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)
I reinstalled my home machine recently and went for "PC". Sorry. But before that it was "ABBOT" (I had a lot of ale-powered technology) and the description was "the heat generating monster", as that was appropriate. It gave me a sense of pleasure when I went to, as Windows put it, "shut down the heat generating monster"!
We don't have lack of imagination at work though, e.g. using the characters from Rainbow. However, naming the hundreds of nodes in the cluster proved too much. Any suggestions?
PS. Verity - I like what you write, but you can go on a bit...
Brighton University, way back in the mists of time had a server called SnowWhite. There were seven sun boxes connected to it named after the dwarves.
The DCs at the place where I work atm are called Earth Wind and Fire, but prior to that I think there was an attempted to go for an Arthurian naming scheme.
Helicopter just because.
...named their servers after dictators. It was a psychiatric practice.
Lenin never would talk to Trotsky (seriously).
Girls, don't name your root drive in Linux after yourself!
"LaeMi has been mounted 43 times without being checked." is not so good, and "LaeMi was not cleanly unmounted, check forced." sounds a good deal worse :-(
Presently I am calling my home rig "System". I can't think of anything good and would rather something boring to something bad.
I find that the Final Fantasy games are a pretty inexhausible supply of names.
Unix machines are baddies (iSCSI server is Kefka, web is Zeromus, vmware is Gestahl, etc.)
Windows machines are player characters (Vista and Win7 are FF6, XP is FF5)
Macs are named after FF7 characters - because FF7 is for fruity little girls. I quite enjoyed putting Aeris downrange of the business end of an AK47....
Other devices are recurring random encounters (Cactuar, Tonberry) and other random encounters.
We started off using items from Burger Kings menu at the time...
Whopper, Twister etc etc Easy to remember but dam made you hungry all the time...
Home machines are named afer Gen1 Original Transformers... Primus (firewall), Unicron (router), Cybertron (Test bed server) etc etc
All the new machines at work are named after characters from Ghost in the Shell, so I've got Kusunagi, Aramaki, etc, etc, and all my machines at home are named after ships of the line from Babylon 5, eg Achilles, Agamemnon, Pollux, etc.*
*These later ones are obviously named after other things in turn.
Had a set of machines called:
And some others. I can't even be sure this list is accurate, but the point is that the manager had them all changed when he found out they were all objects that had been found up someone's arse.
FWIW, I've used types of ship at successive companies: 'cargo' for the fileserver, 'ferry' for the firewall, 'barque', 'brig' etc. for big workstations, down to 'launch', 'cutter', 'rib' for laptops and SFF boxes. They have the advantage that they are short, mostly easy to spell and seemingly there's an inexhaustible supply of them ("flyak"?)
My private network is indeed based on character names from the Lord of the Rings. Gandalf, Frodo, Sam, Merry, etc.
I've also seen stars (orion, caspar, pollux, etc...), capital cities (HongKong, Amsterdam, Oslo), and frequently the "identify at a glance" setup as above where the server names are built up out of geographical indicators of where to actually find a PC.
(Posted anonymously, for the obvious reasons that follow...)
...my dear brother-in-law asked me to do installation of a routing Linux server, Linux mini-laptop (this was before Asus EEE and similar), and a Linux/Windows desktop for his home network.
I asked, "How do you want me to name these?"
He said, "Whatever you like, I don't care."
And thus the outgoing server was named hentai.
The cute mini-laptop was yuri.
The desktop was known as yaoi.
You're now free to google what these names mean, but I advice not to do it at work or anywhere with sensitive souls around you with a potential eye for the screen.
I'm obviously very lacking in the imagination quotient as this has never occured to me, computers in my home domain are named after function: my Main PC is MainPC, the Server is Server, the HTPC in the living room is HTPC, the one in the bedroom is BedroomHTPC, the extension is ExtHTPC, the laptop Laptop, tablet Tablet, windows mobile Mobile and the girlfriends PC is named after her.
At the office they're named simply after there asset tags. Maybe I should flex the ol' head next time.
In an old job, we used elements. My desktop was 'rb'. Because 'Rob', obviously. I resent the potential implication that I'm poisonous, explosive and slightly radioactive. Fortunately, it was a small company...
