Most Familiar Tech Terms With Mysterious Origin

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Most Familiar Tech Terms:

I am pretty sure almost every one of you reading this must’ve heard one or two technical or tech terms. Have you ever wondered where or how they were originated? A ton of jargon is used while talking tech, but it really is astonishing to see how often these common words are misinterpreted or mistakenly/incorrectly used. Have we done enough to actually know how these common terms came from or what they mean? Are we using them correctly in our daily lives?

Besides, there are so many words which we’ve taken up from our daily essentials and used them for technological purposes. But are we able to assess their meaning correctly? We are here to find out precisely that.

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1. Bluetooth[1]

It is said that this tech term was kept after the 10th century King Harald Gormsson who was successful in uniting the Scandinavian empire. But the King had a rotten tooth, so gnarly that it seemed like it was blue. Which is probably why the King earned the nickname “Bluetooth.”
The creator of “Bluetooth,” Jim Kardach, thought this name was the best for his one-stop solution of a single-wireless-connection. This tech was created alongside Intel, Ericsson, Nokia, and IBM in 1997. However, all four did not agree to this name suggested by Jim, but the other suggested names for this tech were even worse (one name suggested was “Flirt”). The four creators had no other choice but to name it “Bluetooth” out of desperation.

2. Mouse

If you haven’t heard of a computer mouse, then you should probably think about moving out of the rock you live in. The Mouse is a device which is used to navigate through different files situated in folders in a computer. It was invented by Douglas Engelbart. According to Douglas, “We don’t know why we call it the mouse. And to be very frank and honest, I don’t think anybody working on this, in the lab would recall the origin of the word. I guess we named it the Mouse because it looked like an actual mouse with a tail. We haven’t moved on since.”

3. Bugs

This is probably the most metaphoric one from the entire list of tech terms. A Bug in a computer generally refers to an anomaly which pertains and causes undesired outcomes within your computer system. It was derived in 1946, in Harvard, where the Mark II Aiken Relay Calculator (an early computer) was being tested, and it malfunctioned due to the suction of an actual bug in the huge fans in the machines. It has been used ever since for all abnormalities and unanticipated occurrences.

4. Cookies

In an ordinary course of a day, a cookie is a snack used to keep a humans energy levels up, to employ nourishment to the consumer. It is an entertainment food. But in computers, cookies are used to store a particular users information for future preferences to allow easier log-in the next time he tries. The data regarding the username and password is stored between the server and the website. This is a fore section of what happens when the user clicks on the option like “Keep me logged in” or “Remember Me.” However, the origin of the term incorporated in the tech world was entirely different. Developers compared it to a fortune cookie, and it’s similarities with it. A fortune cookie holds the fate of the person consuming it and an online cookie holds the information of the user trying to log-in.

5. GIF

The acronym for “Graphic Interchange Format.” It is basically a graphical video animation repeating itself over and over again to portray a single message. Although the origin of this word is not a mystery, the pronunciation of this word has had people boggling their minds over it. Some call it “jiff” while others take it upon themselves to call it “giff,” which by the way is the grammatical way of pronouncing it.

6. 404

Most people think that when the message pops up in your web-browser “404 Not Found/Error” is a code which is only meant for the system to understand. A very handful knows the origin, but 404 is the numeric response (which most coders would understand) and “Not Found/Error” is a more ‘humanly readable’ form. The first 4 represents a client error (mistyped URL). The last 04 represent the specific error encountered which didn’t allow the website to launch.

7. Hive

A Hive is a Windows system registry which stores data in it. It has a bizarre origin. It is said that one of the original developers working on the first version of Windows OS hated bees. So as a joke, one of his coworkers tried inserting as many as possible bee references in the original system. “Hive” is what they call they directory/registry. “Cells” are parts of “Hives.”

8. Stream

It is very general of people born in the 90s to think of a stream as a narrow river having a continuous flow. However, times have changed. Streaming is now a method of transmitting or receiving data over a steady, constant stream of connection. It was initially used to when the exchange of signals over electric lines became the basis of ‘elevator music.’

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