Origin of the Term Firewall

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I was wondering to myself why we use this term firewall, to describe security software.

What is the origin of the term firewall? I don't want you to use google but post in this thread if you know its origin.

I'll give you some steam trading cards.
 
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We have a lot of "exciting" sounding terminology which exists in computing for some reason.

The term "virus" is quite frightening for example!
 
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It comes from the ancient Roman translation of 'igneous rock' which they shipped all over the place to fortify their city battlements as it's so goddamn hard.

Useless facts for the win \o/
 
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I'll have a guess.
All those fires in forests are stopped by firewalls which are actually trees that are cut down so the fire can't spread.

Now can I Google?

And Arknor, WIKI is cheating.
 
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I knew cars had firewalls before I went to the wiki

Quick, tell Ferrari!

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Firewall is a wall used to keep a fire in a certain area or from spreading to other areas (like your PC). Yeahhhhh, maybe.
 
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It comes from the ancient Roman translation of 'igneous rock' which they shipped all over the place to fortify their city battlements as it's so goddamn hard.

Useless facts for the win \o/

Lol..notsureifserious.

Firewall is simply a partition erected to stop the spread of fire between structures. It dates back to the mid 18th Century.
 
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It's from a medieval method of reinforcing the wall of a building. Daub mixed with crushed stone is loaded into a device like a large crossbow - larger than a single-person crossbow but smaller than a ballista - and fired at the wall to be reinforced, quickly adding an extra layer. It was particularly useful for larger walls because it removed the need for scaffolding to be erected. Cement was used by instead of daub if the people knew how to make cement.



This thread reminds me of Call My Bluff.
 
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It's from a medieval method of reinforcing the wall of a building. Daub mixed with crushed stone is loaded into a device like a large crossbow - larger than a single-person crossbow but smaller than a ballista - and fired at the wall to be reinforced, quickly adding an extra layer. It was particularly useful for larger walls because it removed the need for scaffolding to be erected. Cement was used by instead of daub if the people knew how to make cement.



This thread reminds me of Call My Bluff.

Your bluff is called....

Good story though...:D
 
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