“I’m having a love affair with this operating system”

8 Nov

Lately I’ve been hearing way too much about tablets because Stephen has decided that’s what I’m getting him for Christmas. The one he wants was supposed to be launched tomorrow, but is being delayed until December because of Ice Cream Sandwich. Yes, “ASUS Transformer Prime reportedly pushed to Dec for Ice Cream Sandwich” is a legit headline. Anyone who doesn’t know about Android’s naming system would have so many questions. I have so many questions… namely, what kind of name is Ice Cream Sandwich for an operating system?!

According to Wikipedia, “each version is developed under a code name based on a dessert item. The code names were released in alphabetic order: Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich.”

Cupcake I can understand because cupcakes are huge right now and everyone loves cupcakes. “Donut” is pushing it, but “Eclair” and “Froyo” have nice rings to them and don’t immediately make you think of food. Honeycomb makes sense because of the layout on the screen. But Ice Cream Sandwich? I can’t go for that (no can do). For one, the name is entirely way too long. Why not just ice cream? Or a cooler-sounding dessert name, like tiramisu or creme brulee? Creme brulee is good enough that “ASUS Transformer Prime reportedly pushed to Dec for Creme Brulee” sounds believable because creme brulee is difficult to cook exactly right, so there’s often a delay before it’s ready. But you can get a pack of ice cream sandwiches for $1 or so, right? It seems the cool tech kids call it ICS, which sounds like it could be an operating system, like OS X. Just don’t ask anyone what ICS stands for.

On a final note, whenever I think of ice cream sandwiches, I think of this:



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