Roman numeral X. Arabic numeral one followed by a zero. The mathematical sequence 1 0. The number ten. My favourite number.
The house that I was born in and raised in was number 10. I lived there for 22 years before moving out to rent a series of flats. Seven years ago I bought my first house. By total coincidence, it too was number 10.
I’m a computer scientist and work with the binary number system on a daily basis because, well, that’s the number system computers understand . Binary numbers are comprised of only 2 digits: zero and one. This is in contrast to decimal numbers that are comprised of 10 digits: zero, one, two… all the way up to nine. So again, the zero and one play a pivotal role in my life.
The number “10” in binary represents the number “2” in decimal (I’ll explain how to count in binary in some future post). Two is also a great number. Two is a couple. Two is symmetrical. A lot of life is arranged in twos: legs, arms, eyes, ears, kidneys, hemisphere’s of the brain. Two is better than one. There’s always a backup!
Of course, the letter “X” is also the coolest letter in the alphabet. It’s mysterious and secret and sexy and it’s always used for cutting edge stuff, such as X-Factor and XBox and X-Men. Throw an “X” after a dull name and it’s now cool. Draw the “X” in italics and it’s cooler still. :)
So when it came time to name our company, me and my partner settled on the name “ModX Software”. “X” for all the reasons above, and “Mod”… well that’s a story for another day.