The meaning of Overdrive

new_English   Mon Mar 12, 2007 5:07 am GMT
I am reading a book entitled "Overdrive and the race to control cyberspace". But I don't know the meaning of "Overdrive" in this context.

My guess is that this is about "drive" or "passion" in the field of computer software industry. By adding "over" to the word "drive", the meaning is "more than just passion" or "driving very hard".

Any comments are welcome.

Thank you.
new_English   Mon Mar 12, 2007 12:13 pm GMT
Hello... anyone? Could you help me, please?
O'Bruadair   Mon Mar 12, 2007 1:34 pm GMT
Well I’m not exactly a linguist but I reckon I can answer this one.

The term “overdrive” comes from automobile transmissions. The overdrive is a device that allows the transmission to be “bypassed”. That is, when shifted into overdrive the drive shaft rotates at the same speed as the engine crankshaft. This gives the car a faster speed at the “top end” without blowing the engine (it gets better gas mileage too)

I can’t tell the specific context from what you wrote but I would assume that you are correct and that in this context it means "driving very hard" (or fast).
new_English   Tue Mar 13, 2007 4:24 am GMT
Thanks. Your explanation is understandable.

FYI, this book is about Bill Gates and his company, Microsoft. Microsoft's business is in software industry.
new_English   Wed Mar 14, 2007 10:11 am GMT
I hope that my guessing is not wrong....