At home, our various wireless networks have been named after unpleasant politicians.
Trust me, afer the first 100 servers it all gets a bit too much and you actually start naming them to a format, for instance
What they do (4 letters)
their address (3 digits plus three letters for the city address)
their country (2 Letters...thank you international naming standards)
a number (2-3 digits to tell them apart from all the other servers doing the same thing at teh same site)
so your IIS Webserver at 233 Marmaduke St Swindon, UK being the 3rd IIS server you've installed is called WEBS233MSSUK03
We've delivered networked systems to customers in various cities round the world and always tried to make the names vaguely relevant, so we'd normally choose things like station or suburb names. So systems for Tokyo would get random subway station names. Makes it a pain when you have to remember how to spell the name when you want to remotely connect to Ikebukuro...
I have a simple naming scheme for any LAN I set up. I simply pick a Shakespeare play and name the machines after characters. If I run out, I move on to another - preferably related - Shakespeare play.
My home network is currently sporting names from 'Cymbaline.' Work is a mixture of the various histories (Richard, Henry etc..) and a local design studio, whose network I set up recently as a favour, are using Midsummer Night's Dream. Yes, there is a "Bottom"
Been using the same naming convention for years - well, except for that bodged-up Win Server 2003 that I wound up having to completely rebuild from scratch because the original installers were a bunch of morons. That was and still is called 'bastard.'
...once called up for help. Her PC had issued an error and the memory dump in base64 started with the letters VLAD7J which she then tried to read out over the phone. Thus the PC became known as Vlad the Impaler and all her subsequent PCs were officially named Vlad too.
Sorry. Not that interesting.
I recommend Terry Pratchett character names for computers.
Greebo, Gaspode, Luggage (for a netbook, of course), Unseen (for a wireless access point), Vimes, Weatherwax, Magrat, Rincewind, Havelock. They seem to have a ring to them, and when you need a new name you have a theme to work with.
I have an old Fujitsu Siemens P4M based laptop that in it's time was fast as a thief (even though it was prone to thermal shutdowns - damned if I'll buy another FSC machine) - so I called it the rather pretenscious name 'Lightning'. Oh, how I laugh when I run Half-Life 2 up on it....
I regret not using something appropriate for my wife's Vista machine. Perhaps 'Plague', 'Pestilence', 'Heartbreaker', 'Bast**d-Mother-F*cker'.........
Yes, you guessed it. I named the machines on my home network. My main server is Nostromo, my firewall is jumpgate, my Windows gaming box is narcissus (the shuttle Ripley used Alien/Aliens), my laptop is Sulaco, my Linux box is kobiashimaru, my NAS box is babylon5, that sort of thing.
Once place I worked at named their servers after muppets. (They have since gone bust).
Another place started naming servers after space shuttles, until they realised they might need more than twelve servers in total. They then went over to using the names of Greek and Roman classical deities. Try spelling Cassiopeia in a hurry.
Ahhh...memories. Here we have dull naming conventions nowadays - a site abbreviation, an asset tag number and a letter denoting the machine type. Once upon a time though, before the proliferation of PCs (yes - a very long time ago, I know!), we used to have pairs of SCO UNIX (remember SCO? They used to be quite big!) boxes running a live and backup warehouse management system.
They all had pairs of names which went together, such as the dull Alpha and Omega. There were some middlingly good names (Wallace and Gromit, Jekyll and Hyde) but for me the supreme example came from the now long-defunct Dundee site which rejoiced in having their servers called Mince and Tatties.
Tolkien names? Who needs 'em! :-)
PS We currently same our AS/400 machines after ships owned once upon a time by the company. My favourite: "Katanga"....
Oddly, nobody seems to find this funny.
I've seen worse than the flower street names. Many years ago some of my friends lived in an area of Leeds known locally as 'The Harolds' because all the streets were Harold something - Harold Street, Harold Road, Harold Avenue - truly brilliant bit of planning.
On an unrelated note my work machines tend to be called hagbard, gruad, fnord, shoggoth and so on... At home they're called Upstairs and Downstairs.
Our company used to name all the machines after cartoon characters. When I first had a company laptop it was named "Gonzales" (you know, after the mouse...)
