The true stories behind tech's strangest terms

You use words like "Bluetooth," "wiki" and "Wi-Fi" all the time, but do you know how those things actually got their names? You might be surprised to find out.

By , ITworld |  IT Management, bluetooth, nostalgia

So why's it called a cookie? Well, not because it's tasty. The most common explanation suggests the term was derived from the world of Unix. In Unix, a "magic cookie" refers to a chunk of data that's passed between two programs. See the resemblance?

As for how the word "cookie" originally came to be, that answer's a little more murky. Some have speculated that the tech-centric usage of "cookie" comes from the notion of leaving tiny crumbs behind, as you might do when eating an E.L. Fudge; others tie the term to the fortune cookie and its use of an embedded message within a neatly wrapped package.

Is anyone else getting hungry?

JR Raphael is a syndicated writer and cookie connoisseur (he prefers snickerdoodles over the digital variety). Follow him on Google+ or Twitter for more freshly baked tech musings.

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