Computer Naming

Pretty much anyone who runs a computer network has to figure out some way to refer to each computer to make it easier to communicate between them. Various naming schemes I’ve seen include chess pieces (queen, knight, rook, etc.), planet names (Saturn, Jupiter, Endor, etc.) and many others.

Being an astronomy buff I decided to go with star names, beginning with the Summer Triangle – Vega, Altair, and Deneb. Polaris is the name of the North star. I had to search to find the names Yed (from the Arabic for “hand”) and Saiph (Arabic for “sword”). I wanted them to be short, distinct and kind of related to their function. The last two don’t fit in the scheme, but the one is an iMac and the other from CL. To keep in the same theme, the wireless networks I run are called TDRS-North, TDRS-South (for up- and downstairs) and TDRS-East. Another computer on the network is called Arecibo (for the radio telescope) because it is connected to the Amateur Radio station.

My Computers

[Vega] Apple 15″ Powerbook G4
(1.5 GHz PowerPC G4, 1Gb PC2700 DDR SDRAM, 80G, Superdrive, and ATI Mobility Radeon 9700)
[Polaris] Dell Precision 530
(Dual 2.2 GHz Xeon, 1Gb RDRAM, 200GB IDE, 2x 18Gb SCSCI, NVIDIA Quadro4 700 XL, and SoundBlaster Audigy 2 ZS) with 19″ Samsung LCD, Razer Viper mouse and M$ Natural Keyboard
[Altair] Custom – CoolerMaster ATCs case
(Dual Pentium 4 1GHz, 512 SDRAM, NVDIA)
[Deneb] Custom
(Dual 1GHz Pentium 4, 512 Mb SDRAM)
[Yed] Dell GX150
(1.13GHz Pentium 4, 512 Mb SDRAM, 250Gb) Webserver
[Saiph] Dell GX150
(1GHz Pentium 4, 512 Mb SDRAM, 40Gb) Firewall/Router
[iMac] Apple 15″ iMac ‘Daisy/Lamp’
(800 MHz PowerPC G4, 512 Mb SDRAM, 80Gb)
[CL] Dell
(1GHz Pentium 4, 512 Mb SDRAM, 80Gb)

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