At first it was an appropriate name. It was the fasted computer we had, even outperforming our antiquated desktop still running windows 3.0
After a while it became not so appropriate.
By the time we scrapped it, the name was downright ironic!
All our computers are now named with soulless letters and numbers, since we were taken over by Americans who thought our naming system was too hard to deal with.
Our home network is based around Norman, Doug and Dinsdale. Brownie points for anyone who can guess what the next computer added will be called...
"...a proper, horsey name, like 'Desert Orchid' or 'Sanyo Music Centre'."
...that of all the keyboards that taken a coffee soaking courtesy of El Reg, this was the only time the coffee in question had taken a trip through my sinuses to get there. Then, after sponging the worst of it off, I read the comments and LaeMi's made it happen again.
However, all that aside. I once set up a series of servers named after a variety of demonic entities. It made sense as networking was still a bit of a black art* back then. Anyhow, I came unstuck when some born-again new hire refused to login to something reporting itself as "Asmodeus" on principle. Fortunately (or unfortunately if you're a religious twat), I managed to convince the powers that be** that downing the whole lot and reconfiguring, with all the attendant hoo-hah, was going to be a sight more expensive than paying the little sod off when they sacked him.
*One thing a good naming convention should have - a really cheesy gag to justify it.
**The earthly ones. No messy stuff with entrails required at all.
Disclaimer: I work in a large organization with an established policy for naming anything connected to the network: (three letter location identifier)-(one letter identifier of device type, es. "S" for server, "P" for printer)(four characters unique identifier); the unique identifier may be anything the local admin is pleased with - I set the first character as the last digit of the purchase year so I can sort equipment by age at a glance (useful for PCs), so a desktop computer purchased in 2008 for location XYZ could be XYZ-D8012.
That said, I guess we all have seen fancy names used. Back when the internet was young, I remember of a website running on three servers named Hikaru, Umi, and Fuu (Google it yourself - I like some anime in small doses, so did the webmaster I guess).
Also, I am pretty sure the Vatican website is still running on servers named Gabriel, Michael, and Raphael - I can't remember which one is the firewall tho :-)
(To be honest, my home computers were inflicted names like Xanadu or Area51...)
I'm one of the sad gits that named machines after Blake's 7 characters. My main PC is still called Cally (my favourite character) and the laptop is Orac.
Zen was my Windows 2000 server/WinRoute machine, but bit the dust years back when the CPU cooling fan died.
Tarrant was a media machine hooked up to the hifi and TV, which is now a PowerMac G4 imaginatively called 'PowerMacG4'. I had a Jenna too, can't remember what that did.
Years back I worked on an NCR mini. There was a process, a compiler or something, on there called SLARTIBART, because in one of the status screens it had FAST in the column after the name.
I've long supported the tradition of beer and curry myself, with devices named tiger, landlord, cobra, balti, korma, roti ... it's enough for a modest network as long as you don't fall into the trap of naming the currently-hottest one vindaloo or phal only to be embarrassed a few years later when you realise it's now as comparatively spicy as a raita.
Preferably related to the department the MP was in. For instance, my media server is called Mellor. Others are a bit more subversive : the occasionally used SGI O2 box is called Cameron, because it still looks shiny and new on the outside, but is basically fairly decrepit on the inside..
Main workstation has to be a colossus of the parliamentary system, like Pitt. As each workstation ages, it becomes re-purposed and renamed. Pitt->Heath, for instance.
The possibilities are endless! we have already had Cambrian species but in a Zoology dept you could have species under study or over in the MolBio lab gene names can also be useful, a small cluster for example could named after the hedgehog family, sonic included. Though that would be problematic in those labs working on C. elegans worms as their powers that be have decreed the names should be alphanumeric according to a detailed scheme, spoilsports!
I do agree with the non Tolkein thing though that is so passé, my university had servers called 'Rivendell' and 'Gandalf' back in the '80s for goodness sake.
BTW all the streetnames around here are named after Lochs, we are in Fyne Rd which is off Torridon Rd. Not obvious to the geographically ignorant I grant but a good scheme for a town planner here in Scotland.
