With a gracious shoutout from one of Ning‘s CEO, Gina Bianchini, I can officially confirm how they came up with a name for their webapp-cloning service, formerly 24 Hour Laundry’s project:

“We came up with it because it meant peace in chinese. That made it both short and sweet :-)”

Of course, this guy dubs it otherwise: The LoN(in)g Tail of Software. But we know whom to believe, don’t we?

And contrary to previous opinions, it is most definitely not dead. Try it out sometime; you might just find your superhero.

Footnote: Remember the mention of Bill Gates’s whine about not charging for software, paving the way for proprietary code? Its thirtieth anniversary just passed this February 3.