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Robert Hart

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Was in the pub the other night with some friends, and the conversation
drifted on to machine host names. We all came to the conclusion that the
names of the machines we worked with at work all had the most boring
hostnames. For example, the one I deal with is called eri.

Does anyone out there have any creative hostnames for their machines?

Robert

The Milkman

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Robert Hart wrote:

I'm moving into a house with a load of fellow computing students and we have
decided to name our machines with titles from the songs by The Prodigy..

So we've got: VOODOO (main server - filestore, modem server, email), FIRE
(cdrom copying machine cos it "burns" things), JERICHO (workstation),
BREATHE (workstation), CHARLY (big bad dual CPU number crunching/rendering
server), CLIMBATIZE (workstation)., etc

Hostnames at our University go a bit like this: fileservers named after
space shuttles, proxy servers named after birds (eg. osprey, falcon, etc)
etc. Web servers after planets (eg. saturn, neptune). etc. etc. (somthing
like this,,, I think these are correct... not sure)

Personally I always like to start naming machines after planets.. but in a
big organisation like a university it makes sense to have the naming
conventions....

--

Rich.


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Robert Billing

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The Milkman wrote:

> Personally I always like to start naming machines after planets.. but in a
> big organisation like a university it makes sense to have the naming
> conventions....

I've gone over to using Shakespeare, as you get a lot of names, some of
which fall naturally into groups.

192.168.0.2 falstaff A large machine with fat disks
192.168.0.3 antonio Dualtech
192.168.0.4 puck Toshiba Libretto Palmtop
192.168.1.2 peasblossom Virtual Win95 (VMWARE)
192.168.1.3 cobweb Virtual NT *
192.168.1.4 moth Virtual 3.1
192.168.1.5 mustardseed Virtual 98 *

* Don't exist, but the numbers are reserved.

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lover, I live near 0:46W 51:22N. http://www.tnglwood.demon.co.uk/
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phasers on the Heffalump, Piglet, meet me in transporter room three"

Jonathan Baker-Bates

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Musicians. Everyone has their favourite, there's an inexhaustible supply,
and you can choose them to suit the machine's role (kinda).

We have copeland, czukay, garcia, etc.

JJ


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David Nutter

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Robert Hart <rob...@sasallys.demon.co.uk> writes:

> Was in the pub the other night with some friends, and the conversation
> drifted on to machine host names. We all came to the conclusion that the
> names of the machines we worked with at work all had the most boring
> hostnames. For example, the one I deal with is called eri.
>
> Does anyone out there have any creative hostnames for their machines?

Mine are all named after South Park characters.

Cartman: Big fat ugly dual processor workstation
Chef: The fileserver, cos it "serves" things...
Kenny/Twobit[1]: Now a firewall and IPmasquerade box. It dies quite
often, usually in an interesting way, hence Kenny
Skuzzlebutt: My laptop. No particular reason for the name I just
liked the sound of it.

These are all running Debian "Slink" except Kenny who is still running
"Hamm", being only a poor 486en. Precise kernel versions differ
greatly. If I ever buy a new machine for whatever reason it shall be
called "Mephesto" (sp?).

Regards,

-david

[1] The second name is referring to the number of drill bits broken
when removing the case for the first time. Bloody Compaq design
policies... *mutter*

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MJ Ray

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Robert Hart <rob...@sasallys.demon.co.uk> writes:
[...]

> Does anyone out there have any creative hostnames for their machines?

Well, I decided that our webserver and mailserver machine which would
spend all of its time talking to the outside world would be named
"rabbit" (rabbit, rabbit, talk, talk, etc). However, I'd forgotten
that the powers that be had stuck me with the subdomain "stu", so the
machine name became "rabbit.stu". I only noticed that when a friend
pointed it out to me, honest! The name got past the management
committee (with at least two vegetarians there), though.

Since then we've had veggie.stu, irish.stu, the DNUK-sponsored
beef.stu (serious power ;) ) and if the next few come along while I'm
still in power, I anticipate inner.stu (intranets) and lamb.stu.

