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Foxen
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I got to wondering what other people use for naming their computers, how your home networks are set up, and how division of labor among your computers is, if any.

I guess Ill start.

for names, I choose whatever fits my fancy. I never used to reuse names but I had one system that was so reliable and good I just had to honor its memory by keeping its name (I used to change names of systems when I upgraded most major parts)

Demia
main gaming box (and intranet file server too for now)
this is my old faithful, best comp I ever owned. back with original motherboard.
it's an athlon xp 1800+ for now.
winXP pro

Phobos
internet server, sold the hd, being rebuilt.
this is a great mega reliable box I got a half a year ago.
dual P3-600 1GB ECC/buffered SDram
FreeBSD 6.0-RELEASE

Toshi
my workstation and newest acquisition.
I got it just a few days ago, I got a check from disability for money they neglected to pay me years ago, so I got it used. wanted a lappy just like this for years.
P3M-1Ghz toshiba TE2000
WinXP, FreeBSD 6, DOS 6.22

Toshi (retired)
traded my main gaming box for this, it wasnt a good trade. its an HP ze5165, 2Ghz P4. don't get an HP laptop, dont get a P4, and dont get a laptop with a desktop cpu in it, ever. I learned the hard way. yick. (a gift for my lifemate since she seems to want it badly)

roto-router
Linksys WRT-54GS v2.0 with DD-WRT linux based firmware
not much else to say but my wireless router... only penguin in this house, and I want it to stay that way.

various other bits and bobs, none of which are really set up right now, but I want to set up a dedicated file server, demia needs to just be a gaming box... need another to run various long term drudge work too.
Re: computers - division of labor, home networks, naming of systems [message #4442] Thu, 23 February 2006 05:09 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Brooke  is currently offline Brooke
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The naming scheme should be obvious...

Boskone:
Toshiba Tecra 8200 with docking ststion, running (ick) WinXP because that's what it had when I got it. Has 2 gig Jaz drive, 250 meg Zip drive, DVD burner and 200 gig external HD attached. Main system until Eddore gets back up.

Eddore:
Athlon 2700+ ASUS A7V333 motherboard. Running Win2k. Down because Easy CD Creator messed up on an upgrade and wiped out Win 2K's ability to see DVD-ROM/CD-RW.

It'll be the main system when it's back up.

Ploor:
AMD K6/2-300 running Win98SE. Used for running the weather station, Fidonet over the Internet and some other "background" tasks. Will be turned into drive cloning system for workbench.

Thrale:
Toshiba Portege 330 laptop, Win98SE. Currently out of service because it got dropped and broke the PCMCIA slots. So no ethernet or wi-fi. Sad

Arisia:
AMD K6/2-500 running OS/2 Warp 4, used for running old DOS programs, processing fidonet mail and files and uucp mail.

TD-3:
Intergrapgh TD-3 running Netware 3.1. Will be replaced by a dual pentium 200 NW4 server with raid array. Fidonet & uucp files live here, as well as misc other stuff.

unnamed 486-66 DX2
Runs Frontdoor for dialup Fiodonet connections and for uucp link.

"UsbServer":
Linksys NSLU-2 with 80 gig HD attached. Used as MP3 asnd photo storage. Accessible over the Internet to friends.

A MultiTech RouteFinder 550 acts as router and firewall. It connects to the cable modem and the Intel 10/100 switches plug into it, as does the Motorola wireless router.

There are also miscellaneous things like printer servers on the network. And the Phillips Velo 1 handhelds I use for various things.

On the "to do" list are a dual CPU Linux box and a Cobalt Raq-4 server. As well as some Macs.
Re: computers - division of labor, home networks, naming of systems [message #4444] Thu, 23 February 2006 06:27 Go to previous messageGo to next message
rachel.greenham  is currently offline rachel.greenham
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Foxen wrote on Wed, 22 February 2006 10:53

I got to wondering what other people use for naming their computers, how your home networks are set up, and how division of labor among your computers is, if any.

I guess Ill start.

for names, I choose whatever fits my fancy. I never used to reuse names but I had one system that was so reliable and good I just had to honor its memory by keeping its name (I used to change names of systems when I upgraded most major parts)


An OS reinstall is usually enough to trigger a name-change here. The machine has a new soul, you see...

We used to have a Pratchett naming scheme wayback, with:

colon
Slow but reliable IRC server.

carrot
My workstation. Very tall, and wider at the top than the bottom, especially with the 8-disc CD changer sitting on top

angua
My laptop

gaspode
VMWare-guest Windows install, I think.

hex
Main server.

cheery/cheri
A strawberry iMac revision B, dual-booting, in Linux and Mac OS modes, respectively.

deworde
Printer sharer device

... and so on. I forget a lot of them; we had a lot of machines here at one time and got through a lot of character names. We certainly had a vetinari, nobby, detritus and luggage.

