Here Is How These 7 Famous Tech Terms Got Their Name
Ever wondered whose decayed blue tooth enabled you to share photos and music with your friends? Or what that delicious cookie has to do with storing your browsing history on your computer?
Well, some of the common terms related to technology that have made our lives utter simple got their names from accidental discoveries or blunders like mis-spelling!
Read on to know these interesting origins and be amusingly enlightened:
Coined by an Intel engineer Jim Kardach, while reading a book about King Harald Bluetooth, who united Denmark and Norway in the 10th century. Kardach viewed him as the perfect symbol of uniting two entities, and so proposed to name the technology ‘bluetooth’ with the other contender being ‘flirt’.
Interestingly, the symbol for Bluetooth is actually the initials of Harald Bluetooth- H and B in Scandinavian.
Based on a sketch called ‘Spam’ by a BBC TV series, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, ‘Spam’ refers to a café where almost every item on the menu is filled with tinned pork and meat called ‘SPAM’ manufactured by a US food brand.
While reciting the menu, the waitress called out ‘SPAM’ so many times that the performing choir made a song out of it shouting ‘ Spam Spam Spam…. Lovely Spam! Wonderful Spam!’ and was annoyingly made to shut up. The word ‘spam’ was later used to depict anything that is unwanted and keeps repeating to the level of irritation.
The search engine in 1996 was called ‘BackRub’. In 1997, Larry Page and Sean Anderson zeroed upon ‘googol’, which means the number one followed by a hundred zeros, signifying the vast amount of data the search engine would offer.
When Sean searched for the availability of the domain name for ‘Googol’, he misspelt it as ‘Google’. The new name was instantly liked by everyone and hence, finalised.
On September 9, 1945, an American computer scientist Grace Murray Hopper while working on a Mark II computer discovered a moth that was trapped in a relay and causing some technical glitches. She said it was the ‘first actual case of bug being found’.
Interestingly, the moth is still on display in Smithsonian Museum in the USA. Although, the term ‘bug’ was in use to signify glitches for a long time, Grace Hopper was the first person to bring it into the world of computing.
A podcast is a media file (music, video etc.) available on the internet for downloading once you subscribe to it. The term was first used in February 2004 in an article in the Guardian newspaper by Ben Hammersley, who combined the term ‘iPod’ and ‘Broadcast’ to name this new medium.
Cookies are popularly used for saving the users’ information on the browser.
A ‘Fortune Cookie’ is a common Chinese dessert that carries a slip of paper inside which tells fortune. Programmers would have found a connection between the fortune cookies and the computer program that saves the users’ information for use in the future.
Ward Cunningham, the inventor of Wiki, picked the word at Honolulu International Airport while using the ‘Wiki Wiki Shuttle’ bus service between the airport terminals.
A ‘Wiki’ is the simplest of the online databases for users, derived from the Hawaiian word ‘Wiki’ that means ‘quick’. The encyclopedia ‘Wikipedia’ is the most popular form of Wiki available on the internet today.
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