This celebrity goo was created by player Samir Mehta.
Scott Hardie provided the source image, gooed image, category, and difficulty, made minor changes to the clue provided by Samir, and wrote the explanation.

publication date: Thursday, May 22, 2008 (part of Round XXXIV)

category: Inventions

clue: This tech celebrity namesys a famous piece of storage software after himself and then likely killed his wife.

explanation: Reiser invented the program ReiserFS and founded the company Namesys. In 2008, he was convicted of murdering his wife. more…

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Justin Woods, Richard Slominsky, Matthew Preston, Joanna Woods, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Amy Austin, David Mitzman, Elliot Farney, Jerry Mathis, Scott Horowitz, Sarah Kyle, Walter Chesser, Shawn Brandt, Greg Bair, Jim Kraus, Allison Bair, JB Brenner, and Michelle Lager

trivia: Scott struggled with how to classify Reiser's goo. He first became famous as a software inventor, but gained much wider recognition after the murder investigation. Ultimately Scott decided that the case wouldn't have made many headlines unless Reiser was already famous in the software business, and Invention & Technology won out.


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