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I Told A Joke

weather: mostly sunny
outside: 16°C
mood: mean
... and people laughed. This rarely happens. When it does, I write a journal entry about it =D

Most IT companies will name all their servers based on a theme. Some of the ones I've seen in past jobs include: LOTR characters, phobia prefixes, lesser known Simpsons characters (frink was the only one I remember out of that bunch), negative emotions (sad, disgust, misery, fear, etc.), extreme weather conditions (flood, hail, rain, snow, hurricane, typhoon, etc.).

CS at UBC used names of the islands in the Howe Sound: Bowen, Gambier, Keats, Anvil, etc.

Our servers' names at Work are Lighthouse, Microscope and Giraffe.

Someone pondered out loud, "What's the theme here?" These machines had legacy names from the previous incarnation of the company.

"Things with long necks." I said, to the enlightenment of the others. "The next server, then" I continued in a deadpan, "should be 'ParisHilton'."

Well, they all laughed out loud =)



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May. 15th, 2004 09:00 pm (UTC)
Ummm... frink, dolph, kearney, jimbo... I don't recall if we had any more than that in the Simpsons line. There was apathy as well as a bunch of other negatives that escape me at the moment.
May. 16th, 2004 01:03 am (UTC)
Apathy! Yes! It was supposed to be the contrast of Mindquake's "happy", "smilie", etc. =D
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May. 15th, 2004 09:08 pm (UTC)
our names are really boring. like sddev2 :((
May. 16th, 2004 12:34 am (UTC)
Phobia prefixes? Negative emotions? "I can't log in to fear; and I have to use either fear or sadness because the files aren't on jealousy!"

It's always interesting how groups name their computers. In college, the mail servers were zelazny, bradbury, ellison, aldiss, pohl, zahn, heinlein, leguin, delany, gibson, etc. Somewhere I've got the list of all the servers. I actually used that list to find classic SF authors which I hadn't heard of. Animal families are another common one (fish, birds, etc.) as are scientists/mathematicians. One of my friends uses feminine names (boadicea, magdalene, cerise, elspeth).

One of my favorites was a friend who named them after fabrics and items of clothing, e.g. cotton, nylon, lycra, rayon, blouse, pants, etc. The Windows machine was "fishnet" because it was "trashy and full of holes." She named the nameserver "skirt" so people would "nslookup skirt" (don't look at me).
May. 16th, 2004 01:01 am (UTC)
She named the nameserver "skirt" so people would "nslookup skirt" (don't look at me).

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May. 16th, 2004 07:47 am (UTC)
lol, where i currently work, they name the servers after spices, nuts and berries.
May. 16th, 2004 12:32 pm (UTC)
Things with long necks...

Very clever! ParisHilton would open so many possibilities when the server goes down on people, or people finger it, or mount from it...

HS CS: kepler, fermat, euclid, darwin, turing and tesla. DNS was gauss.

University Unix clusters uesd to have themes: UTS used to be curly and moe, with larry on reserve. It's now just uts1 and uts2. :-P Other sets were kanga/roo, homer/marge/lisa/bart. Windows server was typhoon. Help desk had nebula and pulsar, with quasar on reserve. SPICE (maybe it stood for something) was ginger, with no sign of baby, sporty, scary or posh.
May. 16th, 2004 02:45 pm (UTC)
at work we have rikitea, mururoa, and a lot of other exotic islands...
May. 17th, 2004 11:58 pm (UTC)
(Mostly) Greek gods and demi-gods at our school.
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