Company founder Marc Ewing was given the Cornell lacrosse team cap (with
red and white stripes) while at college by his grandfather. He lost it
and had to search for it desperately. The manual of the beta version of
Red Hat Linux had an appeal to readers to return his Red Hat if found by
"Systems, Applications, Products in Data Processing", formed by
4 ex-IBM employees who used to work in the 'Systems/Applications/Projects'
group of IBM.
From Santa Cruz Operation. The company's office was in Santa Cruz.
servlet part of the Jakarta project. Tomcat was the code name for the
JSDK 2.1 project inside SUN.
When Bell Labs pulled out of MULTICS (MULTiplexed Information and Computing
System), which was originally a joint Bell/GE/MIT project, Ken Thompson and
Dennis Ritchie of Bell Labs wrote a simpler version of the OS. They needed
the OS to run the game Space War that was compiled under MULTICS. It was
called UNICS - UNIplexed operating and Computing System by Brian Kernighan.
It was later shortened to UNIX.
inventor, Chestor Carlson, named his product trying to say "dry"
(as it was dry copying, markedly different from the then prevailing wet
copying). The Greek root `xer' means dry.
Interesting facts behind some of the most famous brands. There are many
companies / brands / products whose names were derived from strange
This came from name of the river Adobe Creek that ran behind the house
of founder John Warnock.
was the favorite fruit of founder Steve Jobs. He was three months late
in filing a name for the business, and he threatened to call his company
Apple Computers if the other colleagues didn't suggest a better name by
5 O'clock. As no name came by 5 O'clock, he named it Apple
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 a
small integral object.
name was derived from the founder's name Dr. Michael Cowpland. It stands
for COwpland REsearch Laboratory.
Google was originally called "BackRub", because the system
checked backlinks to estimate the importance of a site. Eventually,
they changed the name to Google, originating from a misspelling of the
word "googol", the number one followed by one hundred zeros,
which was picked to signify that the search engine was intended to provide
large quantities of information. Originally, Google ran under Stanford
University's website, with the domains google.stanford.edu and z.stanford.edu.
The domain name for Google was registered on September 15, 1997. The name
started as a joke boasting about the amount of information the search-engine
would be able to search. It was originally named 'Googol', a word for the number
represented by 1 followed by 100 zeros. After founders Stanford graduate students
Sergey Brin and Larry Page presented their project to an angel investor, they
received a check made out to 'Google'
Founder Jack Smith got the idea of accessing e-mail via the web from a
computer anywhere in the world. When Sabeer Bhatia came up with the
business plan for the mail service, he tried all kinds of names ending
in 'mail' and finally settled for hotmail as it included! the letters
"html" - the programming language used to write web pages. It was
initially referred to as HoTMaiL with selective uppercasing.
Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard tossed a coin to decide whether the
company they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett.
Noyce and Gordon Moore wanted to name their new company 'Moore Noyce' but
that was already trademarked by a hotel chain so they had to settle for an
acronym of INTegrated ELectronics.
Mitch Kapor got the name for his company from "The Lotus Position" or "Padmaasan".
Kapor used to be a teacher of Transcendental Meditation of Maharishi Mahesh Yogee.
This was actually the financier's daughter's name.
Coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted to MICROcomputer
SOFTware. Originally christened as Micro-Soft! , the '-' was removed later on.
Founder Paul Galvin came up with this name when his company started
manufacturing radios for cars. The popular radio company at the time was
Larry Ellison and Bob Oats were working on a consulting project for the
CIA (Central Intelligence Agency). The code name for the project was
called Oracle (the CIA saw this word as the system to give answers to
all questions or something such). The project was designed to help use
the newly written SQL code by IBM. The project eventually was terminated
but Larry and Bob decided to finish what they started and bring it to
the world. They kept the name Oracle and created the RDBMS engine. Later
they kept the same name for the company.
to the public in 1930 by Franklin and Ethel Mars, the Snickers bar was named
after their family horse. When that horse died they named a candy bar after
it. The original Snickers bars were sold for a nickel. Based on studies, it
is the best selling candy of all time with yearly worldwide sales at $2
originated from the Latin word 'sonus' meaning sound, and 'sonny' as a
slang used for it by Americans to refer to a bright youngster.
Founded by 4 Stanford University buddies, SUN is the acronym for Stanford
University Network. Andreas Bechtolsheim built a microcomputer; Vinod Khosla
recruited him and Scott McNealy to manufacture computers based on it, and Bill
Joy to develop a UNIX-based OS for the computer.
is a portmanteau word combining the French words "velour" and
word was invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book "Gulliver's
Travels". It represents a person who is repulsive in appearance and
action and is barely human. Yahoo! Founders Jerry Yang and David Filo
selected the name because they considered themselves yahoos.