...it's only because we like cats
Eric C. and I cooked up a turnkey server facilitation business model at the turn of the millenium. It felt epic. But back in those days, we were geniuses if we got online every day. Eric eventually became a millionaire real estate tycoon on the back of his datbase-which-databases-itself. My path to success* was marked by less tangible touchstones... in other words I became a micro-marketing guru, and kept this almighty brand. Catomatic. Not coincidentally, we co-parented an adorable feline named Jasmine, and I kept her too.
Originally, the Catomatic logo was a Dunny rip-off, and this site lived at catomatic dot-net. The dot-com was inhabited by a Linux-bird cartoon. Are you out there, original catomatic.com owner? Do you come by when the lights are all out, and see what's about, yeah? It's okay if you do! (not that you need my permission, no Sir!)
Anyway, back to the matter at hand (or paw, if you will)... What does it all mean?...
Well, the concept centered around cats' uncanny ability to always land on their feet. No one considers cats beacons of invincibility, but if you can walk away from everything you try, well then maybe you can parlay that ability into a business model for clients who need help jumping down from a tree. That's not a great metaphor for web development, but what else do cats do?
cool side note:
Apparently, in Hiberno-English, catomatic means infuriatingly worthless. Official company policy is that Catomatic is Okay With That, even though neither founder has been to Ireland (yet).
In spite of our meager globe-trotting, we can read about Irish slang thanks to the intanetz. tl;dr: "Cat Melodeon," akin to a keyboardist hitting the wrong key = cat-o-matic. Not unlike Tom meyowling at 3AM (eternal).
This page says the slang comes from a county called Mayo. damn if mayo ain't tasty
"...the sound of a melodeon and that of a cat wailing..." video search for this too
What is cat melodeon? find out!