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All I Want for Christmas is my Bluetooth!


Image of Harald Blåtand in the Roskilde Domkirke


I actually have an excellent Bluetooth speaker that my son bought me for Christmas a couple of years ago. I plug it into my MacBook and listen to all kinds of music and it gives me a sound quality that is so much better than listening to music straight from the computer. I also have Bluetooth in my car I think, but haven’t gotten around to figuring out how to use it yet (three and a half years after buying the car!).


Did you know that Bluetooth technology is named after the 10th century King of Denmark and Norway, Harald "Blåtand" Gormsson? “Blåtand”, or Bluetooth, united different Danish tribes into a single kingdom and is also credited with having introduced Christianity to Denmark and Norway. The idea of applying the name to the new technology was proposed in 1997 by Jim Kardach who was reading Frans G. Bengtsson's historical novel “The Long Ships” at the time. I guess he felt that the new technology united different communication sources with one single, beautiful result, just like Blåtand did with the Danish tribes.

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