Simply Brandish

I stumbled across this article when I was surfing the net, which I found pretty interesting. Its states how the names of some of the most famous brands in the world.

"Adobe - came from name of the river Adobe Creek that ran behind the house of founder John Warnock.

Apache - It got its name because its founders got started by applying patches to code written for NCSA's httpd daemon. The result was 'A PAtCHy' server -- thus, the name Apache.

Apple Computers - favorite fruit of founder Steve Jobs. He was three months late in filing a name for the business, and he threatened to call his company Apple Computers if the other colleagues didn't suggest a better name by 5 o'clock.

CISCO - its not an acronym but the short for San Francisco.
Google - the name started as a jokey boast about the amount of information the search-engine would be able to search. It was originally named 'Googol', a word for the number represented by 1 followed by 100 zeros. After founders,Stanford grad students Sergey Brin and Larry Page presented their project to an angel investor, they received a cheque made out to 'Google'.

Hotmail - Founder Jack Smith got the idea of accessing e-mail via the web from a computer anywhere in the world. When Sabeer Bhatia came up with the business plan for the mail service, he tried all kinds of names ending in 'mail' and finally settled for hotmail as it included the letters "html" - the programming language used to write web pages. It was initially referred to as HoTMaiL with selective upper casing.

HP - Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard tossed a coin to decide whether the company they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett.

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.

Lotus (Notes) - Mitch Kapor got the name for his company from 'The Lotus Position' or 'Padmasana'. Kapor used to be a teacher of Transcendental Meditation (by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi).

Microsoft - coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted to MICROcomputer SOFTware. Originally christened Micro-Soft, the '-' was removed later on.

Motorola - Founder Paul Galvin came up with this name when his company started manufacturing radios for cars. The popular radio company at the time was called Victrola.

ORACLE - Larry Ellison and Bob Oats were working on a consulting project for the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency). The code name for the project was called Oracle (acronym for: One Real Asshole Called Larry Ellison)

Red Hat - Company founder Marc Ewing was given the Cornell lacrosse team cap (with red and white stripes) while at college by his grandfather. He lost it and had to search for it desperately. The manual of the beta version of Red Hat Linux had an appeal to readers to return his Red Hat if found by anyone!

Xerox - The inventor, Chestor Carlson, named his product trying to say 'dry' (asit was dry copying, markedly different from the then prevailing wet copying). The Greek root 'xer' means dry.

Yahoo! - the word 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."

The way apple was named is hilarious. I mean come on, you named your brand after a fruit, and it became one of the most successful brands worldwide. Alright, I'll name my brand 'Bic' after my most frequently used pen manufacturer.




To tell you the truth, I am a big ass chocoholic. I go around eating 6-8 packs of chocolate per day, doesn’t mater what kind as long as it is chocolate. One of my favorite chocolate brands is galaxy. When you have a bite of galaxy you feel as if you taste the pure taste of chocolate, cause other brands have peanuts or butter or any kind of add on. Whereas galaxy, the only have chocolate, some times with those rise crispy or caramel but they emphasize more on the chocolate part.

Today while eating my daily dose of chocolate I read something off the bag that made the taste of the Minstrels better:


“Surrender to smooth and creamy GALAXY® milk chocolate captured in crispy shells”

In my opinion the new design of galaxy after re-branding is much better than the old boring design. It makes it more chocolaty...

Scary Shit

I just had an MRI scan for my right knee the other day, to check for a basketball injury, and shit going into that machine is scary. I never thought i would be claustrophobic, well not totally I didn't freak out or anything, but it was all just mere thoughts of being confined in such a small space. And the worst part was not being able to move for a freakn 30 minutes. Your body goes numb after 10 min for not moving as much. And to add to that there was no room for my left leg so i had to place it on top of a sharp (well it felt sharp... or kinda pointy :p) object and 5 min through the scan the pain was unbelievable, and every time i try and move it the dude start speaking into the mic "don't move"...

Yalla I got the results today and thank God there was nothing wrong with my knee, just a minor injury, now i can continue the tournament that started. I don't know if you noticed by these two posts but basketball is a major factor of my life.

Sweet and Salty

Just for being a tall person (2m)(yea that's considered incredibly tall in Jordan) its an advantage and a must that a person of my height play basketball, thus I've grown to like this game. The other day, there was a game between Jordan and Syria, so I go and watch the game with some of my teammates.

It starts of great a basket here and there. To avoid 'traffic' at the cafeteria I get up just before halftime to buy me a snack. I buy a can of Rani juice and a bag of popcorn, and naturally I start filling my popcorn with salt, just as soon as I'm about to head back to my seat the dude behind the counter shouts at me "Are you crazy, that's not salt it's sugar!!" standing there dumbfounded, I turn around to notice everyone in line has cracked up at me, I do my share of laughing, add a ton of salt and leave (really pissed of from inside). The salt had no effect at all, I was literally eating sweet popcorn with a touch of saltiness. And what makes it worse is that everyone I offer popcorn to eats it and stares at me thinking that I'm a crazy dude who favors sweet popcorn... I really should start paying attention to what I do. sweet popcorn!