In Pictures: Who came up with your least favourite tech buzzwords?

Some buzzwords evolve from the foam of language; others are invented in strokes of evil genius

Cloud computing The now-ubiquitous phrase cloud computing was thrust into the limelight when then-Google CEO Eric Schmidt, speaking at the Search Engine Strategies Conference, described what Google saw as the new model of business: "We call it cloud computing -- they should be in a 'cloud' somewhere." But the term is much older: in a series of meetings in late 1996, Compaq marketing exec George Favaloro and technologist Sean O'Sullivan came up not just with the phrase but a series of ideas that looked a lot like the modern cloud vision. They were building off the traditional use of a drawing of a cloud to represent the network in diagrams. O'Sullivan tried and failed to trademark the next year; his ahead-of-its-time company flopped.

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