Xbox, Microsoft’s gaming console, was originally named DirectX Box, a nod to their DirectX graphics technology. This was shortened to just ‘Xbox’, which didn’t sound right legally! However, it won over ‘Midway’, ‘WEP’ (Windows Entertainment Project), ‘VERY’, ‘MARZ’ and other suggested names.
John Wainwright was Amazon's very first customer. He bought Douglas Hofstadter's "Fluid Concepts And Creative Analogies: Computer Models Of The Fundamental Mechanisms Of Thought" for $27.95. John has retained the book along with the packing slip (from April 1995) and hopes Jeff Bezos would buy it one day for loads of money! [more...]