Names which sound familiar...
You've heard of them before but it'll take you a moment to remember where they're from.
'No, you don't understand,' the White Knight said, looking a little vexed. 'That's what the name is called. The name really is "The Aged Aged Man."' 'Oh, do get on with it, you pedantic old weirdo,' snapped Alice crisply. Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll (1871), revised Verity Stob (2009) It started when we were all in …
I remember that quite a few years ago, I noticed a 'fashion' for calling servers by names of 'related things'. So you'd have groups such as iron, copper, steel..... or diamond, sapphire, emerald...
This has the advantage that the people who look after them are less likely to get attached to them (as techies do) and so will make level headed decisions about scrapping them when the time comes; instead of lovingly tending and nursing them against all common sense.
Town planners do often show limited imagination, as in the "Rosemary Walk led to Daffodil Hill, adjoining Poppy Lane and Lavender Avenue" example. Lincoln has a very literary area with adjacent streets named after (amongst many others) Swift, Coleridge, Lamb, Marlowe, Burns, Scott, Addison, Cowper, Chaucer, Shelley, Browning and Goldsmith. Even worse is the area of Leeds where there is Harlech Road, Harlech Mount, Harlech Ave, Harlech Grove, Harlech Terrace, Harlech Street and Harlech Crescent, followed by Trentham Row, Trentham Ave, Trentham St, Trentham Grove etc. I hope the postmen there get danger money!
Most of the things on my home network are named after Burgess Shale organisms: marrella and wixwia are my PAL and Japanese Wiis and yohoia is my printer. I've extended it further to my red ipod which is sanctacaris and my mobile phone is known to my computer as opabinia when it needs to download some photos for it. No danger of running out of names for quite some time!
A great guide. Our job at the theatre I work at is made simpler by a continuous and excellent source of server names - theatrical shows, as thus;
That was, until some bastard contractor came in and named our Citrix server 'Citrix'.
I was once asked to review a software application in wide use in an organisation. I was sent on a trip to the back of beyond to discuss it with the author/supplier of said application.
I was more than slightly discombobulated to find out that the 'name' of the programme was actually the name of '3GL' it was written in. The swine hadn't *even* named it. Needless to say he was a hippy/self-taught maestro. The application itself was famously pants and known to be so before I was sent off on the quest.
I did the 'due diligence' properly as befits a professional, but you don't need a social worker to know that a child named Bastard should be taken into care forthwith.
I already latched onto the need for a theme from day one. All the machines on my home LAN are named after recreational drugs (marijuana the router, heroin the laptop, cocaine the desktop, crystalmeth the dual-xeon media transcoding box, and so on). And when I run out of drugs, I'm going to start using explosives.
I always call my servers God2, God3, etc on the basis that they are omniprescent. Server-connected printers become God2s pencil, God2s crayon, etc and the router becomes God2s earpiece.
In a similar vein my personal PCs are always called Braincell2, Braincell3, etc on the basis that I've only got 1 left inside my own head!
Yes indeed, the Managing Director/Senior Partner/Supreme Dalek/whatever he's called himself this week could decide that all machine names shall be the names of proteins, not less than 40 characters long and quite improbably difficult to spell.
Mind you, if the office LAN-botherer spells 'logfile' with two G's, even 'keratin' might prove problematic.
If you've got a largish network, there's always the NATO designations for Soviet aircraft types.
* fighters started with "F" - Flanker,Flogger, Foxbat
* helicopters started with "H" - Hind, Helix, Hokum
* bombers started with "B" - Bear, Blinder, Backfire
Yeah, sad, I know :-)
The computer unit had a Gould mini-computer which was problematic at first. Whenever they brought it up, it went down. After a few repetitions, they called it Zebedee. The next one was slow, so that was Brian. Then came Dougal and Florence. The computer science department called theirs "csgould". No imagination!
When they were replaced with Sun boxen, the servers were given the names of mainline stations in London and the workstations named after the stations along the lines from those stations. I suspect the computer unit staff were train spotters...
Windows: Kiki (laptop), Zaza (PDA), Hector (Media PC).
Linux: Midge (netbook), Mungo (PC). When I set up a mail server, it'll probably be Pat. (Not Mary, I know too many Marys, who'd probably be annoyed with me!)
I name mine after actresses that i like, dependent on their performance and use.
My pimped up games machine is angelina jolie, she is fast, loud, runs hot, drinks power and chews through your resources.
My eee1000 for the Xp parition is gemma atkinson, cheap, lightweight and lacks real substance without much care and attention. (spyware, anti virus)
For the linux partition it's claire goose, perfect little package, does what it says it can and gets on with the job.
My linux shuttle for email and web browsing is kate beckinsale, homely, multi talented in a perfectly formed body and isn't a complaining and whinging freeloader. (Doesn't need to reboot, isn't loud, doesn't overheat)
My windows mobile phone was either lindsey lohan or amy winehouse depending on whenever active sync decides it needs to reinstall the connections because they have fallen over. Either one was talented and given such a chance of greatness only to ***k it all up. (MS's fault)
...and I'm not ashamed to admit it! I did have my servers at my last place named after characters from Norse mythology, but no-one could spell so it was a problem. My routers were named after Marx brothers but after Zeppo I had to use Karl, which segued nicely into Engels, Lenin, Trotsky...
