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Steve Jobs Originally Wanted Safari to Be Called Freedom

SafariJust as Steve Jobs originally (and dubiously) thought “Bicycle” was a good name for the original Macintosh or “MacMan” for the first iMac, the late Apple CEO almost went with the name “Freedom” for its Web browser. Former retired Apple programmer Don Melton writes on his blog that other names on the table included “Alexander” and “iBrowse,” but in the end Jobs chose “Safari.“ Melton says Jobs “started saying some names out loud — I suppose trying them out to see how they felt in his mouth and to his ears” and “Freedom” popped out of his mouth. While Melton isn’t sure who actually chose the name “Safari,” he quickly felt it was perfect for Apple’s first Web browser. “I liked the name,” writes Melton. “Really liked it. I was committed. I could imagine seeing ‘Safari’ in the Mac OS X dock.”

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Shelly Palmer is the host of NBC Universal’s Live Digital with Shelly Palmer, a weekly half-hour television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.