Computer Lingo

Have you ever wondered where the terms used in computer speak originated?  The word cookie, a packet of information that travels between a browser and a web server, is named after the fortune cookie, a cookie with an embedded message.

Rebooting the computer is literally pulling yourself up by your bootstraps, a metaphor for any self-initiating or self-sustaining process.

The name Google was originally coined in 1938 by Milton Sirotta, nephew of mathematician Edward Kasner during a discussion of large numbers.  A Google is the number 1 followed by 100 zeros. 

The word “Yahoo!” was originally invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book Gulliver’s Travels. It’s a derogatory term for a person who is repulsive in appearance. Yahoo! founders Jerry Yang and David Filo selected the name because they considered themselves yahoos.

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