My net-facing server is called Psychoceramic as it was originally a 486 machine, and today is a K6-III/450. My laptops are Callanish and SkaraBrae. My VoIP switch is Washi, my Sun is Hikari. My Linux boxes are Asakura and Sonozaki and the FreeBSD one is Matrix. As for the Windows machine? Damnthing.
and there isn't anyone who uses the same set as I do for my home network.
It's called 'Dulux', and unsurprisingly all the machines are Green, Blue, Red etc. That worked well for a while, but when I got over 40 systems connected (SETI farm in the attic), I started to run out of simple words.
So now my new systems are Gamboge, Teal, Advocado, Beige, Whitewithahintof....
I used to admin a network that used the names of different kinds of chillis for all the machines. You wouldn't believe how many there are... we kept on thinking we'd surely run out and have to adopt a new scheme, but by the time we got up to around a hundred machines on our LAN we still had a list as long as your arm of unused chilli varieties.
(The network no longer exists, so :-P~~~ to anyone here doing reconaissance!)
I hope I don't prove a point to my detriment, but I write this from my MacBook Pro 15 called "Parsifal." I've been progressing through the alphabet.
Um, when I hit "e" I did use Elrond. Sorry. I was younger. It ran FreeBSD 5.x, does that mitigate the twerpiness a little?
At one job, when I brought some Linux file servers on line to relieve the burden on an ancient small business server, I named them after co-workers' children.
Recently, I've been naming servers after bad former US Presidents. So I have a Polk and a Fillmore. Another name for the series freed up earlier this year and awaits assignment.
...no, not me (no way!) - the CompSci department of my University. They had a bunch of new kit around the same time as the Teletubbies were cult student viewing (again, not me, no way!), and the four login servers became Tinky Winky, Dipsy, LaaLaa and Po. We also had servers called Pinky, Perky and Flipper, - no ideas what they were for, but their names were proudly sellotaped to the side of the boxes for all the world to see through the server room windows.
I'm fairly boring when it comes to my computers. My ancient homebuild desktop is Thunderchild (I'd just read War of the Worlds, and the case is a rather nice gunmetal grey), and my laptop is Bunny, not for any rabbit related reasons, but because it was the nickname of a nice IT chap who helped me spec the laptop, who sadly passed away the same day it was delivered. I know, I'm just a sentimental old thing...
At home, I use Hebridean Islands for machines, with laptops being by convention named after smaller islands and desktops after larger ones, while network kit is named after ferry ports.
So my desktop is Harris; the wife's netbook is Oronsay and the next WAP we buy will probably have an SSID of Lochaline.
ed.ac.uk had a similar naming policy iirc - the main mail server was mull.
My home network is a bunch of M$ PCs and laptops named after mythical beings. I started off Arthurian but branched out into Norse and Celtic legends...
So I have Uther, Morgana and Merlin the PCs, Excalibut the laptop, Grendel the server and Tintagel as my domain. Router is named Lugh :-)
My home network is a bunch of M$ PCs and laptops named after mythical beings. I started off Arthurian but branched out into Norse and Celtic legends...
So I have Uther, Morgana and Merlin the PCs, Excalibur the laptop, Grendel the server and Tintagel as my domain. Router is named Lugh :-)
Geeze ... that "No JRR Tolkien" rule would slam most of my older campus server farm.
They did show good taste for those names, though. SAURON was where all the sysadmins logged on, MORDOR was the dark land where the NFS server lived; most of the students used the BOLSON or GANDALF workstations. ("bolson" is a lame translation of "baggins" to spanish.)
Not every server followed LOTR though; I distinctly remember seeing "falkor", "luke", "bobafett" and "chewbacca" so it seems that some of the IT staff were into Star Wars and The Neverending Story as well.
Oh well.. it also seems I've violated one of these rules, as my PS3 is called hal9000. Eep...
...is based on islands. So, on our LAN I have Baffin, Madagascar, New Zealand, Canary, Taiwan... laptops ended up getting named after sea-going vessel types - Supertanker is my newest; Oceanliner was recently retired to live as my wife's machine, and Dinghy is the Toshiba Libretto from 1997.
I recently did a project involving xBox 360s, and had three devkits set up for a triple-screen rig, running a major, 360-exclusive title. I considered naming the devkits Nintendo, Sony, and Sega, but decided not to...