The maths department's machines used to be in two groups named after
famous mathematicians and oceans but are now <manufacturer><number>
unfortunately. Computing used to be elements, but there have been
some that break that rule now (parsley?).

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Andrea Fuller

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Toledo, Jupiter, BayArea, Babylon5, StarWars, etc. We have loads of
interesting hostnames names at work but, as I am at home I cannot look,
and I cannot remember any more at the moment. Mine is boring - afuller.
I had run out of inspiration that day. ;-)


Andrea

In article <373400B4...@sasallys.demon.co.uk>, Robert Hart


<rob...@sasallys.demon.co.uk> writes
>Was in the pub the other night with some friends, and the conversation
>drifted on to machine host names. We all came to the conclusion that the
>names of the machines we worked with at work all had the most boring
>hostnames. For example, the one I deal with is called eri.
>

>Does anyone out there have any creative hostnames for their machines?
>

>Robert

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Please excuse any typos or odd phrases. I am talking to the Dragon.

John Winters

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In article <373400B4...@sasallys.demon.co.uk>,

Robert Hart <rob...@sasallys.demon.co.uk> wrote:
>Was in the pub the other night with some friends, and the conversation
>drifted on to machine host names. We all came to the conclusion that the
>names of the machines we worked with at work all had the most boring
>hostnames. For example, the one I deal with is called eri.
>
>Does anyone out there have any creative hostnames for their machines?

My main server is called "unseen" partly as a nod to Pratchett, but
mostly because it's hidden behind a desk. My firewall is called "xl5"
obviously.

John
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Ian Briggs

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John Winters wrote:
:My firewall is called "xl5" obviously.

Careful, John, you're giving your age away... :-)

Ian

Samuel Penn

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In message <373400B4...@sasallys.demon.co.uk>
Robert Hart <rob...@sasallys.demon.co.uk> wrote:

> Does anyone out there have any creative hostnames for their machines?

At Edinburgh University, depending on which computer lab you
were in, either Edinburgh pubs, Scottish islands (trying to
remember how to spell these was fun), dogs (Scooby, Lady, Tramp),
cats (custard, tigger) and elements.

My own Linux box is called Wotan, Risc PC is Odin ad my Windows PC
is Alberich. My Windows PC at work is called Loki. Our sun solaris
server at work was going to be called Ra, but no-one was sure whether
a two letter hostname was allowed, so it became rara.

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Sam. ----- Roleplaying and Wargaming

Jon Plews

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Robert Hart wrote in message <373400B4...@sasallys.demon.co.uk>...

>Was in the pub the other night with some friends, and the conversation
>drifted on to machine host names. We all came to the conclusion that the
>names of the machines we worked with at work all had the most boring
>hostnames. For example, the one I deal with is called eri.
>
>Does anyone out there have any creative hostnames for their machines?
>
>Robert

Not me, I use fish. I seem to have worrying propensity
toward those beginning with H (Hake, Halibut, Haddock).

Well, maybe it's not *that* worrying.

Jon Plews (dreading being quoted out of context).


Jonathan

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Robert Hart <rob...@sasallys.demon.co.uk> wrote in message
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> Does anyone out there have any creative hostnames for their machines?

I'm lumped with stuE123 for my machine (Uni given name), but the University
has several nameing convensions.
NT fileservers are castles - bodiam, drogo, corfe, knole (is that a castle?)
and UNIX boxes are birds - pelican, falcon, kiwi, stork, merlin (is that a
bird?)
There's also several other names dotted about the network: speke, ward,
wallace, gromit, toucan, scotney, aardvark, ant, aurora, minerva, chartwell,
lark and mercury, to name a few. I've no idea what half of them are!
But the majority of PC's accross campus have boring names like pcecp013 etc.

Jonathan.
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And God said "let's see the evolutionists try and figure this one out".

Iain Georgeson

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In article <373400B4...@sasallys.demon.co.uk>, Robert Hart
<rob...@sasallys.demon.co.uk> writes

>Does anyone out there have any creative hostnames for their machines?

ftp://src.doc.ic.ac.uk/rfc/rfc2100.txt may be able to help:


The Naming of Hosts is a difficult matter,
It isn't just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a host must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.

