Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Dec 2012 22:07 UTC
Apple "By the time I reached my office, I liked the name. Really liked it. I was committed. I could imagine seeing 'Safari' in the Mac OS X dock. I had to tell the team right away and, if necessary, convince them that they liked it too. Fortunately, and to their credit, they didn't need much convincing." Like I said - I love stories like this. Never liked the name 'Safari', though.
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iBrowse
by toast88 on Thu 20th Dec 2012 22:53 UTC
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2009-09-23

I guess iBrowse was never really an option since a browser with that name existed already for some years on the Amiga:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBrowse

Adrian

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RE: iBrowse
by MOS6510 on Fri 21st Dec 2012 07:46 UTC in reply to "iBrowse"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Yes, I remembered that too. Sad to see it died.

It should still be on my Amiga 1200.

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RE: iBrowse
by zima on Sat 22nd Dec 2012 15:57 UTC in reply to "iBrowse"
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2005-07-06

I guess iBrowse was never really an option since a browser with that name existed already for some years on the Amiga

That didn't really stop Apple with http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linksys_iPhone or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cisco_IOS

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Safari
by Casey99 on Thu 20th Dec 2012 23:29 UTC
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2011-07-14

When I first heard the name Safari, I thought it sounded kind of stupid. Still do actually.

I don't even dislike the browser all the much. But the name....

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Browser names.
by judgen on Fri 21st Dec 2012 01:18 UTC
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2006-07-12

There once was a Mosaic in AMaya prophecy found by a Navigator on the WorldWideWeb. Then an Opera singing Explorer on Safari found out that it was made out of Chrome, then came a Konqueror and took the entire Flock of depicted Firefoxe(s), Firebird(s), Seamonkey(s) and Lynx from the artwork. He left only the Arachne behind for all to enjoy.

iCab not stand it, it made me a Maxt(h)on of sad.

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RE: Browser names.
by judgen on Fri 21st Dec 2012 01:31 UTC in reply to "Browser names."
judgen Member since:
2006-07-12

But i try to stay netpositive since i am a true Voyager. lol

Edited 2012-12-21 01:31 UTC

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RE[2]: Browser names.
by patrix on Fri 21st Dec 2012 11:25 UTC in reply to "RE: Browser names."
patrix Member since:
2006-05-21

While drinking some HotJava

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RE: Browser names.
by siraf72 on Sun 23rd Dec 2012 09:32 UTC in reply to "Browser names."
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2006-02-22

Were you sad because you had no Cyberdog to keep you company?

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Freedom
by demosthenese on Fri 21st Dec 2012 01:38 UTC
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2011-02-01

St Jobs considered calling the browser 'Freedom'. Oh, the iRony.

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Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Fri 21st Dec 2012 07:57 UTC
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Most browser names are a bit silly I think.

If we call the world wide web just "web", wouldn't it make sense to call the browser "Spider"?

Okay, it will probably put people off who don't like spiders (I'll admit that includes me, but I do not kill them), but it would be a very fitting name as spiders are the only ones that can move about webs.

Or if people "surf" the web, why not call it "Surfboard"?

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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by Desiderantes on Fri 21st Dec 2012 19:42 UTC in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
Desiderantes Member since:
2012-04-14

Most browser names are a bit silly I think.

If we call the world wide web just "web", wouldn't it make sense to call the browser "Spider"?

Okay, it will probably put people off who don't like spiders (I'll admit that includes me, but I do not kill them), but it would be a very fitting name as spiders are the only ones that can move about webs.

Or if people "surf" the web, why not call it "Surfboard"?


I think you completely forgot Galeon Browser

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Great Article
by sisora on Fri 21st Dec 2012 09:08 UTC
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2011-08-26

Mostly OSNews covers IOS vs Android type of Articles or something on Patents. Rarely gems like these show up here and its what makes the site interesting.
One such article was on the Pinball

Edited 2012-12-21 09:10 UTC

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Good story
by Drunkula on Fri 21st Dec 2012 14:16 UTC
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2009-09-03

I liked the story. But... OMG this one sentence near the beginning almost made me vomit.

"I wasn’t in the room when the heavens split asunder and angels sounded forth as a choir singing that three-syllable benediction."

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Why does the name bother people?
by MacTO on Fri 21st Dec 2012 15:38 UTC
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2006-09-21

It's a name. It's how we refer to a product. It doesn't carry an awkward connotation that makes it embarrassing to mention. It doesn't have a single letter prefix or other phonemic atrocity that makes it awkward to say. It doesn't have camel case or otherwise odd capitalization that breaks with writing conventions.

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BallmerKnowsBest Member since:
2008-06-02

It doesn't have a single letter prefix or other phonemic atrocity that makes it awkward to say.


Apparently they were saving that for atrocity known as iWeb - which is incidentally one of the worst website editors ever devised. It's like Apple's developers looked at spaghetti code produced by Dreamweaver or Frontpage, and then thought to themselves "Pfft, that's nothing, we can generate much, MUCH worse output than that."

iWeb: the only reason I've ever had to use an OCR program to get the body text from a goddamn'd webpage.

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What's in a name
by Luke McCarthy on Sat 22nd Dec 2012 09:09 UTC
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2005-07-06

I guess Safari is a metaphor, since the web is "wild" and out of Apple's control.

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Safari is not a bad name
by MacMan on Sun 23rd Dec 2012 02:48 UTC
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2006-11-19

Explorer, Navigator also mean something related to what a browser does, look for stuff, hence I think there pretty good descriptive names. Now that I think about it, I think a lot, if not most of MS and Apple app names seem to be pretty sane and sensible.

Now if you want some freaking idiotic asinine names, look at most of the KDE apps.

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RE: Safari is not a bad name
by MysterMask on Tue 25th Dec 2012 06:50 UTC in reply to "Safari is not a bad name"
MysterMask Member since:
2005-07-12

Explorer [..] pretty good descriptive names


Thinking of it: On Windows, I always have to "explore" the filesystem since it's a mess. I like Find[er|ing] things a lot more ..

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