Whats in the name?

Numerous companies in the IT industry have made big names for themselves in today’s market. They are in the news everyday for their work. But not many know how these names rose up which have contributed so much to the IT industry. Let’s have a small insight about how some of these companies got their names.

Apple: Got the name because the founder, Steve Jobs apparently worked in an apple orchard before setting up this company. Beatles’ record album –‘Apple’ was also his favorite.

Red hat: Got its name because Marc Erwing, who distributed Linux first had received a red hat from his grandfather as a gift, but lost it by the time he wrote the beta version of his Linux.

Yahoo: When David Filo and Jerry Yang came up with their search engine they decided to name it Yahoo because they considered themselves yahoos. Yahoo basically means a person with low hygiene quotient!

Hp: Founders Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard tossed the coin to decide whether it should be called Hewlett Packard or Packard Hewlett. If luck was otherwise you would have gone to buy PH Printers (The name sounds so strange!).

Motorola: The Company first made car audio systems and founder Paul Galvin named it Motorola because it was a trend those days to join ‘Ola’ at the end of the name. The company was later taken over but the name did not change.

Virgin: Strange it may seem and many hope that the name would mean something else. But no, Richard Branson named it so because when they first started, everyone on-board were actually virgins!

Nokia: The name is actually not the daughter’s name of a Japanese developer, but the name of the small town in Finland where the company was founded.

Wipro: Many people know this. Wipro was initially was into sunflower oil and 747 laundry soap business run by Azim Premji’s father who called it Wipro which stands for Western India Vegetable Products Limited.

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Oracle tags up with HP and ventures into hardware market

Oracle Corp startled many people at its Open World conference by announcing 2 hardware products developed in collaboration with Hewlett Packard Co. The products were said to be designed to render high performance for data warehousing applications. This is Oracle first direct venture into the hardware market. HP would make the line of data warehouse application computers and Oracle will market them under its own brand. The products that were released in the Open World conference on 24th were the HP Oracle Database Machine, which are pre-configured server racks including Oracle software and the HP Oracle Exadata Storage Server, which are HP ProLiant servers.

Exadata

Exadata

The company claims that the storage server was designed to push data more quickly to the databases by pairing Intel multicore processors with memory. The Exadata Storage Server includes a dozen disk drives and two quad-core Intel processors that are used to perform database query operations on the storage equipment itself. This would increase the performance by ten fold, Oracle claims.

The Linux version of the Database Machine would be available immediately but support for other operating systems is yet to come. The Exadata Storage Server will work with “any Oracle database server” meaning existing customers using older versions of oracle do not have to migrate to the new version of Oracle software.

Joking about the storage capacity, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison quipped, “This is 1,400 times larger than Apple’s largest iPod.”

The Database Machine is priced at $4,000 per terabyte of storage, plus the database license cost, Oracle said. The systems can be ordered from Oracle, which will be responsible for sales and support. HP will handle the delivery and servicing of the hardware.

Larry Ellison Open World conference video

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Google-Android phone: G1

Google has unveiled the ‘G1’ manufactured by HTC and will have T-Mobile as the exclusive carrier for it. It is said to be available on Oct 22.

G1 features a wide touchscreen, a 3-megapixel camera and a slide out QWERTY keyboard. The G1, which runs on T-Mobile’s 3G and EDGE networks as well as WiFi, also includes a trackball and a music player. Google has loaded the device with several new applications, such as Google Maps with Street View. The map service enables users to instantly view maps and satellite imagery as well as locate local businesses and access driving directions.

Other applications on the G1 include a rich HTML e-mail client capable of syncing Gmail, calendar and contacts as well as most other POP3 or IMAP e-mail services. The device also supports instant messaging in the form of Google Talk, as well as AOL, Yahoo Messenger and Windows Live Messenger. Also included is built-in support for YouTube. Like iTunes for the iPhone, G1 is loaded with a new application from Amazon.com that accesses the e-tail giant’s media store that will enable users to purchase music.

The iPhone and the G1 take different approaches to storage. Apple offers both an 8 GB and a 16 GB iPhone. The G1, on the other hand, comes pre-installed with a 1 GB MicroSD memory card. Users can buy additional memory cards (the device supports cards up to 8 GB) and interchange them.

Among the flip side factors for the android phone are that, although the G1 includes a music player, it does not offer a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. In order to listen through standard headphones, users will have to buy an adapter. Although the device can read documents created in Word, Excel or PowerPoint, the handset does not support Microsoft.

G1 obviously does not use the elegant gestures as the iPhone. People who were expecting G1 to be flashy and better than iphone in all respects have to wait until the Google phone matures. There are a lot of things that the G1 does not have but this is just the first generation. Google have the reputation of filling the gaps fast so we have to wait and watch how the Google – android phone iterates.

In the U.S., the G1 handset will be available in black, white and brown at select T-Mobile retail stores and online on Oct. 22, priced at US$179 with a two-year voice and data agreement. The G1 will also be available in the United Kingdom beginning in November and in select European markets during the first quarter of 2009. The rest of the world will have to wait a little longer.

G1 video
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