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.


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:

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.


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.