I remember once being told that the problem with using linked computer names is that it made a hacker's job much easier. Find a machine called gandalf, and its not hard to guess there's a frodo on the net. Not sure how relevant it is in this day and age. And are there any hackers out there with machines called Jim or Humphrey? Please?
Many moons ago, a mate of mine had a Mac II, which he called Malcolm. I had an SE, which I called Desmond. Beige names for beige boxes.
When we started putting a small network together a few years ago, my boss thought it would be a larff to call it Frodo, as I was a bit of a LOTR nut. Another server was added not long after called Gandalf. It was a bit silly. Now we have a proper IT bloke that has named all our Blades after planets, Mars, Jupiter, Venus, Neptune, etc.
My car, a Clio, is called Chloe.
My home network uses boozes, whisky, rum, vodka and calvados, thought I'll have to switch to a scheme with a lower ABV soon. I operate some boxes for chemistry students, and I'm naming them after alcohols, butanol, fenol, methanol, and for the one running the music at the bar, ethanol.
At work we used a few Blizzard games for servers. We had Mulgore, Tirisfal, Durotar, Eversong, etc. Before that we had Corsair, Wraith, Goliath, etc. Even before that, we had the planets, and I can vouch for the inherent problem with that naming scheme. "Logging into Uranus," "Uranus has a virus," etc. were commonly heard.
At home, I don't have very many machines, so they get a set of fictional city names. Truce, Choras, Medina, Porre, and Sandorino. Tip o' the hat to whoever gets those first.
Under such a scheme, a top end Power Mac might be called Little Paulie while a Macbook Air might be called FAT Albert.
What about multiple server systems or server farms? I worked on one project where all the servers really needed meaningful names for when I had to lower myself to walking down to the manufacturing floor, but some outdoors obsessed pillock went and named them after his favourite fucking mountains.
All TV detectives here, Morse, Reagan, Lewis, Barnaby and Marple for the wifey's Vaio.
Don't do what I did though. Bought a "new" workstation for me off fleaBay and couldn't decide what to call it whilst in the exciting rush to build it so I called it temp. Baaad name. Worse nightmare to change it though. :(
Paris would be a good name though.
The LAN in the math department where I went to grad school named their machines after figures from Greek mythology (Athena, Sophos, Laeticia). They were always female because in those days computers were mysterious and temperamental (and the sysadmin was a woman).
I named the machines on my home network after mathematicians (Gauss, Euler, Cauchy, Euclid). The older the machine, the older the mathematician. When a machine got replaced, I added a number, so one of my boxes is now Cauchy3.
The agency where I currently work uses 2 letters to denote the sub-agency, 1 letter to indicate Server (S) or Workstation (W), followed by a seven digit number. I believe their firwall machines did actually used to be called firewall1 firewall2, etc. until someone finally convinced them that was pretty much the same as calling them "Controlled Access! T3$t ur L33t Haxor skillz h3r3!"
However, the Application servers (Sun boxes) are named after tropical vaction spots - Florida, Aruba, Antigua, etc.
Codicil: for some reason Blakes 7 is permissible, as also is the Lensmen series.
So I don't have to feel alone in my geekyness for having Mentor, Worsel, Kinnison, Tregonsee, Nadreck, and Emphilistor online?
Oh, thank heavens.
(Pre-Lensman our faithful assistants were Alfred, Kato, and Tonto.)
I've seen things networks names after cheeses and beers, which sounded alright to me.
Personally I try to pick one name from a given source and then never re-use that source again, except when retiring the original one.
So I've got Wyrd, Praxis, Mal (Originally meant to be redundantly backed up by Jane, scrapped plans for that though,) RoadWarrior, and a couple named boring things. I used to be in charge of naming random computers at work, where I'd close my eyes and pick the first word that popped into my head. So we've got Shindig, Peril, Sprocket, Oxford, Fez, and probably some others. Oddly enough Peril had a habit for injuring people with fans and sharp corners.
I worked for a small company that had two development offices in the UK, one "darn sarf' and one "oop north". The head of R&D was a tedious little rodent of a man that no-one could abide, so two of the main development servers became "weasel" and "ferret" (one at each site). You could then openly use questions such as "Is weasel up?" (or similar) not only to ascertain the status of the relevant server but also - and more commonly - to find out whether you'd be likely to run into the waste-of-space bossman at your office that day.