First of all, there's the name that the users use daily,
Such as venus, athena, and cisco, and ames,
Such as titan or sirius, hobbes or europa--
All of them sensible everyday names.

There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
Some for the web pages, some for the flames:
Such as mercury, phoenix, orion, and charon--
But all of them sensible everyday names.

But I tell you, a host needs a name that's particular,
A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,
Else how can it keep its home page perpendicular,
And spread out its data, send pages world wide?

Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
Like lothlorien, pothole, or kobyashi-maru,
Such as pearly-gates.vatican, or else diplomatic-
Names that never belong to more than one host.

But above and beyond there's still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess;
The name that no human research can discover--
But THE NAMESERVER KNOWS, and will us'ually confess.

When you notice a client in rapt meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
The code is engaged in a deep consultation
On the address, the address, the address of its name:

It's ineffable,
effable,
Effanineffable,
Deep and inscrutable,
singular
Name.

Iain.
--
The Linux kernel has actually not changed at all since January, '94. Linus
just increments "version.c" once every 48 hours and unleashes the "change"
on an unsuspecting Internet, bringing FTP servers to their knees.
-- Seen on linux-kernel

Anthony Clarke

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My computers have names from the blackadder series,

so there's blackadder, george, darling and possibilities for
melchet, bob, queenie etc. etc.

Anthony,

Matthew Malthouse

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In article <7h47ip$mmb$1...@polo.demon.co.uk>,
jo...@polo.demon.co.uk (John Winters) wrote:

} My main server is called "unseen" partly as a nod to Pratchett, but

} mostly because it's hidden behind a desk. My firewall is called "xl5"
} obviously.

what about "f451" ?

Matthew

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http://www.calmeilles.demon.co.uk/index.html


Matthew Malthouse

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In article <48FF8AF0B1%s...@bifrost.demon.co.uk>,
Samuel Penn <s...@bifrost.demon.co.uk> wrote:

} My own Linux box is called Wotan, Risc PC is Odin ad my Windows PC
} is Alberich. My Windows PC at work is called Loki. Our sun solaris
} server at work was going to be called Ra, but no-one was sure whether
} a two letter hostname was allowed, so it became rara.

Dunno about SSol, but "al" worked on linux.

"Bong" for the newsserver, gowan, work it out...

Chris Wilson

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Just to add a little more noise...

Around me I have members of the Magic Roundabout, atm Zebedee, Dougal,
Florence and Brian. (In the speck of my eye are Mr Rusty and Emertrude.
Can anyone remember any more of the characters?)
The tiny cluster is boringly called the Hive (predictable, I know. :-(

The computers at my Dad's surgery we named after Thomas the Tank Engine,
with the Big Fat Controller being the server, obviously. Additionally,
the Doctors' computers were named after the engines, whereas the nurses
were named after the carriages and the receptionists ended up with all
the miscellaneous vehicles.
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Dougal: 2.2.5 Up: 14 days 17:32 eth0 Rx: 728MiB
Smash forehead on keyboard to continue...

Paul Grayson

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>
> Personally I always like to start naming machines after planets.. but in a
> big organisation like a university it makes sense to have the naming
> conventions....
>

I used to deal with a now almost obsolete NOS under which it was
exceedingly difficult to rename a file server, since it took a competant
person a whole weekend and a spare server to perform the task. We tried
to explain to customers never to name the severs after the company name
or location since either could, and often would, change. We had one site
with 3 servers called London-N, all based in Reading; and one customer
with a server called Exeter based in Plymouth, and a server called
Plymouth based in Exeter!

The manufacturers recommended naming servers after inanimate objects,
such as their example of trees. I can site servers named after poets,
planets and philosphers. One customer even named servers after Captain
Pugwash characters.

The worst cases I came across were cryptic 11 character names based on
departments that no-one could remember (it was part of the civil
service), or on site that used names ranging from Server_A to Server_S.

My linux box is currently called shippo, named after a now gone football
club mascot.

