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Demonic Longhorn

Look at the logo for Windows Longhorn:

Doesn't it remind you of a demonic symbol of some sort?  It makes me think of the Mayans or something.

I wonder wonder how they came up with that name? Here is a page from a site about Pagan Magick and Wiccan religion: It talks about cattle as currency and sacrifices.  Maybe Microsoft is hoping that this will be their next "Cash Cow".

Another interesting bit I found on a page containing instructions for How to Prepare a Drinking Horn (search for Longhorn):

"For rituals where a full horn is passed around a large circle, however, a big horn is preferred; likewise, if you follow the Norse custom of sharing a horn between pairs of friends at feasting, a larger horn is better - as shown in the passage from Orkneyinga saga ch. 66, in which the problem of sharing a horn that is too small serves as an omen to the spae-wise Sveinn Breast-Rope that he and his namesake Sveinn Ásleifarson are doomed to a deadly struggle that night."

And here is one more noteable quote that I found during my research:

"The real problem Microsoft has isn't with its technology (my XP hasn't crashed in months) but with its market positioning. It clearly has the worst PR of any company anywhere (unless you consider WorldCom or Enron)."

I don't know, mixing animals and computers just seems weird to me.

Thursday, May 8, 2003

Go Texas!

Matt Christensen
Thursday, May 8, 2003

If I'm remembering correctly, Longhorn was named after a popular restaurant that Microsoft employees hang out at.  The symbol for the restaurant and the OS, is a cow's head, because that's what a longhorn is.  No pagan rituals involved.

Thursday, May 8, 2003

That's so boring :)

Thursday, May 8, 2003

Perhaps "Somebody" is thinking of BurgerMaster?  That was one of the key data structures in the first version of Windows.

Mitch & Murray (from downtown)
Thursday, May 8, 2003

I think this is it.

Just FYI, Whistler summary:
1. Some of the best skiiing in North America, but not as good as Colorado's best (Vail, Steamboat).
2. The pushiest and rudest SOB's you've ever got into a fist fight with in a lift line.
3. The most expensive accomodations anywhere.  $440/night for a Holiday Inn-like room, 2 queen size beds.

Nat Ersoz
Friday, May 9, 2003

Shot down too fast to be collected with the other series of 'brands that were evil', nice try though.

The other brands that come to mind are...

Marlboro  (You find KKK if you look at the pack and tear it open just right.

Mozilla's Star  a Communist conspiracy to steal the breath from good Americans.

Simon Lucy
Friday, May 9, 2003

Nat, you've never been skiing in Bavaria, have you?

Friday, May 9, 2003

Hmmmm....Maybe it's just because I'm a Texan, but I don't see anything unusual or cryptic in the logo or the name.


Mark Hoffman
Friday, May 9, 2003

It's exactly the same thing with parent complaining their kids are learning witchcraft by reading Harry Potter. It's nothing more than it's supposed to be, there's no satanic message in Harry Potter. There's satanic message in Longhorn.

Application Specialist
Friday, May 9, 2003

What crap!

Friday, May 9, 2003

>Doesn't it remind you of a demonic symbol of some sort? 
>It makes me think of the Mayans or something.

Gosh, the Mayans worshipped demons?  I always thought that they just had one of the richer polytheistic theocracies next to the Egyptians....silly me.

Friday, May 9, 2003

And in one paragraph Chas has shown that he is the biggest geek in the room. :)

Kool-Aide Drinker
Friday, May 9, 2003

I love conspiracies. But where do the aliens fit in? What about the 7 jewish ladies and the super computer? Oil companies? Nazis? Carlyle Group? Bildebergs? TIA?

I mean come on let's work this one for all it's worth!

Friday, May 9, 2003

Project name for XP - Whistler
Project name for OS after XP - Blackcomb

Too many features in Blackcomb, so they decided to do an interim release, and code-named it Longhorn (the pub/restaurant immediately between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains in Whistler, BC).

Friday, May 9, 2003

I'm not sure if I can fit this into the chart:

might take some tweaking.

Ian Stallings
Friday, May 9, 2003

Goes to show what those Microsofties know - there are many much better pubs in Whisler than The Longhorn (put it this way, none of the locals ever go there).

As for the fist fights in the lift lines - I've skiied at Whistler a lot (I used to live there) and have never seen anything like that. Maybe it just happens when people discover that there's a Microsoftie in the lift line ("Hey people this guy was on the MS Exchange team!", "Beat the infidel!").

Friday, May 9, 2003

Sorry Rob, that was not a stab at the locals. 

I think they fly in from New York, Connecticut and Joisey, and they treat the line like rush hour (let the record show I commuted from Philly to Teterboro for a year).  Best to get up the mountain early and stay up.

There, hope I pissed everyone off.

As for your hyposthesis... it could happen.,.

Nat Ersoz
Friday, May 9, 2003

It looks more like a stylised version of a combination of known patterns used on shields by ancient Athenian hoplites in about 600-400 BC (the bull's head and star pattern).

Beware the Minotaur...

Monday, May 12, 2003

Oh, come on! It's evident it's an evolution of Quake symbol.

Monday, May 12, 2003

Looks like the skullbone of some DLC to me.

Just me (Sir to you)
Monday, May 12, 2003

> Oh, come on! It's evident it's an evolution of Quake symbol.

Nah, the Euro symbol is the evolution of the Quake
symbol (turn 90 degrees) :-)

Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Jordache Jeans.


Silver Spurs restaurant.
Tuesday, May 13, 2003

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