History behind the Names

Sebenernya gue pernah kepikiran udah lama tentang nama-nama project open source yang unik, apalagi yang kadang berbau ‘Indonesia’ seperti seperti halnya Java. Nah, pas gue browsing malah nyasar ke situsnya si Udhien. Dan dia malah gak tau juga. Berbekal wikipedia dan google gue cari akhirnya nemu istilah-istilah itu di sini. Daripada ilang gue posting juga disini kok. Santai aja 🙂

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

Apache – It got its name because its founders got started by applying patches to code written for NCSA’s httpd daemon. The result was ‘A PAtCHy’ server — thus, the name Apache

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

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

Apple Computers – favourite 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.

C – Dennis Ritchie improved on the B programming language and called it ‘New B’. He later called it C. Earlier B was created by Ken Thompson as a revision of the Bon programming language (named after his wife Bonnie)

C++ – 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 Rick Mascitti suggested the name C++ as a successor to C.

CISCO – its not an acronymn but the short for San Francisco.

Compaq – using COMp, for computer, and PAQ to denote a small integral object.

Corel – from the founder’s name Dr. Michael Cowpland. It stands for COwpland REsearch Laboratory.

GNU – a species of African antelope. Founder of the GNU project Richard Stallman liked the name because of the humour associated with its pronuniciation and was also influenced by the children’s song ‘The Gnu Song’ which is a song sung by a gnu. Also it fitted into the recursive acronym culture with ‘GNU’s Not Unix’.

Google – the name started as a jokey boast 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 grad students Sergey Brin and Larry Page presented their project to an angel investor, they received a cheque made out to ‘Google’

Hotmail – 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 upper casing.

HP – Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard tossed a coin to decide whether the company they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett.

Intel – Bob 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.

Java – Originally called Oak by creator James Gosling, from the tree that stood outside his window, the programming team had to look for a substitute as there was another language with the same name. Java was selected from a list of suggestions. It came from the name of the coffee that the programmers drank.

LG – combination of two popular Korean brands Lucky and Goldstar.

3 thoughts on “History behind the Names

  1. Gue paste sedikit disini untuk menjelaskan kenapa namanya adalah microsoft.

    Microsoft was founded in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen, under the company name Micro-soft, to develop and sell BASIC interpreters (initially for the MITS Altair 8800, whose manufacturer was already in Albuquerque). The name "Micro-soft" (short for microcomputer software) was used by Bill Gates in a letter to Paul Allen for the first time on November 29, 1975. "Microsoft" became a registered trademark on November 26, 1976.

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