C. Newport

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Robert Hart (rob...@sasallys.demon.co.uk) wrote:
: Was in the pub the other night with some friends, and the conversation

: drifted on to machine host names. We all came to the conclusion that the
: names of the machines we worked with at work all had the most boring
: hostnames. For example, the one I deal with is called eri.

: Does anyone out there have any creative hostnames for their machines?

Mine are a varied bunch :- more on a whim than with a plan.

hek Linux masquerading router - can anyone figure out why ?
linus Linux workstation - how original can you get ?
icarus Ultra5
sol Solaris X86
tosh A portable
mercury Solaris X86 partition on tosh
scone Open server 5
boaz Ruth's workstation
dosser An ancient 386


Neil de Carteret

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Jonathan wrote:
> I'm lumped with stuE123 for my machine (Uni given name), but the University
> has several nameing convensions.

One of our campus workstation rooms used to full of Sparcs, and thus was
known colloquially as the Sun Lounge (it's been done before, I'm sure). Down
the corridor was similar room known as the Solarium. The Sun Lounge machines
were all named after herbs - dill, borage, parsely etc., and the Solarium
was named after states of mind - happy, sloth, ennui etc.

Anyway, this year the Sun Longe was gutted and refurbished with NT PCs, so
we all have to sit there Exceeding into the teaching servers to get any work
done. Stupidly, the machine names have all been changed to
'pcsl-something-something' to fit in with the campus-wide naming
conventions, thus preserving the now meaningless 'sun lounge' appelation.
Still, it can be slightly amusing to sit at a machine called pcslap or
pcslag.

My own box is known to itself as airwall. *If* I had a network, the other
machines would be shockwave, tremor, etc.

Neil de C.

Paul Wright

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In article <slrn7jbjjl...@adm36.joh.cam.ac.uk>,
Andrew McDonald <ad...@cam.ac.uk> wrote:

>Robert Hart <rob...@sasallys.demon.co.uk> wrote:
>> Does anyone out there have any creative hostnames for their machines?
>
>I'm stuck with my user id for my machine due to the naming rules here
>at St. John's when I originally applied for my IP address (although
>this is clearly in contravention of RFC 1178).

How do they feel about aliases? ISTR the Cambridge Debian contingent
used to dish them out. I don't know whether this is still true.

>Since personal machines here are under college subdomains this can
>lead to some fun with naming.
>The best available at John's is probably ban.joh. Selwyn provides some
>of the best names - dura.sel, padded.sel, voltaic.sel, single.sel,
>brain.sel, pick.sel, etc. Peterhouse provides mup.pet. Clare gives us
>intensive.clare.

Churchill had a vague tradition of naming them after the moons of
planets. But it wasn't universally followed. Someone had fuman.chu at
one stage, I think. I vaguely considered ah.chu before deciding it
was too silly. Various people gave them long names like aspidistra or
koyaanisquatsi (means "strange and unusual lifestyle" apparently), for
similar reasons to Douglas Adams' reason for naming Slartibartfast as he
did.

Other possibilties, depending on the number of machines:
Hindu deities (my summer job)
Archangels
Dragons (workgroup at work)
Inevitable sci-fi references (anywhere two or three geeks are gathered
together).

--
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Matthew Malthouse

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In article <Y$L+QpAqu...@kremlinux.demon.co.uk>,
Iain Georgeson <ia...@kremlinux.demon.co.uk> wrote:

LOL

} But THE NAMESERVER KNOWS, and will us'ually confess.

Well, sometimes. :)

The Milkman

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Paul Grayson wrote:

> <snip>


> I used to deal with a now almost obsolete NOS under which it was
> exceedingly difficult to rename a file server

And what was the name of the obsolete OS? It would be interesting to find out..

