How Did Browser Cookies Get Their Name?

One thing software developers do very well is name things. Typically, after an engineer gets done developing a piece of software or a concept, they look around for a name. Quite literally, they look around at objects that are sitting near them and adopt that as the name for their new widget. If you’ve been developing anything recently, you will see many funny names. For example, I had no clue this actually existed, but I searched for “bananajs” and guess what!? Github hosts a project called BananaJS. You get my point? We know that there are many funny names for libraries, but I’ve always been intrigued by that text file the browser uses to store data about your session, the Browser Cookie! How did browser cookies get their name?

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The 1997 Birth Of The Camera Phone

June 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the invention of the camera phone. That is, the sharing of a digital photo delivered via cellular phone. On that day, Philippe Kahn shared a photo of his new born daughter with about 2000 people.  The photo was uploaded to a server that Kahn had stored in his kitchen. At which point, it became available instantly to those included in an email list created by Kahn.

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