BarterBee looks like a most interesting service. I thought about what it might take to build a service like this a while back and even discussed it with a DVD-swapping programmer friend (right Steve?) but alas, we never did a thing with it and I sell all my DVDs that we don’t want on Amazon which works great. However, this is an excellent idea and I’ll give it a go very soon.
Griffin EarJams look like exactly what I want to be able to use the earbuds that came with the iPod. They don’t fit in my tiny ear canals as they are and this look like a great solution.
The Connections between George W. Bush and the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.
WIRED News has a story on RSS Attracting Really Serious Money in the form of early VC investment and growing public interest in both RSS and the blog world.
Things Google knows about you will make you squirm. Check the comments too, more stuff there.
Wikipedia has a great list of Company Name Etymologies. Here are a few that caught my eye just now:
AltaVista – Spanish for “high view”
Canon – from Kannon, the Japanese name of the Buddhist bodhisattva of mercy. The name was changed to Canon to avoid offending religious groups.
Cisco – short for San Francisco. It has also been suggested that it was “CIS-co” — Computer Information Services was the department at Stanford University that the founders worked in.
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.
Kinko’s – from college nickname of founder, Paul Orfalea. He was called Kinko because he had curly red hair.
Pixar – Action (verb) of making pixels in Spanish. According to “The Second Coming of Steve Jobs” book by Alan Deutschman, Ed Catmull and John Lassetter were looking for a sticky name and came up with “Pixer”, but they thought it sounded better in Spanish: Pixar. The company was founded after Steve Jobs bought the computer graphics division from Lucasfilm for $10 million.
Qantas – From its original name, Queensland And Northern Territory Aerial Services.
Six Apart – company co-founders Ben and Mena Trott were born 6 days apart (in September 1977).
Starbucks – named after Starbuck, a character in Herman Melville’s whaling novel, Moby-Dick.
Volvo – From the Latin word “volvo”, which means “I roll”.
Yahoo! – an acronym for Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle. The word Yahoo was invented by Jonathan Swift and used in 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.