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What's In A Name?

Following the Planet Ubuntu MEME, I've already blogged about the computers on my network, and why I name them the way I do. See my first post, second post and third post on the subject. Since the last post, there have been some updates to the computers on my network.

First, Hercules gave up the ghost. My old, faithful HP Pavilion laptop is no more. I can't yet take the DNS entry out, nor can I give up his IP address from my DHCP server, so as it sits, he'll be forever carved into my network structure.

Second, Windows found an appropriate place in our home, which would actually be NOT in our home. Since removing Windows from the desktop, there was no need for dual booting, so Janus became Poseidon. Why Poseidon? Poseidon is the god of the seas, oceans and water in general, as well as the god of horses and earthquakes. However, Poseidon is also the brother of Zeus and Hades. Due to my sadistic play, with me acting as Zeus and my network Hades, and the fact that that box is the oldest box on the network, it seemed appropriate to name him such.

Thirdly, there's also been a new box added to the network, a brand-spanking new iMac. I decided that all Mac computers will get Greek goddess names. Because my wife will mainly be using the computer, and Hera is the wife of Zeus, Hera seemed an appropriate fit for the iMac.

Lastly, I found that my Vonage gateway was stealing the IP address reserved for Hera. So, I needed a name for the Vonage gateway as well, which I hadn't thought was necessary. Tartarus was chosen. I have no reason, other than it was the first name that came to me when trying to pick one. It will likely be changed to something more fitting.

Also, my cell phone, a Palm Centro, felt left out, so it acquired the name Hermes, the god of boundaries and travelers who cross them (very fitting for myself).

So, for the computers on my network, the updated view is as follows:

Me: Zeus
Domain: Cocytus
Firewall/Router: Hades
Active computers: Achilles, Athena, Helios, Hera, Kratos, Poseidon
Retired computers: Hercules
Phone gateway: Tartarus
Cell phone: Hermes

{ 4 } Comments

  1. Herman Bos | September 12, 2008 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    funny enough we had a discussion at work today about how people name their servers. Greek gods got elected as most lame and unorgininal. Several votes went up for porn star names, of which one specially for stars from the midget porn scene. But in the end we were quite happy that we have very functional names which describe what kind of server it is and where it is located.

    That last naming scheme is the only thing i can recommend. Keep it functional, especially cool if your serverspark expands.

  2. Etienne Goyer | September 12, 2008 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    I have to agree with Herman above: the Greek mythology naming scheme is everywhere. At least, Aaron, you did not name your firewall Cerberus ... 😀

  3. Vadim P. | September 12, 2008 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    My laptop is called "ubuntu-laptop".

    Can't get more descriptive than that!

  4. Aaron | September 12, 2008 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, I know the Greek God naming scheme is lame. So?

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