OK, so it wasn't big and it wasn't clever, but we all liked the joke and it did turn out to be useful on occasions.
@MezzoToscano 22nd June 2009 12:52 GMT
"three servers named Hikaru, Umi, and Fuu (Google it yourself - I like some anime in small doses, so did the webmaster I guess)."
Don't need to: they're the main characters from "Magical Knights Rayearth". I'm surprised there wasn't a Mokona.
My machines are named as follows:
Izabelle - WinXP desktop.
May - WinXP fileserver.
Thallin - Linux Web server.
Charlotte - Linux mail server (yeah, I could merge the two together).
Ifurita - EEE PC running Ubuntu 7.04.
EEEGads - EEE PC running Ubuntu 8.04.
Duke - because the "Duke Box" is my "Juke Box". ;^)
Mai - Linux backup server. When I finish it.
Squish - WinXP SFF. 'nuff said.
Laptop - the Vista laptop. Doesn't deserve a better name.
WDTV - the... er... WDTV box. Being modded. Will replace Duke when I'm done playing with it..
BAP - Big Ass Printer. (not really, but big compared to the PCs)
The company I work at has LOTR names for servers - much to the disgust of my boss. They are still there, but he isn't!
My pair of servers at home are known as Laurel & Hardy. For test purposes, the domain is ACME, with Daffy, Bugs Taz etc as users. (Wil E. Coyote is admin!)
I have a desktop and a tablet PC for work - DangerMouse for the PC and Penfold for the tablet - giddit?
the domain was airport.xx.co.uk
awacs - nis+ master
airbus - nis+ slave and general file server
harrier - the jumpstart / jet server
galaxy - cannot remember why
lancaster - cannot remember why
lockheed - the security / pen test server
would like to know if they are still around ............ according to 'nslookup' they still are ........ hence the title
A place I did vac jobs at in my students days had demo software (for use at exhibitions) that showed the name of the fileserver it was loading the programs from. So one of the development teams named their fileserver "snotgobbler", to make sure it wouldn't get borrowed for exhibitions.
After 10 years I can still remember the names of the servers I worked on (and perhaps even more sadly their IP addresses.).
awacs.airport.bt.co.uk - 18.104.22.168
airbus.airport.bt.co.uk - 22.214.171.124
I very much hope that they are NOT still Sparc Station 20's and NOT running Solaris 2.6
Paris - because she is an airport and deserves to be on the list ...... (ok I know paris has two airports - infer what you will)
In the days before Tolkein was rediscovered I actually worked with a server named Gandalf. At the same time all we had was a dumb terminal service from an agency machine operating over a telex line at 300 bits/sec (now just think about that lads), my terminal devices were named (not by me), Deep Thought One and Deep Thought 2. Douglas Adams was still on radio, before books never mind TV and film.
The point is that I am now using very loosely Women Who Influenced My Life. At least half of you will think that is A Very Fine Thing. Anyway I have done it, so there!
Server: Alice: my mother (and why not?)
pc1: Betty, Oooh Betty: Frank Spencer's wife
pc2: Celia: a long time ago and the pc is gone
pc3: Delia (Smith)
pc4: Eleanor: niece.
pc5: Florence: my mother again (second name)
pc6: Gloria (Huniford)
pc7: Helen: a fine energetic girl.
pc8: Iolanthe: Gilbert & Sullivan. Sorry
pc8: Julia: Julia Roberts, you don't want me to explain, do you?
pc9: Kristen: my chiropracter: a slim blond Swedish girl who may walk over my back at any time.
pc10: Lydia: Holroyd producer of Drop the Dead Donkey and a very brave lady.
pc11: Mary: mother in law
pc12: Nora. Nora? Nora Batty of course.
pc13: Ophela: Hamlet
pc14: Pauline: another very brave lady
pc15: Queen. I just ran out of names. So why not.
pc16: Ruby: Ruby Wax Hurrah!
You might notice my wife is missing; I would not dare, so do not go there.
Talking of naming computers, another subject is desktop wallpaper. I have taken a shine to pre-Raphaelite images and use download from art galleries, it is surprising what is available.
