Saturday, July 30, 2005

Do you Yahoo???

The two founders of Yahoo! are David Filo and Jerry Yang.

Yahoo! first resided on Jerry Yang's student workstation, "Akebono," and the search engine was lodged on David Filo's computer "Konishiki." Just in case you do not know, these are the names of legendary Hawaiian sumo wrestlers.

In early 1995 Marc Andressen, co-founder of Netscape Communications, invited Filo and Yang to move their files over to the larger computers housed at Netscape and "Jerry's Guide to the World Wide Web" was christened Yahoo!

Yahoo! launched a highly-successful IPO in April 1996 with a total of 49 employees.


The word "Yahoo" was invented by Jonathan Swift for the Travels.
He and his friends used the word among themselves while Swift was writing he book, appearing in their correspondence.

In part IV of the Travels - Houyhnhnm Land, Gulliver initially mistakes the Yahoos for beasts, or cattle, since they are so repulsive in appearance and action. Eventually he concludes they are human, possibly descended from a pair shipwrecked long ago. Once Gulliver determines humans and Yahoos are the same, he begins to call all people "Yahoos."

The First Smiley

On September 10, 2002 Scott Fahlman introduce to the first time, the use of smiley on CMU CS general bboard and was retrieved by Jeff Baird from an October 1982 backup tape of the spice vax (cmu-750x).

Here is Scott's original post:

19-Sep-82 11:44 Scott E Fahlman :-)
From: Scott E Fahlman
I propose that the following character sequence for joke
Read it sideways. Actually, it is probably more economical to
things that are NOT jokes, given current trends. For this, use


Larry Page and Sergey Brin begin work on a search engine called BackRub, named for its unique ability to analyze the 'back links' pointing to a given website. The search engine was soon renamed 'Google', and Google Inc. opened its doors on September 7, 1998.