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What’s in a name? You wouldn’t know these companies by their first names

Brad’s Drink

In 1893 Caleb Bradham opened a pharmacy in North Carolina after dropping out of medical school due to a family crisis. While running his pharmacy he concocted a “healthy” cola, which was thought to aid in digestion. This refreshing drink was concocted of sugar, water, caramel, lemon oil, nutmeg, and other additives and was called “Brad’s Drink.” That name only lasted for five years and in 1898 it was renamed to…Pepsi Cola.

BackRub

BackRub it. Yeah, that sounds way weird, but if one well-known company had kept their original name, we would be saying “BackRub it” instead of “Google it.” Way back in 1996, Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin created a search engine they called BackRub. Taking up too much bandwidth on Stanford University’s website, Page and Brin eventually moved the company to a friend’s garage and registered the Google domain name, which originated from the word “googol,” which is the number 1 followed by 100 zeros.

Computing-Tabulation-Recording Corporation

The merger of four companies in 1911 created the Computing-Tabulation-Recording Company. The company manufactured a wide range of products, including employee time-keeping systems, weighing scales, automatic meat slicers, and punched card equipment. In 1924 the company was renamed to International Business Machines, otherwise known around the world as IBM.

Marufuku Co. Ltd

Originally named Marufuku, this company produced and marketed Hanafuda cards.  In 1951 the company’s name was changed to “Nintendo Playing Card Co. Ltd.”

After the president of the company visited the largest playing card company at that time and saw how small the offices were, he decided to explore other ventures that could be more profitable. In 1963 the company dropped the “Playing Card Co. Ltd.” from their name and simplified it to Nintendo. Nintendo tried to find an industry where they could establish a solid business, even dabbling in the hotel industry, taxi services, and other ventures that continued to fail. Testing various markets, they finally hit gold with Nintendo Entertainment Center in 1986.

Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web

Once again Stanford University makes an appearance on our list. Two graduate students were putting off finishing their doctoral studies and playing around on the new phenomenon known as the World Wide Web. As they found new sites that they liked they would index them in a directory on their website. As the list began to grow, they decided to call their website “Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web,” after Jerry Yang and David Filo, the two students. The site was renamed in 1995 to Yahoo!, a backronym for “Yet Another Hierarchically Organized Oracle.”

http://www.famousnamechanges.net/html/corporate.htm

http://www.google.com/about/company/history/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Nintendo

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2008/feb/01/microsoft.technology

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yahoo!

http://www.pepsistore.com/history.asp

Use the cloud to help create your wedding day

In recent articles we’ve highlighted a few industries that have benefited from cloud computing. Although the cloud is beneficial to SMBs and enterprises, there are many ways that consumers take advantage of the cloud. Let’s take a look at preparing for a wedding.

Today you would be hard pressed to find a Rolodex in any of our homes, thanks to the digital age. To avoid having to reach out to each of our friends and family for their information, consider taking a Wikipedia approach to collecting the mailing information for your wedding guests. I suggest using Google forms to address this need.

Google forms allow you to create a free “survey” where prospective guests can fill out their information. Google even has created some great background theme images that you can use. Once the survey is customized to your liking you can then send a link to your friends. In this case I suggest sending it in a message via Facebook (because that’s where most of us have connected with our closest friends). Once the guests enter in the info it’s compiled in an easy-to-access spreadsheet, which can be shared with your future spouse and can also be exported and sent to your local print/copy shop for printing invitations. Ten minutes to create the form can save hours of contacting each and every person.

What about the cloud and wedding gifts? Each new couple needs a few sets of matching bathroom towels, but how do you avoid getting duplicate gifts? Set up a gift registry! Target and Bed Bath & Beyond have thoughtfully created an easy way to register for the gifts that you need. The recently engaged couple can add gifts via the company’s site or by going into the store. The updated list is then accessible at any of their stores or via the registry on the company’s site. The company even stores your address for guests that are out of town and won’t be able to attend the wedding.

Helping all those involved in the wedding visualize what you want on your special day is crucial. If you or your loved one has collected hundreds of images of the perfect fairytale wedding, be sure that you have access to them anywhere you go. Mozy’s mobile app lets you sync your files from your computer to your mobile device without having to use the storage space on your phone. Within seconds you have instant access to images of the ideal bouquet or wedding dress. Why leave it to chance? Use the cloud help you create your special day!

