In my last entry about Platypus/Gdrive, I forgot to mention an interesting tidbit I came across. I went to Google's Official Blog page and typed Platypus into the search box to see if anyone had ever mentioned it, not expecting anything. But I got this: The Platypus of the Internet posted by "Tech Lead" Justin Voskuhl.
The July 2005 entry is NOT about GDrive. It's about the XUL programming language used to create Firefox. (Justin seems to be mostly involved with Firefox over at Google.)
In his entry, he starts off marveling about the strange things, like a Platypus, natural selection can produce in nature: "How could something with such a seemingly discombobulated set of attributes be fit for survival in the hostile natural world?" he asks.
When the Platypus was first discovered and a dead one brought back from Australia for scientists to see, many thought it was a hoax, sewn together with parts from different animals -- like a duck's bill, an otter's body and a beaver's tail.
Perhaps that's why GDrive got the code name (your suggestion, Justin?)? Platypus is CPU power. It's data storage. Its stores data locally and remotely, keeping the two in synch. It's a backup system. It's a collaboration tool. But it's designed for survival in the Internet Age.
I think that's cool.