:: Origin of Famous Company Names ::

There are many companies/brands/products whose names were derived from strange circumstances.

Mercedes
This was actually the financier’s daughter’s name.

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

Apple Computers
It 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.

CISCO
It is not an acronym as popularly believed. It is short for San Francisco.

Compaq
This name was formed by using COMp, for computer, and PAQ to denote a small integral object.

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

Google
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 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 uppercasing.

Hewlett Packard
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.

Lotus (Notes)
Mitch Kapor got the name for his company from ‘The Lotus Position’ or ‘Padmasana’. Kapoor 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). 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.

Sony
It originated 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. 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.

Yahoo!
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.

:: A Different Beat – Boyzone – Lagu Sejenak ::

[African voices]
Let’s not forget this place
Let’s not neglect the our race
Let unity become
Life on earth be one
So let me take your hand
We are but grains of sand
Born throught the winds of time
Given a special sign

So let’s take a stand
and look around us now, people
So let’s take a stand
and look around us now, people…

Eeyeah–oh, eayeh–oh, eayeh (and the world is turning)–oh, by–yah
To a different beat
Eayeh–oh, eayeh–oh, eayeh (and the world is turning)–oh, by yah
(to a different beat)

Humanity’s lost face
Let’s understand its grace
Each day one at a time
Each life including mine

So let’s take a stand
and look around us now, people oh, people oh people!

[CHORUS]

I’ve seen the rain, fall in Africa
I’ve touched to snow of Alaska
(Oh tell me now…)
I’ve felt the mists of Niagara
Now I believe…
In you..

[repeat CHORUS twice]

How far we’ve come
and how far to go
rain does not fall
on one roof alone..(to a different beat)..

:: If Titanic was Made in INDIA… ::

1) There would be 10 times as many people on the ship

2) There would be a song with Kate Winslet in a white saree and of course singing in the rain!

3) The movie would be called “Pyar Kiya To Marna Kya”

4) Hero and Heroine would float in cold water for days and still survive, but the villian would die in the first dip.

5) The iceberg would be sent by the Heroine’s father to teach the hero a lesson.

:: Good minus God is identically Null ::

Bingung dengan judul di atas? jangan malu, pertama kali saya juga bingung. Ini berawal ketika saya pagi ini membuka facebook. Facebook salah satu jejaring komunitas sosial atau apapun istilahnya, yang pasti sedang naik daun karena terkenal dengan fleksibilitasnya yang mengalahkan pendahulunya, saya tidak menyebutkan nama pendahulunya facebook, tapi langsung saja saya menceritakan awalnya tulisan ini dibuat. Yah, seperti yang saya ceritakan, pagi ini saya membuka facebook saya (baca: login to facebook), kemudian melihat beberapa notifikasi yang ada, angkanya mencapai 99, hahahaha… memang saya sangat jarang login ke facebook, jadi jangan heran. Kemudian melihat ke friend request yang mencapai 6 request. Kebanyakan yang request adalah kawan-kawan lama, mulai dari kawan SD sampai kawan kuliah, atau mahasiswa-mahasiswa tempat saya mengajar. Kemudian sibuk mengabaikan (baca: ignore); kuis-kuis dan aplikasi-aplikasi request yang mencapai 164 request. Yang terakhir saya lakukan adalah membaca update status dari beberapa kawan, salah satunya ‘Made Wiryana’ yang memasang status tentang naik kereta satu gerbong dengan remaja-remaja Italia, dan mengatakan sangat ribut; karena satu orang remaja Italia sebanding dengan 10 orang, kalau satu gerbong berarti sebanding dengan? silahkan dibayangkan.
Sekilas terlintas, status Mas Tatang Widyanto yang baru saja masuk, mengatakan berlibur, hehehehe… entah berlibur kemana, tapi yang pasti memang hari ini long weekend, jadi bisa digunakan untuk berbagi dengan keluarga lebih lama. Iseng-iseng saya melihat info dari mas Tatang, saya melihat Favorite Quotation : ‘Good minus God == Null’; lama saya berpikir tentang quotation itu, kemudian sesuai insting, saya melakukan Googling, namun hasilnya nihil; atau null, hahahahaha… akhirnya saya paksakan menggunakan kurang dari 10% otak saya, kebiasaan manusia, menggunakan matematika dan kombinasi fungsi string, akhirnya menghasilkan ini :

(1) Good minus God == Null
(2) Good – God == Ø ; penggantian lambang
(3) GoodGod == Ø ; penghilangan secara langsung
(4) o == Ø ; ‘o’, jika disamakan dengan null, orang Amerika menyebut null dengan ought atau owh atau dilafalkan dengan huruf ‘o’.

Jadi memang benar yang dikatakan mas Tatang. Good minus God is identically Null. Maknanya? silahkan bertanya kepada hati nurani. Tabik.

Salam,

Ari Mogi