did you give your computer a name? why or why not? discuss
to answer myself, i have recently named my current computer Ether because I decided it was weird it didn't have a name. it is named after the Gang of Four song.
i have already decided if i can get my old laptop up and running again as a second computer it will be renamed (or rather named for the first time?) Conduit
@snoothy I named my laptop Sullivan, because I thought it seemed like it a good name for a thing to have.
@Algot that commercial is so annoying.
i've just been thinking about electronics and how attached we are to them and wondering if it is really to individual machines or just in more a general sense
i guess it's another way of asking- does the computer you have right now mean anything to you or could i replace it right now with a different computer (with the same age/specs, not a new one) without you caring at all?
I would care only because I'd need to go through the installation of all the software that I use...making it possible to love the technology for what I can do with it. Libre Software!
I "cared" about my TRS-80 enough to foolishly keep in in the cellar all these years since, sadly unused, but still liked.
Dozens of other machines have run in the middle, often more than one at a time (work, home, road). I've enjoyed some, disliked others, but never "loved" enough to name. Some have had a second skin of stickers, though.
@snoothy Most of my computers have been named after some feature of their case or appearance.
DeepBlue because it originally had very bright blue LED fans (and may need renaming now). Inky (my former PC) because it was in a black case. Gappy (my parents' computer) because I broke a drive slot cover and it has a permanent hole now.
I haven't named my laptop yet, because I'm not sure what distinguishes it yet, other than being a laptop.
@snoothy I probably just named them because the OS installer lets you customise it and it's a thing computers apparently should have.
(I guess it does make it easier to figure out what's what on the local network.)
i am really liking reading everyone's computer names, please keep them coming :)
@snoothy Servers are ~buildings - structural names for structural purposes. Working on a NAS dubbed "Alexandria," and I want to set up an HTPC too (tentatively "Broadway").
Personal computers are weapons, because they're tools for me to digitally enact my will... plus I'm a D&D nerd My Chromebook is "Stiletto" (slim and silent), and my current desktop is "Morningstar" (big and heavy). My last personal laptop was "Falchion," the design was all sharp angles.
I did, I named it "door" (from Neverwhere)
The sysadmins made me change it back to myname-laptop because there was an existing hostname and this enraged the puppet gods.
That existing host was actually a door.
"door" is a terrible hostname for a door IMO
@snoothy I name my devices after minerals, usually ores that yield something relevant. It's more a designation of convenience than personality, and a bit of "hello this is what kind of nerd I am" for anyone finding me on a network.
My laptop is Boehmite, my phone is Bastnäsite, my Kindle is Galena.
bugs! they've all got bug-ish names
it started when I named one I built the big old bug (after the flaming lips song), and then I realized that various sorts of arthropod (well, insects and arachnids, mostly) nicely express the characteristics of different computers