My old laptop is called brandon (in honour of brandon flowers) and I got my work hostname changed to stevieg (in honour of steven gerrard).
I really can't decide what to call my new laptop though - ideas??
a) It must be a man's name
b) He must be fit (in my eyes)
c i) Preferably a musician or footballer
c ii) Definitely not a rap-star/crappy dance dj or man u/chelsea/arsenal/everton/blackburn/newcastle player
It's a dell mini 10v if that helps (I don't really want to name it after people of diminutive stature, unless they satisfy conditions b and c(i) )
My current lappy is named Little Sister--I had gotten BioShock around the time I got her, too.
My old one was, interestingly enough, named Zodiac--that was also the name of my very first PC, an Aries 365. He still runs (and, strangely enough, boots faster than XP, given it's a 3.1 machine.)
I've also named the cars I've driven as well--Dingo was a crappy old beige Jeep Cherokee, followed by Elftor the White, a nice little Nissan XL pickup, with crurrently Queen of Spades, a '03 Nissan Titan pickup.
in danger of being lotr-esque
hagrid - sort of file server
i say sort of, because i accidentally emptied the contents of /etc, and now the big drive wont mount even with a live boot disk.
hermione and ginny
laptops, ginny is the younger (newer) one
harry and ron
ron is a vm on harry (ie ron the sidekick lol)
My three home workstations - Sec, Caan, Thay
The home server - Torchwood
My wife's machine - Tardis
My netbook - Liberator
My wife's netbook - PinkSquirrelKitty (ok, not British scifi)
My wife's iPod - Avon
My iPod - TheMightyWurlitzer (Goons!)
My phone - Orac
My smartpen - Slave
Actually - Goon show characters are probably a good source - Neddie, Seagoon, Minnie, Henry, Eccles, Moriarty, Grytpype, Mate, LittleJim, Bloodnok
When working as a telco engineer for a large multinational, used to spend hours (waiting for our testing to complete) trying to get into the minds of the Sysy admins. Some of the racks of servers I have seen:
Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Grandpa
Sporty, Scary, Ginger
Spock, Kirk, Bones, Mcoy
Must be fun when you are setting these up?
Love the new icons BTW
Here at the uni we have (and had) a little bit of each, and more: Hercules, Medusa, Neptune, Ramhorn, Grizzly, Linn, Newbler, Watson (as in Watson & Crick of DNA fame), among other similar stuff. We joke that the Mac cluster here should be called Sasquatch, since it's been heard of, but never seen live. :-)
My desktop was named "Maserati", but not by me... I'm more of a Ferrari tifoso, really.
Not going to work. 3 seconds on your network and I know exactly what all of your devices are, no matter what you name them.
If you think just naming a file server something like uselessdesktop-pleasedonthackme is enough to secure it then you really, really need to call on professional help.
A smallish home LAN I know well is based around Asterix.
The domain is Amorica, the small laptop is Asterix, the media centre is Cacophonix, the over spec'd and underutilised desktop is Obelix. The NAS is Getafix (in control of all the information, see?) and when my Dad's lappie is on the LAN it's called Geriatrix. I've got several dozen more names before I need to rethink the scheme... (thinking I'll go to Life Of Brian- can't wait to use Sillius Soddus and Biggus Dickus! And of course Incontinentia Buttocks!!)
...and the web server was called Galadriel. Many of these servers had the appropriate figurines on them, and one day when Galadriel went down (you know what I mean), we found that her little figurine had fallen off. It was more securely fastened, and never failed again while I was there.
There was also the naming convention of major New Zealand rivers, which worked quite well. However, for multiple sites, I do have to agree the boring LOC-OS-FUNC-xx naming convention is quite handy.
> Paris - because she is an airport and deserves to be on the list ...... (ok I know paris has two
> airports - infer what you will)
Actually, Paris has three main airports, plus an extra one just for cheap lines. Make of THAT what you will :)
Paris, because you'll always find your landing strip.
(Gotta dash, mine's the one with "Paris in a day" in the back pocket).