Richard Letts

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Robert Hart <rob...@sasallys.demon.co.uk> wrote:
> Was in the pub the other night with some friends, and the conversation
> drifted on to machine host names. We all came to the conclusion that the
> names of the machines we worked with at work all had the most boring
> hostnames. For example, the one I deal with is called eri.
>
> Does anyone out there have any creative hostnames for their machines?

names people use to access the machines are boring:
whitworth-A, newton-1, etc

names which people use to access services are simple:
mail.salford.ac.uk, post.salford.ac.uk, etc

names which we use ourselves are lumps of rock:
big systems: gods
little systems: jupiter's lovers

At home I have the Lamps of the Valar, ormal being my laptop :-)

RjL

Keith Sharp

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The Milkman <ric...@rocketmail.com> writes:

> Robert Hart wrote:
>
> > Was in the pub the other night with some friends, and the conversation
> > drifted on to machine host names. We all came to the conclusion that the
> > names of the machines we worked with at work all had the most boring
> > hostnames. For example, the one I deal with is called eri.
> >
> > Does anyone out there have any creative hostnames for their machines?
> >

> > Robert
>
> I'm moving into a house with a load of fellow computing students and we have
> decided to name our machines with titles from the songs by The Prodigy..
>
> So we've got: VOODOO (main server - filestore, modem server, email), FIRE
> (cdrom copying machine cos it "burns" things), JERICHO (workstation),
> BREATHE (workstation), CHARLY (big bad dual CPU number crunching/rendering
> server), CLIMBATIZE (workstation)., etc
>
> Hostnames at our University go a bit like this: fileservers named after
> space shuttles, proxy servers named after birds (eg. osprey, falcon, etc)
> etc. Web servers after planets (eg. saturn, neptune). etc. etc. (somthing
> like this,,, I think these are correct... not sure)

Well at work we go for: workstations are named after islands, servers from
Greek mythology, routers and switches after train stations, and print
servers after rivers.

Keith.

Andrew McDonald

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On 9 May 1999 21:58:53 +0100,

Paul Wright <paul-...@verence.demon.co.uk> wrote:
> In article <slrn7jbjjl...@adm36.joh.cam.ac.uk>,
> Andrew McDonald <ad...@cam.ac.uk> wrote:
> >I'm stuck with my user id for my machine due to the naming rules here
> >at St. John's when I originally applied for my IP address (although
> >this is clearly in contravention of RFC 1178).
>
> How do they feel about aliases? ISTR the Cambridge Debian contingent
> used to dish them out. I don't know whether this is still true.

I think the official view is that these are reluctantly tolerated.
But I think that was after Ian said that he wouldn't remove CNAMEs
even if requested by the machines owners, so there was little they
could do about it.
ucam.org is alive and well, but I've never bothered getting an
additional alias myself. I think ucam-student-run.culture.dotat.at,
or whatever it is, still exists too.


Andrew
--
Andrew McDonald
andrew at mcdonald.org.uk
http://ban.joh.cam.ac.uk/~adm36/

Jonathan A. Buzzard

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In article <7h4go6$oro$1...@spruce.ukc.ac.uk>,

"Jonathan" <jonatha...@hotmail.com> writes:
> Robert Hart <rob...@sasallys.demon.co.uk> wrote in message
> news:373400B4...@sasallys.demon.co.uk...
>> Does anyone out there have any creative hostnames for their machines?
>
> I'm lumped with stuE123 for my machine (Uni given name), but the University
> has several nameing convensions.
> NT fileservers are castles - bodiam, drogo, corfe, knole (is that a castle?)
> and UNIX boxes are birds - pelican, falcon, kiwi, stork, merlin (is that a
> bird?)

Yep, a Merlin is a bird of prey, smallest of the British falcons. However
they are scare residents or summer vistors.


JAB.


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Northumberland, United Kingdom. Tel: +44(0)1661-832195

Jonathan A. Buzzard

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In article <373400B4...@sasallys.demon.co.uk>,

Robert Hart <rob...@sasallys.demon.co.uk> writes:
>
> Does anyone out there have any creative hostnames for their machines?
>

I use names from Greek mythology for the machines at work. Mostly Gods,
but a few other characters thrown in for good measure. I could not
resist Cerberus for the firewall for example, and Zeus is always good
for a file server.

The worst thing you can do is use people's names, and if you have lots
of machines a fixed scheme with an abbreviation for a department followed
by a number becomes much more managable.

