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My Home Network

Who else does this? In my network, I have come up with a little scenario, where I get to play the Greek god Zeus. In my fantasy network world, I have named the router in my network after my brother Hades. As such, any computer that resides behind that router, I have decided to be named after a Greek or Roman god. As such, being Zeus, I get to thrust these gods into hell at my own whim. However, I am careful to name my gods after the hardware that they are occupying:

  • Achilles: My sever. He serves the needs of HTTP, Jabber, IMAP, SSH, IRC and many others. In Greek mythology, he was the hero of the Trojan War. This server provides me will all the services I need on my network. However, as strong as Achilles was, he had a weakness. His heel proved to be his demise. This server, as great as it is, is merely a Pentium 3 700 with 384MB RAM. It's weak compared to todays hardware. He is running Ubuntu Dapper Drake 6.06.1 LTS
  • Athena: My wife's laptop. In Greek mythology, she was the goddess of wisdom and philosophy. My wife has been nothing but wisdom in our marriage, and I figured the name was very fitting. The laptop is an Apple iBook G4, thus entirely white. Greek gods and goddesses are typically depicted wearing white robes. When traveling with me to work, she is renamed to "athena2" as a computer on the network already exists with that hostname. She is running Mac OS X Tiger.
  • Hades: The NAT firewall and 4-port wireless router. I chose the name Hades initially, as he is the Greek god of the underworld. In modern times, we usually refer to Hades as a place, rather that the god, meaning hell. Because of the firewall, I thought it appropriate to name it Hades representing the lake of fire and brimstone. After naming the router, I found it fun to thrust these great Greek gods into hell for my amusement. It has stuck since. The router is a Linksys WRT54G running OpenWRT firmware.
  • Hercules: My faithful laptop. He goes wherever I go doing what I need done. In Greek mythology, he was the son of Zeus, and the greatest of the Greek heroes. He was the strongest hardware that I had at the time of his purchase. I chose the Roman equivalent, rather than the Greek spelling Heracles, as it is a laptop with modified HP hardware. He has since had hardware problems, and will serve me as my IRC and database server, as well as a backup for Achilles. He is currently running Ubuntu Feisty Fawn 7.04, although, he will become the second Ubuntu Dapper Drake 6.06.1 LTS in hell.
  • Janus: This is my desktop. In Roman mythology, Janus was a god with two heads. He was the god of gates, doorways, beginnings and endings. Because my desktop dual-boots between Windows XP (for my wife) and Ubuntu Feisty Fawn 7.04, I found the Roman god to be fitting. Other than the dual nature of the desktop, not much is shared with the character of Janus (maybe my wife will "end" her Windows XP need, and "begin" with Ubuntu in her computing (that's stretching it)).
  • Kratos: My new laptop (arriving Monday). I chose Kratos for a two-fold reason. First, Kratos was one of the Titans, son of Styx and Pallas. He is the god of strength and power. This new laptop (I chose the T61), is loaded with top-of-the-line hardware, full of processing power, and plenty of RAM. Kratos later became the right hand man of Zeus, doing Zeus' bidding in exact obedience. This laptop will do my every bidding going wherever I go. His main operating system is still undetermined at this point.

Below is an image depicting the network. Now tell me, does anyone else go to these lengths when naming their boxes? I would be curious of other naming schemes if they exist.


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