Threats to Enterprise Businesses – Infographic

We got to thinking about the enterprise and how it’s often thought of as a modern-day venture. But the enterprise has been around a long time. In fact, historically, enterprise-sized companies have come and gone for any number of reasons, primarily because they weren’t prepared for the unexpected or they underestimated economic indicators. And today’s enterprises are no less immune from threats than yesterday’s enterprises. Whether man-made or natural, internal or external, there are persistent forces out there ready to take down any enterprise not properly prepared or protected. If you’re looking to protect your business from data loss, take a look at MozyEnterprise by EMC, a cloud-based solution that protects data and provides data restores. We’ve been around a long time and we’re here to help you do the same.

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When movies predicted the future in tech

A Trip to the Moon” was released in 1902 and was one of the first if not the first science fiction movies. In it a group of scientists are shot out of a cannon the size of World War II railway gun “Schwerer Gustav” right into the eye of the moon. The scientists explore the moon and even have an encounter with the moon’s inhabitants. It wasn’t until 1969 that Neal Armstrong would actually step foot on the moon. I’m sure that in 1902 a trip to the moon in the literal sense was an incomprehensible journey. It took 67 years for the movie to become a reality when Armstrong took his first step—and that giant leap for mankind.

Let’s take a look back at what other movie tech was far-fetched for the time but has become a reality today.

Although the 1980’s television series “Knight Rider” only lasted four seasons, KITT—the crime-fighting talking car—has since become a pop culture icon. It’s said that KITT contained a cybernetic processor that was created by the U.S. government but was then used in the iconic Pontiac Trans Am. Comparable to KITT’s capabilities is Apple’s CarPlay, which allows drivers to interact with Siri. Because of cloud computing, the processor can reside in a data center far away and isn’t required in the car. With the introduction of self-driving cars and the great strides that AI has made, look for a real KITT in the near future.

And let’s not forget about the Batmobile! If I had a bank account similar to Bruce Wayne’s (aka Batman), I would definitely fund the research for a few of those cool toys that he relies on, especially the Batmobile. Think of the convenience of having a car pick you up at the airport terminal rather than trying to remember where you parked it in the acres and acres of parking lot. That idea may not be so far-fetched. The Audi A7 is a prototype that is essentially waiting to go through a few legal hurdles before it can be released. Using sensors, cameras and GPS, the car can navigate itself through your daily commute and can even pick you up. Right off the bat you may need a few bucks from your rich Uncle Bruce, but as with all new technology, such a car should be affordable in a few short years.

Although Alderaan—the fictional “Star Wars” planet—wouldn’t be excited for this new advancement in technology, the U.S. Navy has developed a “directed-energy weapon,” otherwise known as LaWS. LaWS is a defense system that the Navy uses to shoot down unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)—otherwise known as drones—and small boats. It’s less expensive and faster than using guns or missile systems and minimizes collateral damage. The system focuses six high-energy lasers on the target—much like the Death Star did in “Star Wars” to blow up Alderaan.

I am Iron Man!!! Or at least I wish I could be. Although Iron Man is a fictional superhero, the U.S. military has been working on a usable, non-clunky, exoskeleton for its soldiers during combat. Tony Stark would be impressed by the recent advancements in exoskeleton technology, which has allowed these exo suits to become a reality, even if only in experimental form. In 2010, defense contractor Raytheon demonstrated XOS 2, which is essentially a robot guided by the human brain. This suit allowed the user to lift two to three times as much weight than what the user could have without the suit. Exo suits can also be used to protect soldiers from shrapnel and bullets. These suits will not only help us feel more super-heroish, they will also allow people with spine injuries or muscle-deteriorating diseases to get around easier.

The future is exciting and the sky is the limit when it comes to advancements in technology. Send us your thoughts on what you would like to see down the road.

