serial_crusher: Yeah, I think I could have gotten behind the telepod. would we have abbreviated it as "phone" still, or just gone with "pod"? Apple could have played some copyright games with Googleif they'd tried to release a competing pod (kind of like they tried to do with the word "podcast"...)
Weidbrewer: Sure, it's easy to say that now....but remember how stupid "iPad" sounded and how we all made fun of it?
Precision Boobery: You think that's bad, Steve Jobs' code name was Brundlefly. What does that even mean?
TheSwizz: If I recall correctly, Cisco owned the 'iPhone' name so it's no surprise that they were coming up with multiple names.
Bullseyed: serial_crusher: Yeah, I think I could have gotten behind the telepod. would we have abbreviated it as "phone" still, or just gone with "pod"? Apple could have played some copyright games with Googleif they'd tried to release a competing pod (kind of like they tried to do with the word "podcast"...)I don't know anyone who called their iPhone a "phone" they are always very insistent on saying the brand name because their entire identity is made up of the brands they own.
Flint Ironstag: Product names are strange. No matter how funny they might sound at first once you get used to them they lose their original connotation. Apple could gave called it the Cockmaster and we'd all think it nothing odd now no matter how much we'd have laughed for the first week or so.
Dissociater: The original 'i' in iMac was supposed to stand for 'Internet' because that was a big deal in 1998 that a computer would have a built in modem.
akula: Dissociater: The original 'i' in iMac was supposed to stand for 'Internet' because that was a big deal in 1998 that a computer would have a built in modem.I don't know if the "i" was supposed to mean internet, but I can guaran-dam-tee you that it was very much NOT a big deal in 1998 to have an internal modem. Most everything in that day had an internal modem already... it wasn't even the first Mac to have an internal modem. Notebook PCs and Macs had internal modems. The Mac Performas had internal modems (my own 5215, purchased in 1995, had an internal modem). Externals were still available and plentiful, but by then most every computer had an internal modem at that point.I know 1998 seems like it was when fast internet speeds were unthinkable, AOL was still relevant, and dinosaurs still roamed the earth, but we'd been doing dial up internet for the last several years at that point and BBSes for even longer.
Fish_Bulb: It's not NEARLY as ridiculous as the whole Android naming conventions. I don't care who you are, or how amazing the technology is, "Ice Cream Sandwich" and the like are absolutely retarded. Same as the whole "Lion," "Leopard," "Snow Leopard," etc for Mac OS X. It says nothing about what it's supposed to do (even "3G and 4G LTE" at least tell you which one is newer).
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