- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 26, 2006

I spent some time yesterday with Don F. McMahan, John Capurso and Danielle Cook of Visioneer, the scanning people, and learned a nice tidbit from Mr. McMahan, the executive VP of sales and marketing for the Americas at the firm:

If you have a scanner of some kind, you’ve probably run into the TWAIN driver, it’s now an industry standard for communications between computers and scanners and similar devices such as multi-function printers that also scan. Well, one might imagine — as I did — that “TWAIN” was somehow an homage to Mark Twain (a.k.a. Samuel L. Clemens), who was no slouch at coming up with manuscripts and words, all of which could be scanned.

Well, not really: “TWAIN” was a name coined by industry insiders who worked on the software, and it stands for — I kid you not — “Technology Without An Interesting Name.”

Nice to know in a world of focus groups and silver-plated market researchers, someone out there still has a sense of humor.


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