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My name is Jen and I work for Mozy

We are pleased to introduce Jen, who is a member of the Mozy Sales team. She is consistently one of the first to arrive at work and one of the last to leave. Not only is she a dedicated employee, she is charismatic and well-informed about a wide variety of subjects. And if you are ever having a bad day, Jen is always dependable for a hug or words of encouragement that will change the color of your mood ring—unless you are rooting for the San Diego Chargers or the Oakland Raiders. Mozy scored extra points when Jen was hired! Read below to learn more on what makes Jen…well, Jen.

I define my workspace as…

Wall-to-wall information! Nearly every inch is covered with 4” x 6” notecards of things that I have learned. That is one thing I love about working in this industry; it is forever evolving and I am forever learning.

A device I can’t live without….

My phone. I wish I had a better answer, but I don’t. I use it more as a camera than anything else. I have a six-month-old baby boy and I feel the need to document every giggle and smile.

When I arrive at work, I typically start my day off by…

Nesting. I turn on my computer, straighten any papers, and then grab my yellow notepad and favorite pen. At that point I can begin my day.

How long have you worked for Mozy?

One and a half glorious years. I have honestly been so happy here.

I do/do not listen to music at work and it helps me work better because …

I don’t listen to music at work; I am on the phone too much. I am constantly humming though, so I guess you could say that I make my own music.

If you could be in one TV sitcom or movie, what would it be and why?

This one is tough! I would have to go with “Modern Family.” I love to watch the individual relationships and how they pair unlikely characters in plotlines. I think I would laugh non-stop.

Outside of work, I am passionate about …

My family, my friends, and the Denver Broncos. I am very blessed to have a big family that includes many close friends; they are the best part of my day. The second best part? Anything involving Bronco Country! I bleed orange and blue and am very lucky to be a part of a franchise that has had two of the best QBs of all time!

My eating habits are …

Carnivorous! I grew up in a “meat and potatoes” home where a meal isn’t a meal unless it includes meat. My favorite, you ask? STEAK!

If I could be someone for a day, I would be …

I can’t pick just one… Lucille Ball, Jackie O or Audrey Hepburn. All classy women who are as strong as they are beautiful.

The “secret sauce” that makes me who I am …

I love laughing. If I could laugh to the point of tears every day of my life, I would die a very happy girl. I’ve never had milk come out my nose though, but I’m still young!

One thing that makes me unique is….

I can see the humor in any situation. It’s there, I promise. I think that being able to “find the funny” has helped me though some very tough times. As I mentioned, I love to laugh and get those around me to laugh as well.

Guilty pleasure…

It’s hard to decide between “Clash of Clans” and “The Bachelor.” One is delightfully nerdy and the other is a train wreck for my viewing pleasure. My husband even enjoys one with me; I’ll let you guess which one!

Preparing your business for the next man-made disaster

Our friends at Boston University put together this infographic on man-made disasters—which includes theft, fraud and corruption—and the effects they have on businesses. One way to thwart insider fraud is to be sure that your business performs a risk assessment at least annually or more frequently. One aspect of the risk assessment should be whether or not your crucial business files are protected and can be recovered in the event of a man-made disaster. By backing up with Mozy you are ensuring that your files are encrypted locally during the initial backup process. Your encrypted files are sent through a secure SSL connection. Mozy then protects your data in Mozy’s world-class data centers, which have successfully completed the SSAE 16 Type 2 audit and are ISO 27001 certified. You’ve gotta ask yourself one question: Are your business files ready for a man-made disaster? Feeling lucky isn’t going to cut it.

This week in tech history – April 26th – May 2nd

April 26, 1970 World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is formally created with the goal to promote creative intellectual activity and for facilitating the transfer of technology.

April 27, 1965 Disposable diapers “Pampers” are patented by R.C. Duncan, bringing joy to anyone who had to clean a soiled cloth diaper.

April 28, 1932 Vaccine for a viral disease that wiped out 9% of the U.S. population in 1793 is released. The disease is Yellow Fever.

April 29, 1953 The first experimental 3D TV broadcast is shown on a Los Angeles station.

April 30, 1993 CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) announces that the World Wide Web will be free to anyone, starting the .com boom.

May 1, 1981 Radio Shack releases TRS-DOS 1.3, which replaces cassette tapes with disk files with a capacity of an astounding 89 kilobytes each.