I think all windows machines should be named after Discworld camels. I have been known to call such machines "Bloody Stupid," "Evil Smelling Bugger," "Evil-Minded Son of a Bitch", "Evil Brother-in-law of a Jackal", and of course those perennial favourites: "You Bastard" and "You Vicious Brute". Some do need abbreviation: BS, ESB, EMSoaB, EBiloaJ, YB, and YVB. Nobody ever asks what it means.
Under linux the same machines are known as:
etc: The earthly counterpart of Discworld camels
Well in the past i have had
Then when i ran my business network at home, my servers were called
Paige (the web server geddit)
Phoebe (secondary DNS server and Database Server)
Piper(Primary DNS and IRC Server)
With Remote NAS drives called Leo, Cole, Chris
The router was called Stargate (from the previous network listed above) but was changed to BOS (Book of Shadows)
Still i guess that has told everyone my favorite TV shows and my watching preferences.....
Go with what you feel is right, I just remember the stories about the company that after 2 projects were called 'Ren' and 'Stimpy' the management decided to call all projects after rivers until the next 2 projects were revealed "ubangi" and "vulgar"
I name the machines here after groups of animals and plants, progressing to a new group for each generation of machines... the root vegetables (leek, potato, onion...) are well out-of-date, the canids (fox, dhole, coyote, dingo...) are more recent , and I'm currently on cetaceans. I should be able to keep going until I can start on alien species...
The video of "railway stations closed by Dr Beeching" is "Not available in [my] area" - I'm going to blame Dr Beeching for that.
Mine's the one with the Excursion Flora of the British Isles in the pocket.
at a former employer's, we took the cartoon character approach (The Simpsons) BUT, the rule was "no major characters".
Out go the obvious names of the immediate family. In come minor characters (and there are plenty) Some examples:
itchy and scratchy -- name servers (logical pairing)
kent -- NNTP server (Kent Brockman, the newscaster)
smithers -- Email (something about the original machine suggested the name)
lenny and carl -- redundant AV/anti-spam email gateways (another pairing)
We also had a moe, apu, mrburns, and a wiggens at some point.
I for one welcome... well, nobody, but the new icon had to be pulled out for a comment referencing Kent Brockman.
OK, so my crowd are a little unusual in some ways.
Kaori - one and only Windows XP box
Kimiko - Linux desktop
Miyuki and Madoka - RISC PCs (hi, ZFC folks!)
Chika - Acorn A4
Reina - My Aspire Linux netbook
Minako - works desktop
Saeko - old works laptop
Atsuko - junky old W98SE laptop
Sakura - Test machine (currently W7RC1)
but my gateway is called Gateway!
And I'll say nothing about the use of trees and planets in the works server names! :b
I have lost count of the number of times I have going into support a new company only to find the previous IT numbskull has named each PC after the member of staff it was built for.
Problem is, the staff leave and the computer keeps the same name. OR, even worse, the staff member changes post within the company and starts using a computer with someone else's name on it. OR the machine got retasked without a name change.
I have lost count of the errors I made in that company when trying to work out which computer was where as no one mentioned that Sharon used the machine called Angie and Angie had the machine called Tracy and the server was Sharon's old PC. ARG!!!
I now pick themes like elements or animals etc. Which means a little fun handing stupidly named boxes over to people who annoy me.
I've taken to using names from Le Carre novels.
My Fedora server is 'Smiley' because it is incredibly clever, and a survivor. It will be doing what it does when all else is in ruins. The firewall is 'Mendel ', the dependable shadowy friend who watched his back, but is from another world
My home workstation dual boots XP and Ubuntu. Thus it is Gerald or Hayden according to what it boots.
The Suse 11.1 netbook is 'Esterhause' because he is referred to as a dwarf in one of the novels.
The unstable box on which I try out ideas is 'Tarr'
... Shihuangdi, Xiaoping, Zedong, Kaishek, and some others I've forgotten. When one of the marketards complained about getting confused or misspelling the names, someone gave him a machine named Chopsticks, and then someone else got Stirfry. (Such is my dim recollection.)
I call anything that needs to be remotely recognized after H. P. Lovecraft's mithology. Hence, my personal phone doesn't have a name, but the wi-fi enabled PSP does.
Main PC: Cthulhu
Macbook: Dagon; booted in Windows: Deep-one
Wi-fi network: Kadath
Wireless router: Shantak
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