Error 404--Not Found
From RFC 2068 Hypertext Transfer Protocol -- HTTP/1.1:
10.4.5 404 Not Found
The server has not found anything matching the Request-URI. No indication is given of whether the condition is temporary or permanent.
If the server does not wish to make this information available to the client, the status code 403 (Forbidden) can be used instead. The 410 (Gone) status code SHOULD be used if the server knows, through some internally configurable mechanism, that an old resource is permanently unavailable and has no forwarding address.
Somewhere between the geekiness of the late 1980s and the greediness of the late 1990s, technology turned "cool." In the national consciousness, George Jetson was replaced by Max Headroom; Mad Max superceded by the Matrix (though a leather-clad Mel Gibson, no matter how sweaty, will always remain cool to some of us. Mel, if you're reading this, feel free to e-mail me).
The network industry was suddenly where the rich, hip and happening folks hung out. The type of marketing genius that had previously gravitated to, say, the small appliance industry or car manufacturers moved in on technology. True, I never understood all of their ploys, such as mass consumer advertising. (Why run a Super Bowl ad for a $100,000 server or a $25,000 router? Do the masses really shop for such products like they shop for beer? Do the masses shop for high-end network gear at all?)
But those hip marketing minds do deserve applause for overhauling how technology products are named. Seems to me that engineers, with their love of numbers, apparently ran the product-naming show for many a year. So you had your IBM 650, your Wang VS-16000 850 and let's not forget your Cisco 2500. The whoopee naming innovation in those days was random capitalization and/or punctuation combined with the wild abandonment of spaces between words (like the IBM AS/400 or Digital Equipment's OpenVMS ).
But when technology became cool, so did a slew of product names.
Respondents named IDS product Beadwindow (from the same-named vendor) as the favorite clever product name. You've got to do a little intellectual digging to "get" the wittiness here. Beadwindow is a military code word for when a radio operator has reliable information from a friendly source that the enemy has breached the radio network. Clever, but complicated. More to the point is IDS product Manhunt, created by Nexland and acquired by Symantec, with one respondent suggesting, "I bet they would sell more to IT geeks if they called it Womanhunt."
Other names that respondents said were among the industry's best are, in no particular order: StrokeIt, an open source advanced mouse-gesture recognition program; Skype, an open source Internet telephony product; Kill A Watt, a power-monitoring device from Convenient Gadgets; and Ethereal, an open source real-time network protocol analyzer.
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