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Back in 1995, a small group at Apple-the main developer of FireWire-set about designing a symbol that could accurately reflect the new technology they were working on. 

早在1995年,在Apple內的一個小團隊,也就是FireWire的主要開發者們,準備設計一個能準確反應他們正在開發的新技術的符號。

Originally intended as serial alternative to SCSI, FireWire’s main allure was that it promised high-speed connectivity for digital audio and video equipment. So designers opted for a symbol with three prongs, representing video, audio and data. 

原本打算替代串連的SCSI,FireWire的主要魅力是在他所承諾提供給數位音訊與影像設備的高速連線。因此,設計師選擇了一個有三個插腳的符號,代表影像、音訊與資料。  

Initially, the symbol was red, but was later altered to yellow for unknown reasons. 

最初,這個符號是紅色的,但是後來由於不明的原因被改為黃色。

via The Secret Histories of Those @#$%ing Computer Symbols