Do You Know ...How These Names Came About?!?!?
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
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.
CISCO - its not an acronymn but the short for San Francisco.
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 resented 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
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.
Lotus (Notes) - Mitch Kapor got the name for his company from 'The
Lotus Position' or 'Padmasana'. Kapor used to be a teacher of
Transcendental Meditation of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Microsoft - coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was
devoted to MICROcomputer SOFTware. Originally christened Micro-Soft,
the '-' was removed later on.
Motorola - Founder Paul Galvin came up with this name when his company
started manufacturing radios for cars. The popular radio company at the
time was called Victrola.
ORACLE - 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 as the system to give answers
to all questions or something such).
Acronym for: One Real Asshole Called Larry Ellison ??
Red Hat - 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 anyone !
SAP - "Systems, Applications, Products in Data Processing", formed by 4
ex-IBM employees who used to work in the
'Systems/Applications/Projects' group of IBM.
Sony - from the Latin word 'sonus' meaning sound, and 'sonny' a slang
used by Americans to refer to a bright youngster.
SUN - founded by 4 Stanford University buddies, SUN is the acronym
for Stanford University Network.
Xerox - The inventor, Chestor Carlson, named his product trying to say
dry' (as it was dry copying, markedly different from the then
wet copying). The Greek root `xer' means dry.
Yahoo! - the 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