Origin of "glob
I'd been told that it was short for "Global Expression," but in the grand tradition when it got shortened initially to the obvious "ge" that wasn't really acceptable, ("General Electric? Greater Equal?") then the somewhat longer "globe" became, well, mistaken for something else equally obvious and incorrect so the "e" got dropped. I'm not sure about that one myself. "globe" seems OK to me, but what do I know from this point in time?
Using the Cache to Change the Width of Memory
On my web site, I had proposed a computer design which started out as a simple big-endian machine, say like a 68000 or a 360, but which added...
I'd also heard that the dropping of the "e" was in some way a reference to (perhaps poking fun at) the loss of the "e" at the end of "creat". I'd like to believe this one, because it's amusing, but you know how these things grow.
I've also heard a reference to the move "The Blob." The idea being that it takes a tiny command (say x*) and can expand it to cover a lot of files in a manner similar to the tiny initial blob covering a large area of the town in the movie. I don't find this one particular convincing either, but it's also rather amusing.
Yes, I'll be anxious to read what he's got to say.