I always find it useful to put a label bearing the name of the machine
on the monitor.

Michael McConnell

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On 9 May 1999, John Winters wrote:

> In article <373400B4...@sasallys.demon.co.uk>,


> Robert Hart <rob...@sasallys.demon.co.uk> wrote:
> >Was in the pub the other night with some friends, and the conversation
> >drifted on to machine host names. We all came to the conclusion that the
> >names of the machines we worked with at work all had the most boring
> >hostnames. For example, the one I deal with is called eri.
> >

> >Does anyone out there have any creative hostnames for their machines?
>

> My main server is called "unseen" partly as a nod to Pratchett, but
> mostly because it's hidden behind a desk. My firewall is called "xl5"
> obviously.

My machine is known to the Net as Eridani (ST and B5 reference in there).
Internally, I have:
192.168.96.1 Zeskia ; Long-standing joke with my gf ;)
192.168.96.2 dustball ; Almost disused 486DX2/66
192.168.96.3 escargot ; My 386DX40. Also gathering dust.
192.168.96.4 startledcat ; Reserved for my new, fast machine.
192.168.96.254 lagbox ; What else do you call an 8086 being used as a
print server? ;)

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MJ Ray

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"Jon Plews" <jonp...@dial.pipex.com> writes:

> Jon Plews (dreading being quoted out of context).

Why? It's not like it's sigfile fodder or anything...

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MJ Ray

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Does anyone else find site-wide naming conventions that look like
they're computer-generated offensive? Can we outlaw this practice as
cruel to (us|the machines)?

MJ Ray

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Chris Wilson <cp...@cam.ac.uk> writes:

> Can anyone remember any more of the characters?)

Dylan and the train are the only ones that come to mind. And wasn't
it Ermintrude? Where's »Zen and the Art of Roundabout Maintenance«
when you need it?

Aquarius

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Robert Hart spoo'd forth the following:

>Does anyone out there have any creative hostnames for their machines?

I seem to remember ucc.edu having a server called osaycan :-)

Aq.

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Jon Plews

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MJ Ray wrote in message <87ogjtn...@optiplex.localdomain>...

Shit, it does look good as a .sig doesn't it? It would
look better either without my name or with the context-
dread quote in though :-)

Jon Plews.


Dr Alun Moon

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Robert Hart wrote:
>
> Was in the pub the other night with some friends, and the conversation
> drifted on to machine host names. We all came to the conclusion that the
> names of the machines we worked with at work all had the most boring
> hostnames. For example, the one I deal with is called eri.
>
> Does anyone out there have any creative hostnames for their machines?
>
> Robert

I can play around with my machine at home as it's not connected to anything,

Currently it thinks it is

lunar.terra.sol

Unimaginative, I'm looking for a better pun...
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The Milkman wrote:
>
> Paul Grayson wrote:
>
> > <snip>
> > I used to deal with a now almost obsolete NOS under which it was
> > exceedingly difficult to rename a file server
>
> And what was the name of the obsolete OS? It would be interesting to find out..
>

Banyan VINES.

Although it can still be purchased, it has been 8 months since any
maintenance updates (in its heyday there was a new patch released almost
daily), and Banyan themselves have sold-out to Microsoft, offering plans
to move^H^H^H^H downgrade to NT to all customers.

Carl Windsor

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Robert Hart wrote:
>
> Does anyone out there have any creative hostnames for their machines?

I have just done a "host -l " on my university domain and can
equivocably say "no". God there are some boring people at our
uni :)

Our domain is named after Rusholmes finest, balti, bhuna, tikka,
korma, karahi, vindalo (sic), madras.