Mzy 2, 2000 GPS, once authorized for military use only, is made available to everyone by authorization of U.S. President Bill Clinton.

Want to see more?  Check out our tech history infographic

References

http://www.on-this-day.com/onthisday/thedays/alldays/apr28.htm

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

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

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TRS-DOS

http://www.spacedaily.com/news/gps-00d.html

This week in history – April 12 – 18

Week 3 of our “This Week in tech History” covers new animals and allows us to see better.  See what happened in tech history between April 12 – 18

April 12, 1988 First patent for a new animal life form is issued for a genetically altered mouse. (like we need more species of mice)

April 13, 1743  Thomas Jefferson the third president of the United States and the inventor of  the pedometer, polygraph and the spherical sundial, is born.

April 14, 1956 Mark IV, the first videotape, is demonstrated.  The Mark IV replayed William Lodge’s speech moments after he finished astonishing the crowd.

April 15, 1924 Rand McNally publishes its first road atlas, a precursor to the modern-day GPS.

April 16, 1867 Wilbur Wright of the Wright brother’s fame is born near Millville, Indiana.

April 17, 1790 Benjamin Franklin, the inventor of bifocals and the lightning rod, passes away in his home in Philadelphia.

April 18, 1986 IBM becomes the first computer manufacturer to use a megabit chip, leveling the playing field between American computer makers and the Japanese electronics industry.

Want to see more?  Check out our tech history infographic

References:

http://www.historyorb.com/day/april/15

http://www.computerhistory.org/tdih/April/18/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Franklin#Death_and_legacy

http://www.biography.com/people/wilbur-wright-20672839#synopsis

My name is “Woody” and I work for Mozy

Steve, aka “Woody,” is a friend to all here at Mozy. Woody is a sales engineer and is based out of our London office. Because of his charisma, Mozy is proud to send him to all the corners of the earth to work with our partners in their journey to the cloud and cloud services. Here is a Q&A with Woody.

I define my workspace as…

Wherever I lay my laptop bag. Planes, trains and automobiles; otherwise, never more than 2 meters (6.5 feet) from a power socket.

A device I can’t live without….

A TV set with a sleep timer.

When I arrive at work, I typically start my day off by…

Downing a glass of cold milk and having a conversation about the weather (it’s usually more interesting than politics, less controversial than religion, and less fractious than sports).

How long have you worked for Mozy?

A little over six years.

I do/do not listen to music at work and it helps me work better because …

When I can and only if I’m not speaking with a customer. Anything with a fast tempo as it keeps me focused on the task at hand and prevents me from eavesdropping on interesting conversations.

If you could be in one TV sitcom or movie, what would it be and why?

I’d be a guest at “Fawlty Towers” (think Major Gowen), or I’d be Lord Flashheart in “Blackadder”!

Outside of work, I am passionate about …

Rugby, snow sports, and the beach.

My eating habits are …

Completely random. I like to make letters out of pretzels and spell funny words like “Wankel Rotary Engine.”

If I could be someone for a day, I would be …

Richard “Dickie” Branson

The “secret sauce” that makes me who I am …

If you can’t be passionate about what you do, then do something else.

One thing that makes me unique is….

Each of us is unique; no one thing defines us.

Guilty pleasure…

Using the hotel laundry service and not having to make the bed in the morning.

This week in tech history (April 5 – April 11)

See what happened in tech history on our second week of “This Week in Tech History”

April 5, 1964 - First driverless trains run on London Underground.

April 6, 1980 Post-it Notes are introduced.

April 7,  1896 Tolbert Lanston is issued a patent for the Monotype printing press.

April 9,1919 - John Presper Eckert, co-inventor of the first electronic computer-(ENIAC), is born.

April 10, 1930 - Synthetic rubber is first produced.

April 11, 1893 Frederic Ives patents the process for half-tone printing press.

Want to see more?  Check out our tech history infographic

References:

http://www.historyorb.com/day/april/5

http://inventors.about.com/od/todayinhistory/a/april.htm

http://www.historyorb.com/day/april/9

http://senselist.com/2006/10/27/12-things-thomas-jefferson-invented/

http://www.historyorb.com/day/april/10

http://inventors.about.com/od/todayinhistory/a/april.htm

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