Thursday, July 17, 2014

Choosing a name

There are only two hard things in Computer Science: cache invalidation and naming things.
-- Phil Karlton

If that's true it's all down hill from here. I wanted to name both the device I'm building and the organization responsible for it. I first wanted something both "techie" and skydiving related like "Blue Skies". Combined searches on a domain name registrar and a name search of the Georgia Secretary of State was pretty discouraging. After a few hours I returned to one of my first ideas of "OpenSkies" and realized that by shortening it also became personally relevant. The last half of my last name is "osky". Of course I couldn't get the "dot com" of that, but as if to confirm the name I should choose for the device, I did find available and for a good price. Up to that point I was unsure if I wanted to give the project a name that specified the form factor I intend to implement. After all, this is Open Source software and hardware. Even though you could use this project to build a wrist altimeter or a purely audible altimeter, there is no product on the market that attempts to put an altimeter on your helmet and "in view" at all times. For that reason I've decided to name the first ever "completely open" skydiving altimeter, the OSky InView.

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