According to AMD, we're about to set sail for the Northern Islands on Bulldozers powered by Fusion. And Intel will build us a Sandy Bridge if we would like instead. Computer and project naming has a weird history, and it can be a tad confusing at times. AMD and Intel aren't the only ones: many a software vendor also loves to use codenames.I remember back to my high school days and the top AMD CPU was an x86 chip known as the AMD Athlon (how many of us thought Athalon?).\u00a0 Among the Athlon\u2019s predecessors\u00a0 was the K6-III chip, which was part of a group named after dinosaurs from The Land Before Time (the code name for K6-III was "Sharptooth"). And after the Athlon,\u00a0 the newer chips also had codenames\u00a0 came out based on themes.\u00a0 different names: Palomino and Thoroughbred were, obviously, based on\u00a0 horses, but then came Barton (a popular British name), along with Thorton (a Barton that ran like a Thoroughbred). Then came the Athlon 64 chips: first named "Hammer", then later after cities.\u00a0 I guess the codename folks ran out of cities, because AMD\u2019s current line is called Phenom.AMD acquired ATI a few years ago: pre-AMD, ATI products were a named somewhere between marketspeak and code numbers (Wonder\/Mach\/Rage, now Radeon and Fire). Radeon products that were mostly developed pre-acquisition are R#'d (R100-700). The current lineup is called Evergreen: with Juniper, Cedar, Hemlock, and Redwood as members.Intel has more recently gotten into the creative code-name game, too.\u00a0 Most of Intel\u2019s CPUs\u00a0 of the last 40 years are descended from the 8008 CPU: the 8086 CPU giving us the standard x86 architecture; x85 microcontrollers; x87 math coprocessors; an 8089 that did control tasks. Mid-90s, the names started to get a tiny bit more creative, with the Pentium (regular, II, and III) chips.\u00a0 But codenames grew a little more creative from 2000 onward.\u00a0 The Pentium 4 codenames came from cities, all of them in Oregon (Willamette\/Northwood\/Prescott\/Cedar Mill).\u00a0 Intel has a large chip design\/fab in Oregon \u2013 were the names inspired by designers\u2019 home towns?The current chips (Core microarchitecture) split its codenames between Anglo and Israeli design teams: hence there are names such as Conroe, Allendale,\u00a0 (towns in Texas and South Carolina, respectively) and Yonah (a transliteration of the Hebrew pronunciation of Jonah \u2013 yeah, the one with the whale), and Merom (town in Indiana).\u00a0\u00a0 I mentioned Sandy Bridge earlier \u2013 a creative departure from Intel\u2019s love of towns. It apparently was going to be just "Bridge" but there's supposedly an Israeli political group with that name.\u00a0 But creativity ran dry after the Sandy Bridge because\u00a0 Intel Atom chips are named after assorted American small towns (Silverthorne\/Lincroft\/Diamondville\/Pineview).I would be remiss if I didn't point out the assorted names Microsoft has used for Windows. Codenames date back to at least Windows 3.1, aka Janus (though you could add "Wolverine" TCP\/IP to it). Windows NT was just "NTOS" until 3.5, aka Daytona. Windows 95 and 98 were respectively named Chicago and Memphis; no direct relation to Daytona. Technology from Project Cairo was implemented in 95 and NT 4.0, also called Cairo.Some of the best codenames came from aborted projects: Nashville\/Cleveland; Neptune; and Odyssey. Windows 2000 had no codename (its Itanium version reused the Janus monkier). The successors of Windows 2000 are named in regards to the Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort of British Columbia: Whistler being XP, Blackcomb being 7, and Vista being a bar in between. (An operating system named after a bar? Maybe that explains it.) Let\u2019s not forget Longhorn for Windows Server 2008 and Vienna for Windows 7.Another curve: because of quirks in driver development, Windows 7 is treated as Windows 6.1 (5.0 being 2000, 5.1 XP, and 6.0 being Vista). Windows Home Server is modified from existing builds: the current one is called Quattro (an Italian reference recalling Vienna?), the pending one Vail (back to the ski-resort motif).I've seen grief expressed on Reddit and Slashdot regarding the community forking of Sun-Oracle's StarOffice (paid) \/ OpenOffice.org (free) into LibreOffice.\u00a0 That\u2019s a lot of names for a project but it\u2019s still not as confusing as trying to build a computer \u2013 remember when 3.5" floppy disks were called hard drives?