I run across interesting things in Wikipedia all the time. I figured I’d share them with the 2-3 people that read my blog [sarcasm]. I’ve known this for a while but I wanted to post it since I did have a Public Service Announcement about my disdain for the damn blinking blue light on bluetooth headsets 🙂 –
From Wikipedia –
Bluetooth was named after a late tenth century king, Harald Bluetooth, King of Denmark and Norway. He is known for his unification of previously warring tribes from Denmark (including now Swedish Scania, where the Bluetooth technology was invented), and Norway. Bluetooth likewise was intended to unify different technologies, such as computers and mobile phones.
The name may have been inspired less by the historical Harald than the loose interpretation of him in The Long Ships by Frans Gunnar Bengtsson, a Swedish Viking-inspired novel.
The Bluetooth logo merges the Germanic runes analogous to the modern Latin letter H and B: (Hagall) and (Berkanan) merged together, forming a bind rune.