Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Jun 2011 22:58 UTC
In the News "I write a trivia column for a newspaper called The Austin Chronicle. Someone has asked me the origin of the word daemon as it applies to computing. Best I can tell based on my research, the word was first used by people on your team at Project MAC using the IBM 7094 in 1963. The first daemon (an abbreviation for Disk And Executive MONitor) was a program that automatically made tape backups of the file system. Does this sound about right? Any corrections or additions? Thank you for your time!"
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RE: Dæmon != Demon
by chemical_scum on Sun 26th Jun 2011 20:21 UTC in reply to "Dæmon != Demon"
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"The words daemon and daimon are Latinized spellings of the Greek δαίμων (daimôn), a reference to the daemons of Ancient Greek religion and mythology, Hellenistic religion and philosophy. Daemons are good or benevolent "supernatural beings between mortals and gods, such as inferior divinities and ghosts of dead heroes" (see Plato's Symposium), and differ from the Judeo-Christian usage of demon, a malignant spirit that can seduce, afflict, or possess humans."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daemon_(classical_mythology)

So the Xian's might object to the pagan origin of the term. I am sure this is the allusion that the originators of the acronym meant. The were probably literate enough to know Plato's use of the term and were referring to these benevolent behind the scene actors.

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