Sunday, September 28, 2008

not an actual log


This actually makes me wonder where the term "log on" comes from. Thanks, Simon who spotted this at Warwick University in England.

3 comments:

john said...

best i can tell, it all began by throwing a log on a rope overboard and measuring how much rope was let out over x seconds to determine speed:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chip_log

they kept that information in the log book, or words to that effect, which then became a generic term for books of that kind. when you sign up to access something, you would sign in a log book, or "log in". the term stuck for digitally signing in.

thank you for making me learn.

-frequent-commenter-john

Alex said...

Wonder if calling "0" actually works

jcb9 said...

I also like how they want their guests to require an access code. Apparently, they're too lazy to require it themselves.