | (#33517872)

What's this "preview" you're talking about?

Re:So if it wasn't for Google... (1)

sharkey (16670) | more than 3 years ago | (#33523144)

You mean "Rospadic Lysdexia"?

Re:So if it wasn't for Google... (1)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 3 years ago | (#33521988)

,blockquote/>Or a function that allows you to look over your post before submitting it. A "Preview", as it were..?bolckquote .>

Perview is for luzrs.

Re:So if it wasn't for Google... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33514556)

"Just fucking google it" becomes "Just fucking backrub it", or "Just fucking rub it". I dunno, that last one isn't too bad.

Re:So if it wasn't for Google... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33515136)

Let me BackRub that for you.

Jomax from Suess? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33514424)

Jomax is the name of a major road in the Phoenix metro, near GoDaddy's headquarters...

Naming a company today ... (3, Insightful)

perpenso (1613749) | more than 3 years ago | (#33514748)

1. Register a domain. The most difficult step.
2. Check for trademarks yourself.
3. Pay an attorney to check for trademarks. They will find conflicts that you never imagined and that you disagree with, however they understand the trademark office better than you.
4. Now create that s-corp, llc, etc.

and of course it has to be added:

5. ?
6. Profit!

Re:Naming a company today ... (1)

CAIMLAS (41445) | more than 3 years ago | (#33515684)

Sadly, that's true - especially for technology related stuff.

* Anything with "-soft" in it? yeah, no. Not only are they all taken, but they suck.
* Anything not really long? Already taken.
* Two or three common words, or variations thereof? Taken.
* Greek names, etc.? Mostly taken.

Unless you're naming the company after yourself, and you've got a long German name, good luck.

The most important internet company ever (3, Funny)

retardpicnic (1762292) | more than 3 years ago | (#33515180)

HOMER
Oh, what am I gonna call my Internet company? All the good names are taken. Oh wait, I've got it! Flancrest Enterprises! (looks in a book) D'oh!

MARGE
What exactly is it your company does again?

HOMER
This industry moves so fast it's really hard to tell. That's why I need a name that's cutting-edge, like CutCo, EdgeCom, InterSlice... come on, Marge, you're good at these! Help me out!

MARGE
How about... CompuGlobalHyperMegaNet?

HOMER
Fine, it's not important... What really matters is my title. I think I'll make myself... vice president. (excitedly) No, wait! Junior vice president!

The phone rings, and Homer answers it.

HOMER
CompuGlobalHyperMegaNet, junior vice president Homer Simpson speaking, how may I direct your call? (disappointedly) It's Patty.

Homer hands the phone to Marge.

Names really do make a difference (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33515446)

When Ubuntu first came out, I sent away for a bunch of the disks. I tried giving them away here in rural flyover USA..I got one taker, and that was a hard sell on my part. People heard that name, asked what the heck it was, I tried explaining it was an African word and...no one wants anything to do with Africa, instant turn off. People just don't associate much of anything worthwhile as coming from Africa. It's not racist per se, just..when is the last time you heard of anything at all worthwhile coming from there, something you might see in a store or something? That name alone has slowed adoption of that operating system I bet.

Re:Names really do make a difference (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33518316)

when is the last time you heard of anything at all worthwhile coming from there

humans

Re:Names really do make a difference (1)

SimonGhent (57578) | more than 3 years ago | (#33519030)

humans

That was quite a while ago... sort of proves his point!

Re:Names really do make a difference (1)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 3 years ago | (#33522318)

It's not racist per se

Translation: it's racist.

Asus (3, Interesting)

AfroTrance (984230) | more than 3 years ago | (#33515502)

Do people pronounce this 'a-suhs' or 'a-zoos'? I pronounce it the first way. I've heard people use the second way. If it is from 'Pegasus', then the first way would be correct.

Re:Asus (1)

mattack2 (1165421) | more than 3 years ago | (#33515734)

I pronounce it "ay-suhs", which I think is similar to what you mean by "a-suhs". But from Pegasus, it would really be "uh-suhs".

Re:Asus (1)

shermo (1284310) | more than 3 years ago | (#33517178)

I (used to) pronounce it ay-suhs, but now that you suggest it I'm going to call it a-suhs whenever I get the chance. Preferably in polite company,

Re:Asus (1)

bm_luethke (253362) | more than 3 years ago | (#33517260)

Frankly I do something in between - "A-soos". In their adds I've heard it said both ways so I went back to how I said it from the beginning, which I have also heard in their adds. Given that I rather suspect that they prefer to pander to every way one can say it and do so.

Re:Asus (1)

lj73 (1896988) | more than 3 years ago | (#33517638)

If they were from Pegasus, they would already have been culled by the Wraith.

