Project "Butthead Astronomer"
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Cog·i·ta·tion [koj-i-tey'-shun] – noun: Concerted thought or
reflection; meditation; contemplation.
Kirt [kert] – proper noun: RF Cafe webmaster.
firms code-name their products, particularly during development to protect
secrecy. SGI (Silicon Graphics), for example, used beer names, and would
donate free beer to employee functions for the duration of the product's
development cycle. In the early 1980s, Apple computer started naming
its computers after people, beginning with Steve Jobs naming the predecessor
to the Macintosh after his daughter, Lisa. During development of the
Power Macintosh 7100, they chose the internal code name "Sagan", in
deference to astronomer Carl Sagan. Much to Apple's surprise, Sagan
threatened a lawsuit of - $billions and $billions...(he must have been
PC user). Shocked and angry at the lack of gratitude, the code name
was renamed "Butthead
." Carl followed on with a libel lawsuit, claiming that
the "butthead astronomer" moniker is defamatory and subjects him to
"hatred, contempt, ridicule, and obloquy." Carl has since assumed cosmos