06 April 2006

King Bluetooth

Bluetooth is named after a 10th century Danish Viking king called Harald Blåtand. Of course his name has been anglicised to Harold Bluetooth, which I find a bit silly. To me Harald is the name of a tough ravaging viking, while Harold is a middle aged semi-bald English guy sitting in an armchair with slippers on his feet, reading his newspaper while puffing away on a pipe (married to a woman called Maude).
No matter, Bluetooth was named so because Harald Blåtand through diplomacy convinced different factions to negotiate peace with each other, which probably made his job as king a bit easier, it's not always "Good to be the King".
This is what Bluetooth does for wireless connections between phones, computers, cars, headsets and what have you, it makes all those devices, that conform with the Bluetooth standard, negotiate and talk to each other making your life easier.
As soon as I start my car my phone is automatically hooked into the car-kit, I don't even have to remove the phone from my pocket. On the street you see people with bluetooth earpieces hanging in their ears, oblivious to how silly they look. It's nothing new though, Uhura from Star Trek had a bluetooth earpiece before anyone else.

Now I'm just waiting for people to wake up to the fact that the other wireless standards have also been named for Danish kings, namely the Triplet Kings; IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b and IEEE 802.11g.

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Harald Blåtand
IEEE 802.11


Michael Manning said...

Thomas: I don't miss my cell phone even though I'll be on one after I relocate--whenever that is? I do dislike driving behind people using them. Here in the US many states ban their use during driving, so many will go to a hands-free unit. Or how about being in the grocery store standing in line when some guy behind you yells into his phone: "Hello? Dick? Bob! No, I've just read the proposalk and the figures are lousy. No, no..I can't live with that". Truth be told, I can't live with such morons! Great post here!

Thomas Siefert said...

Yeah, it has been proven that people who drive and talk on mobile at the same time, drive like they are under the influence of alcohol. It is illegal but people insist on behaving like idiots.

It's just so rude when people are on the phone in shops while being served or as you say, just standing in line discussing everything from their work to their genital rashes...