Re:Asus (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33518224)

I called them once for tech support with a GPS and they corrected me, saying that it is ah-SOOS. Like Dr. Seuss.

Re:Asus (1)

Inda (580031) | more than 3 years ago | (#33519172)

The adverts all say Ay-Sus.

Re:Asus (1)

thygrrr (765730) | more than 3 years ago | (#33531456)

aaaah-zoos.

I'm German. :-)

Atari (2, Insightful)

ArcadeNut (85398) | more than 3 years ago | (#33515622)

They were originally going to be called " Syzygy".

Talk about dodging a bullet...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atari [wikipedia.org]

Re:Atari (1)

DaedylusSL (1145293) | more than 3 years ago | (#33524806)

That's almost too bad. Syzygy is such a cool word. (And I almost got a chance to play it in Scrabble once. I had all the right letters, but my uncle decided to use the S on the board for something else.)

Soroc (2, Interesting)

scatter_gather (649698) | more than 3 years ago | (#33515752)

Soroc Technologies was an early intelligent (well, ok, dumb) terminal company, started back in 1981. Well, they were smart enough to put the cursor where you wanted and do a few other tricks. Anyway, the name came from a night of drinking beer and trying to think up a new company name. They were drinking Coors at the time, and decided that an anagram of Coors would fit the bill. The company still exists, see www.soroc.com, and check out the company logo. Yes, it is the top of the beer can.

This was related to me one night over dinner by the company founder.

Microsoft (5, Funny)

fearlezz (594718) | more than 3 years ago | (#33515848)

I heard "Microsoft" was suggested by bill gates' first girlfriend... in bed.

Re:Microsoft (5, Insightful)

AfroTrance (984230) | more than 3 years ago | (#33516718)

I don't believe that for one second. How did he get a girlfriend before Microsoft made him a crapload of cash?

Re:Microsoft (1)

Ihmhi (1206036) | more than 3 years ago | (#33517332)

Are you kidding? He must have been a ladykiller [gearlive.com] back in the day.

Re:Microsoft (2, Funny)

AfroTrance (984230) | more than 3 years ago | (#33517434)

I stand corrected. That is making me Macrohard.

Re:Microsoft (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 3 years ago | (#33525834)

I don't believe that for one second. How did he get a girlfriend before Microsoft made him a crapload of cash?

What, you think he gave the company to Steve because he's a good executive?

Leather? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33516102)

Datastorm (makers of Procomm) were called Programmers in Leather. The copyright notice had "copyright PIL".

And then there's Microsoft... (1)

jhd (7165) | more than 3 years ago | (#33516336)

Bing! The sound you here when you finally get it... 10 years late.

Yahoo and Gulliver's travels (1)

atomic-penguin (100835) | more than 3 years ago | (#33517078)

I always thought the Yahoo, or Yay-hoo, name came from Gulliver's travels. As far as a website name goes, it beats the hell out of Houyhnhnm.com.

'Google' from Yahoo (1)

NicknamesAreStupid (1040118) | more than 3 years ago | (#33517096)

The President of Yahoo at the time was Tim Koogle.

Why it's an "Apple" story (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 3 years ago | (#33517104)

FTFA:

According to Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Jobs spouted out the name while the two were driving along Highway 85 outside of Palo Alto. Woz tells the tale in the 2004 book Apple Confidential 2.0:

Steve was still half-involved with a group of friends who ran the commune-type All-One Farm in Oregon. And he would go up and work there for a few months before returning to the Bay Area. He had just come back from one of his trips and we were driving along and he said, "I've got a great name: Apple Computer." Maybe he worked in apple trees. I didn't even ask. Maybe it had some other meaning to him. Maybe the idea just occurred based upon Apple Records. He had been a musical person, like many technical people are. It might have sounded good partly because of that connotation.

Re:Why it's an "Apple" story (1)

xded (1046894) | more than 3 years ago | (#33519140)

Well, actually in 2006 Woz's autobiography he recalls that:

About this time, Jobs suggested that he and Wozniak start a company. Wozniak was never interested in being an entrepreneur, feeling that such would detract from his role as an engineer. However, Jobs convinced him it would be something they could look back on and be proud of, even if it failed. Shortly after this, and toying with several names, he and Jobs settled on "Apple," after Jobs visit to a commune with a similar name.

(Excerpt is taken from wikipedia [wikipedia.org] , but it actually sounds just like the sentence in the book... But I may be wrong.)

How GoDaddy got their name... (1)

ArsenneLupin (766289) | more than 3 years ago | (#33519816)

... because the name they really wanted [bigdaddy.com] was already taken.

Hehe...

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