At work, we use Greek letters for servers.
For PCs, they used to use the names of characters from the Simpsons, but I thought that was silly - so we started using elements (really pissed off the users that got Ununhexium & Praesodynium). Ran out of elements, so we now use countries, and am just waiting to find out which idiot, sorry poor fool gets "Democratic People's Republic of Congo" or "Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia".
My home network is really nerdy - I use the names of dragons from the Anne McCaffrey novels about Pern. It's quite useful for testing purposes as I can set-up the Active Directory using the names of the Holds, Halls & Weyrs for Organisational Units, and the main characters as users, with their role in the society as their Security group.
Yes, I REALLY need to get a life - and I'll start looking as soon as I've finished my cup of klah.
It was for the office in County Down and that was their naming convention. I told them it would just look bad and confuse the ops team but their attitude was that a policy was a policy so get on with it.
Personally I say name your computers and servers whatever you want to because it will make absolutely no difference.
If you are naming your home computers then the only reason for "clever" names is to try to impress people. Which it certainly won't.
At work your users will refer to their PC as "my PC" and not give a damn about the actual name and as for file servers they don't access stuff from "Gandalf" or "Spock" or "Filesrv01" or whatever they access shit from the "S" drive anyway.
freya - server
odin - my primary desktop
thor - my netbook - used to be my old desktop
heimdall - firewall/router - look it up to understand what it's meant to be doing
frigg - my mom's machine - fairly obvious once you read the meaning
baldr - my cell phone
loki - my UPS
Still need to name my myth box... atm it's just myth
Don't give servers names descriptive of their function.
For instance FinanceFilesOne, BackUpBox, SensitiveFiles, EmployeeRecs.
Security through obscurity although not a solution in itself does resist cluing up any potential hackers.
Could it be that this is such an obvious rule it was omitted?
I personally use characters from the tales of king Arthur on my home network.... Albion, Avalon, Uther, Gwain, Mordred etc. The exception is my missus' PC and laptop which are named Angus and LittleAngus respectively after the cat. The planets imho, are also a good source of computer names.
I started naming our little home network of OS/2 machines to remind us where they were:
Ollie (in the office) and Stan (in the store), and then we got our first laptop (Louie). But the next two desktop machines were christened Dewey and Huey.
Printers? Named by the youngest member of the family at the time, we have
Burt (the early-ish model HP 1200 which burps when it cycles its sleep mode)
Cargo (a Kyocera MFP-1118 for the heavy lifting)
Hippo the HP 2600N colour network laser (a large beast)
Other machines - a dual-boot OS/2-Windows laptop called Traal (the Bug-blatter beast of) and a Windows desktop without its own KVMs called Bernard (Woolley - employed by our resident Hacker).
OK OK, mine's the one with 'OS/2 PM Programming' in the pocket...
Cute is nice.. but when you have thousands of clients and hundreds of servers it just becomes stupid.
We just have:
The two letter TLD of the country the box is based in (e.g. UK, SE, HK)
A one letter resource type (S=server, D=desktop, L=laptop, P=printer)
A four digit number for PCs, a 3 digit number for servers plus a type identifier (e.g. SQL, FP, DC)
For example, UKD1234 is a UK desktop, PLS006SQL is a Polish SQL server, ITL0001 is an Italian laptop.
So I can tell at a glance what country a machine is based in, whether it's fixed or roaming and with servers there's a clue as to what it actually does. You can also sort lists of machines alphabetically and they automatically arrange themselves by country and type.
Yeah, it's a boring way to name things. But it makes life a helluva lot easier than being cute.
I used to use the names of elements as a naming scheme. Unix/Linux/OS X machines would start from Hydrogen and go upwards. Windows boxen would start with radioactive element names such as plutonium, uranium, etc. (as they are unstable and prone to decay). Problem was I ran out of radioactive element names too soon.
Good thing was you could use a long and short hostname, e.g.:
hydrogen.yourdomain.com & h.yourdomain.com
heilum.yourdomain.com & he.yourdomain.com
so you could do: ping h, ping na, etc.
(as long as the DNS was setup with the search domain correctly).
At UKC in the late 80s/early 90s, the VAX cluster sported planetary names (Jupiter, Saturn, Titan etc.) and the Unix boxen were birds (raven, hawk, eagle etc.). Dunno if the tradition carried on after the machines themselves died, though.
Just to back up the Blake's 7 meme, I always call my laptop Orac (well, it was supposed to be portable...)
Birds of prey (Eagle, Osprey, Owl, Hawk, Falcon, Vulture)
Astronomers (Galileo, Copernicus, Kepler, Halley, Huygens, Newton)
Egyptian gods (Osiris, Anubis, Seth, Ra)
Boring old numbers (svr-001, svr-002, ws-001, ws-001)
English Counties (Yorkshire, Hampshire, Devon, Cornwall)
Ships at Trafalgar (Victory, Agamemnon, Orion, Ajax)
WB Cartoon Character (Wylie, Daffy, Bugs, Elmer, Porky, Tweety, Sylvester)
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