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Wait, we were established in 1999. You're a young fella!
And yes, I came up with the name. :)
At the time, we were "The Hottest PC Hardware Tested And Burned-In"... Now we're the Hottest Tech, Tested And Burned In
2 : major items of equipment or their components used for a particular purpose <educational hardware>: as
a : military equipment
b : the physical components (as electronic and electrical devices) of a vehicle (as a spacecraft) or an apparatus (as a computer)
3 : an award (as a trophy, medal, or cup) given in a sports competition
I remember those days...lol and the IRC channel that some of the forum users were on.