We also have a 44 proc machine which we call cerberus after the 2 headed
dog that guards the gates of Hades....quite apt as this is the machine I
do most of my work on :)

Other domains in the uni seem to be named after:

Cars: Vauxhall, cosworth, lambourgini, capri
Painters: kandinsky, monet, dali
Places in the Lake District: Kendal, keswick, coniston, penrith
Characters from sesame street: ernie, grover, oscar
Precious stones: diamond, ruby, saphire, opal, quartz
Characters from the Muppets: kermit, piggy, zoot, fozzie, animal, zoot,
gonzo

But 99% are along the lines of

pc001, pc002, pc003 .....
pc_cluster_001 .....
mark, julie, john, barry ....
admin1, admin2, admin3
windows, linux, winNT, riscos, unix, dos

Yawn
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Jim Farrand

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David Nutter wrote:

> Mine are all named after South Park characters.

Hey! That was my idea! :-)

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Robert Hart wrote:

> Does anyone out there have any creative hostnames for their machines?

Well, me and my housemates have a LAN, and the boxes are all named after
South Park characters. (Cartman, Kyle, Kenny, Mephesto...)

One of my friends has a similar set up, but they are named after brands
of beer.

At Uni the Unix lab computers are named after Roman emporers.

Richard Cohen

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On Mon, 10 May 1999 08:23:45 GMT, Jim Farrand <j...@farrand.net> wrote:
>Robert Hart wrote:
>
>> Does anyone out there have any creative hostnames for their machines?
>
>Well, me and my housemates have a LAN, and the boxes are all named after
>South Park characters. (Cartman, Kyle, Kenny, Mephesto...)
>
>One of my friends has a similar set up, but they are named after brands
>of beer.
>
>At Uni the Unix lab computers are named after Roman emporers.

Home network:
eddie (running as an X-term) - from Hitch-Hikers Guide
bigboy - server
bigblue - an *old* PS/2
coredump - test machine
octarine - Discworld reference
george - my machine, I had to think of a random name when I got it...
deepthought - another Hitch-Hikers fan
palm - assigned IP for my PalmIIIx
kernel-panic - another test box

Work machines:
scoplus4 (and any other word with sco in it)
pestle
wool
weasel
begbie (and other Trainspotting names)
tyne (and other rivers)

Uni machines (Liverpool Comp. Sci.):
world rivers (jordan, danube, amazon...) - student machines
seas of the moon (tranquility...) - staff machines
oceans (atlantic, pacific...) - file servers

Cheers
Richard

James Fidell

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Oh well, might as well join the thread...

When I was working at Netcom we named one group of hosts after Arthurian
characters; another after the seven deadly sins (not too scalable, that
one :) and another after breweries.

Others I've used in the past are curries and indian dishes and characters
from books, but I vetoed the names of the '66 England world cup squad.

James.
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David Damerell

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Andrew McDonald <ad...@cam.ac.uk> wrote:

>Paul Wright <paul-...@verence.demon.co.uk> wrote:
>>Andrew McDonald <ad...@cam.ac.uk> wrote:
>>>I'm stuck with my user id for my machine due to the naming rules here
>>>at St. John's when I originally applied for my IP address (although
>>>this is clearly in contravention of RFC 1178).
>>How do they feel about aliases? ISTR the Cambridge Debian contingent
>>used to dish them out. I don't know whether this is still true.
>I think the official view is that these are reluctantly tolerated.
>But I think that was after Ian said that he wouldn't remove CNAMEs
>even if requested by the machines owners,

_if_ he felt the request was made not because the owner wanted it removed,
but because of pressure from the CS. Basically, it was intended to give
the owner of a machine with a ucam.org address plausible deniability;
"look, I asked Ian to remove me and he wouldn't".

My personal favourite is oh.jesus.cam.ac.uk.
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lo...@my.sig

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In his obvious haste, Robert Hart <rob...@sasallys.demon.co.uk> babbled thusly:
: Was in the pub the other night with some friends, and the conversation

: drifted on to machine host names. We all came to the conclusion that the
: names of the machines we worked with at work all had the most boring
: hostnames. For example, the one I deal with is called eri.

: Does anyone out there have any creative hostnames for their machines?

Here at Keele, we have Frodo, bilbo and sam...

I've called my personal linux box Rincewind...
:)
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lo...@my.sig

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In his obvious haste, Jonathan <jonatha...@hotmail.com> babbled thusly:
: NT fileservers are castles - bodiam, drogo, corfe, knole (is that a castle?)

