Do you name inanimate objects?
I have friends who've named their GPS, or their Car, or their Bicycle, or their computer.
What objects have you named, and why?
Yes. Bug generally only cars, electronics that speak and stuffed animals.
My GPS is Charlie. My car is Maddie. And my almost 5ft tall stuffed giraffe is Max.
Oh, and my boot camp class named the rocking dinosaur on the playground Steve.
I've also been known to name things on the spur of the moment to entertain kids. Shoes are generally either George and Charlie or Edith and Myrtle...sometimes Statler and Waldorf, but only if I've been watching the muppets recently. The left shoe is generally English and the right shoe French and they speak with their respective (although not very good) accents. I was one banned from naming foods that my nephews were about to eat. But I think that was mostly because I made them beg for their lives and scream when eaten. My sister didn't really go for that. But the boys thought it was hilarious.read more collapse
Computers have names. I'm old, and that's the way it works. I've used naming schemes on networks ranging from parasites to Nobel Prize winning physicists (we added a second rule that said they had to be dead, and then made an exception for Hawking). When it comes to servers, in the business world, cleverness long ago left the scene. They usually get named something that reflects the purpose, and the location.
Here's an RFC on naming conventions for computers.
Wikipedia also weighs in: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hostname
For small networks, it's always easier if devices have memorable names.
This does lead me to wonder something, though. Amazon's cloud service has actually become 1% of all internet traffic (this is a very LARGE amount). Do instances have names? I'll bet they're not clever, or fun. I still have a copy of an old HOSTS file (last published in 92). Life was more colorful then.read more collapse
Here at City Hall for a long time the servers all had Star Trek inspired names. One was Spock, one was Kirk, one was Picard, etc. It was easy to tell someone where to look for files. Somebody thought that was unprofessional and had them changed to letters, it's harder to remember where files are.read more collapse
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