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McMick
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Post 2018-11-02 03:37   [Quote] 
For those of you not into the technological aspects of personal computers, this probably won't be as wonderful to know as for those who are. However, some of you may recall that back in 1995, Intel released a Pentium motherboard with the internal code name Zappa (the model was the "Intel Advanced ZP Expandable Desktop (ED) Baseboard" and featured the Intel Triton chipset).

After this motherboard, Intel switched to internal code names based on landmarks like towns and lakes and so on, and now I've found out why:

https://newsroom.intel.com/editorials/sandy-bridge-breaks-the-mold-for-chip-codenames/

To quote the article, "...it was the success of an Intel Advanced/ZP motherboard codenamed “The Zappa” that contributed to the policy change to geographic names. The internal naming party ended soon after the very external Frank Zappa estate got wind of an “Intel Zappa” that was written about by media covering the now-defunct Comdex tradeshow. The estate, according to reports, wasn’t too pleased, prompting Intel’s legal department to step in."

So I figured that deserved a mention here. OK, you can go back to being non-nerds again if you wish.

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Post 2018-11-02 08:28   [Quote] 
Nerds?

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Post 2018-11-02 09:54   [Quote] 

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Post 2018-11-02 10:06   [Quote] 
Oh, nerds....

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Post 2018-11-02 14:42   [Quote] 
McMick wrote:
The internal naming party ended soon after the very external Frank Zappa estate got wind of an “Intel Zappa” that was written about by media covering the now-defunct Comdex tradeshow. The estate, according to reports, wasn’t too pleased, prompting Intel’s legal department to step in."


So the reason they only use geographic place names now is because of Gail's post-FZ infamous and often irrational litigiousness. Hmmmm..... who'd have thunk?

And this is an example of her/the ZFT going way overboard, isn't it? I mean, it's not like Intel was out marketing "Come buy the new ZAPPA processor!" It's a name used only internally, as I understand. How the hell could the suit even claim that Intel is illegally profiting off the Zappa name?

Gail is always tough nut to digest when considering FZ's imprint on the world. She's either a widow understandably fiercely protective of her late husband's legacy, or she's a mentally ill person flippantly suing anyone for frivolous reasons.

This would seem to be the latter.

And I bet the Alex Winter doc will do nothing to shed light on this dichotomy.
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Post 2018-11-02 20:50   [Quote] 
Great stuff, thanks for posting.

I hope the Winter doc surprises. All the best always do.
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Post 2018-11-02 23:06   [Quote] 
Zappa inside.

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Post 2018-11-02 23:59   [Quote] 
Thanks McMick, I didn’t know that.
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Post 2018-11-03 05:43   [Quote] 
They went beyond just using it as an internal codename, though. They used it when talking to vendors at very least, because I specifically remember seeing it in the back of an electronics catalog way back then and wishing I could afford to buy it. The ad specifically mentioned (with quotation marks and all) that it was the "Zappa" motherboard. So they must have been kicking that term around quite a bit for it to acquire that kind of widespread usage. Maybe they used it when they mentioned it to the press and it took off from there, I don't know.

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Post 2018-11-03 13:00   [Quote] 
I remember seeing it advertised in computer magazines and badly wanted to get one. Never did though.

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Post 2018-11-03 14:41   [Quote] 
PaulusS wrote:
I ... badly wanted to get one..

Yes, a desktop PC complete with Mothersboard and CSU (Central Scrutinizing Unit...)

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father-0blivion wrote:
PaulusS wrote:
I ... badly wanted to get one..

Yes, a desktop PC complete with Mothersboard and CSU (Central Scrutinizing Unit...)

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Post 2018-11-04 02:29   [Quote] 
Hey, this is something for "Zappa around The World":
http://www.zappateers.com/bb/viewtopic.php?p=361599#361599


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Post 2018-11-04 18:24   [Quote] 
Pittylabelle wrote:
Hey, this is something for "Zappa around The World":
http://www.zappateers.com/bb/viewtopic.php?p=361599#361599

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