: and UNIX boxes are birds - pelican, falcon, kiwi, stork, merlin (is that a
: bird?)

Small bird of prey, IIRC.

: There's also several other names dotted about the network: speke,

Place near Liverpool

ward,

Part of a hospital, or area in UK elections???

: wallace, gromit,

You must know these.

: toucan,

Errr... That's a bird.

: scotney,

<shrug>

: aardvark,

Anteater.

: aurora,

Lights in the sky above the poles.

: minerva,

A godess... Wisdom???

chartwell,

<shrug>

: lark

Another bird.

and mercury,

Runny metal.
:)

: to name a few. I've no idea what half of them are!

You do now.
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In his obvious haste, Chris Wilson <cp...@cam.ac.uk> babbled thusly:
: Just to add a little more noise...

: Around me I have members of the Magic Roundabout, atm Zebedee, Dougal,
: Florence and Brian. (In the speck of my eye are Mr Rusty and Emertrude.
: Can anyone remember any more of the characters?)

Well... There was Buxton, the blue cat.
(from the feature length episode called "Dougal and the Blue cat"...)
A must see, if you've not seen it yet.

There was also Dillon (the stoned rabbit). How could anyone forget him?

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In his obvious haste, Iain A F Fleming <ia...@spider.com> babbled thusly:
: The Linux laptop is kororaa (the smallest penguin), up to Emperor (an old
: PERQ running PNX), and Jackass (which was my old AT&t 3B1). The Suns are
: Gentoo and Adelie. The old Whitehchapels were Magelanic and Chinstrap, but
: they've since left home.

Hows about naming the next new one "Feathers-McGraw"?

Ronny Adsetts

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Robert Hart wrote in message <373400B4...@sasallys.demon.co.uk>...

>Was in the pub the other night with some friends, and the conversation
>drifted on to machine host names. We all came to the conclusion that the
>names of the machines we worked with at work all had the most boring
>hostnames. For example, the one I deal with is called eri.
>
>Does anyone out there have any creative hostnames for their machines?
>
>Robert

Where I used to work, we had characters from Only Fools and Horses: dell;
rodney; trigger; and Rodneys Wife who's name eludes me at the moment. You
may have noticed that dell has two l's, well that was how it started - no
imagination, the machine was a Dell!

My slowly growing home network has hosts named after 'heroes' from Sci-Fi
books: arthur (Hitch Hikers) and jettero (Mission Earth). I'm still trying
to decide the name of the next machine, which will be a Linux fileserver.
Ideas welcome.

TTFN,
Ronny

lo...@my.sig

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In his obvious haste, Ronny Adsetts <ronny....@btinternet.com> babbled thusly:
: My slowly growing home network has hosts named after 'heroes' from Sci-Fi

: books: arthur (Hitch Hikers) and jettero (Mission Earth). I'm still trying
: to decide the name of the next machine, which will be a Linux fileserver.
: Ideas welcome.

How about "Wowbagger the infinately prolonged"?
:)
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Ronny Adsetts

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lo...@my.sig wrote in message <7h71pr$hvj$1...@cfs2.kis.keele.ac.uk>...

>In his obvious haste, Ronny Adsetts <ronny....@btinternet.com> babbled
thusly:
>: My slowly growing home network has hosts named after 'heroes' from Sci-Fi
>: books: arthur (Hitch Hikers) and jettero (Mission Earth). I'm still
trying
>: to decide the name of the next machine, which will be a Linux fileserver.
>: Ideas welcome.
>
>How about "Wowbagger the infinately prolonged"?
>:)


Pratchet I assume? (not read any ... yet!) I thought of using 'Jonny Goodboy
Tyler' but the thought of typing 'ping jonny-goo....' made me go dizzy just
with the thought of the effort involved!!

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Jim Farrand <j...@farrand.net> writes:

> David Nutter wrote:

> Hey! That was my idea! :-)

Eh! I kick you in the *nuts* :)

I shouldn't think our respective LANs will ever meet though...

Regards,

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