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Pointless question of the day

Questions we would like to know the answer to but can't be bothered to ask.

   
4:32 pm on Oct 9, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Here's a question that many people don't have the answer to but wouldn't mind have that usless nuget of information.

Why is Windows called 'Windows'?

I know it was one of the first GUI's but surly this isn't it.
Was Bill Gates ever a double glazing salesman ;)?

Chris.

9:05 am on Oct 10, 2002 (gmt 0)

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That's because Mr. Bill loves to use generic everyday terms for the core products of his business. Unfortunately, the consequence is that he then has to live without brand name protection for those names, as has been demonstrated for "Windows" already (in the Lindows case), and will eventually be demonstrated in a similar way for "Pocket PC". I'm also not sure if naming a text processor "Word" offers much brand protection.

But hey, it's great if you are an uncreative person: You don't have to invent any new words that way! ;)

10:01 am on Oct 10, 2002 (gmt 0)

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How did the name "Windows" originate?

Bill Gates wanted to be immortal by giving his name to the new product.
However he was afraid that it will affect acceptance and sales of the new product and was a little shy as well to call the product the by his name "Gates". But he could not resist the temptation and thought of naming it "Doors" - a door is not very different from a gate functionally. But he thought that the resemblence was too obvious and he would be exposed in no time. So instead of Doors he chose "Windows" and he was not exposed till today until I write this!

btw, i found this one one site.

11:38 am on Oct 10, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Because the security is so transparant? Because if you look at it properly you can see right through it?

Hmm...seeing Windows 2000 is "...built on NT Technology" still makes me smile...

12:03 pm on Oct 10, 2002 (gmt 0)

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The responses are making me smile :).
12:09 pm on Oct 10, 2002 (gmt 0)

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because they are easy to break

DaveN

4:43 pm on Oct 10, 2002 (gmt 0)

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FOFL
my, my, my.........
Actually , I believe the guys at Apple were using the term windows sometime before Sr. Gates decided to call it his own.
:)
7:35 am on Oct 14, 2002 (gmt 0)

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and I beleive the guys at xerox(sp?) were using it before apple