Sunday, February 24, 2008 10:17:06 PM
Astute readers noticed that in the interview with Digi.no, one of the photos of my office contained what we affectionally call the Dragonflyer. The photo is a bit blurry to see the URL, but it is pretty easy to guess.
So what exactly is Opera Dragonfly? I wont say quite yet, but I do think that, in my opinion, it is the most important project we have on going at the moment, and probably since I've been at the company. It wont directly affect everybody, but will hopefully become invaluable for those that it does. We'll likely have more to say about it at SxSW in Austin Texas.
Dragonflys inspire a number of things. It is the name of a US reconnaissance aircraft - the A-37 Dragonfly and a superheroine in AC comics. It is also a song by Swedish rocker Yngwie Malmsteen, and a Blondie song on the album The Hunter.
Dragonflies are predators that are capable of hovering, followed by rapid acceleration, that is similar to the speed of some birds. Wikipedia says that
It is said in some Native American beliefs that dragonflies are a symbol of renewal after a time of great hardship. They are used in traditional medicine in both China and Japan.
In Japan dragonflies are symbols of courage, strength, and happiness, and they often appear in art and literature, especially haiku. In ancient mythology, Japan was known as Akitsushima, which means "Land of the Dragonflies". The love for dragonflies is reflected by the fact that there are traditional names for almost all of the 200 species of dragonflies found in and around Japan. - Wikipedia