Currently I have a mythical/magical creatures theme, although there's at least one exception, and some of these machines have since gone to other homes.

selkie
ADSL router / Mini-ITX EPIA5000 box running IPCop. Fanless, diskless, and completely silent, and the name is a play on the previous router's name, "smoothie" when it was running Smoothwall.

pixie
Another Mini-ITX EPIA5000 box running Gentoo; is currently our everything-server since dullahan died on me and I haven't yet migrated stuff back to minx. It's very small and would be silent but has a hard drive.

ganceann
My Linksys VOIP box. Google tells me Ganceann is "The love talker in Irish folklore known as the Ganceann who fooled with the heads of silly maidens."

minx
Not really a mythical creature, but I couldn't resist. My Mac Mini.

aughisky
The Windows XP instance occasionally running in Virtual PC on minx. Oddly I think the world has changed on me, as the definitions I now see for 'aughisky' match those I had in my head for 'pooka'. Which matters because:

pooka
My Powerbook. (15" tiBook)

ariel
More Shakespearean than actually mythical, this is my wireless router, an Airport Express.

yenaldooshi
Yenaldooshi is a Navajo word meaning 'skin-walker', for a shaman/shapeshifter who gains extraordinary powers through breaking a taboo. This is my iMac Core Duo with 2GB RAM and 2x20" Apple displays (one of them in the iMac of course). Smile

Gone from this realm, to a new home in the North:

sidhe
My old Linux workstation - Gentoo, Athlon-TBird 1.3GHz, 1GB RAM. Lovely fast machine that was. Now it's called 'cauldron' in someone else's naming scheme.

dullahan
Inherited/acquired Powerbook (15" tiBook) with a nonfunctioning screen and a tendency to crash, even in Linux, so more hardware faults suspected. Was not loved in its previous life.

I also got enough big external hard drives to require a naming scheme for them alone. Couldn't call them *all* 'vault' as it was getting silly. A rough big-mythic-narrative scheme.

eisteddfod (250Gb Netstation, so this is a hostname too)
mabinogion (200Gb SATA-in-USB2 enclosure, currently broken. May live again as SATA on pixie, with bits badblocked out)
mahabharata (300Gb SATA-in-multiformat-enclosure, currently firewire)
silmarillion (250Gb Lacie-Porsche firewire)

(Yes, that's a Terabyte, and when you add in the internal drives too it's more like 1.4Tb. And a Gigglebit switch...)

Smile

[Updated on: Thu, 23 February 2006 06:32]


Rachel
Re: computers - division of labor, home networks, naming of systems [message #5039] Sun, 18 February 2007 16:36 Go to previous messageGo to next message
mkemp  is currently offline mkemp
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Nothing very exotic nor as extensive as the others:

Left side of the system rack (aluminum tube and plastic connector bookshelf):
"Win2k" - Primary workstation - Dell Optiplex GX300, dual 933 P-III, 13g and 30g IDE drives. Currently loaded with Win2000, will be renamed to "major" when I migrate it to WinXP. The 30g drive is about half full of various drivers and manuals.

Top row, left to right:
"spider" - former Apache server (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) - Homebuilt 650 p-III with four 4.5g SCSI drives. Replaced by "spider2" and will be removed from the rack Real Soon Now.

"dunce" - Win98 workstation - Homebuilt 1gHz Celeron (Dell Dimension system board) with two 10g IDE drives. Really useful for formatting bootable floppies.

"dopey" - Debian workstation - Homebuilt 1.2gHz Athlon, one 10g IDE drive.

"386" - IBM DOS 2k and Win 3.11 workstation - Homebuilt 40mz 386 with 32mb RAM. Used for burning EPROMs and has both 3.5 and 5.25-inch floppies.

Middle row:
"ironman" - Debian server - Homebuilt dual 1gHz P-III, 1gb RAM, RAID-0 (mirroring) dual 9.1g SCSI drives, RAID-5 array of 5 36g SCA drives. Used for building kernels for other Linux boxen and running the Hercules s/390 (mainframe) emulator.

"backups" - backup server (Debian) - HP Celebris GL-2 dual 333mHz P-II, two 8.4g IDE drives, three SCSI 4mm tape drives.

"spider2" - current Apache server (Debian) - HP PC-646, dual 333mHz P-II, two 8.4g IDE drives.

"portcullis" - DNS, VPN, NTP server (Debian) - HP Kayak, dual 333mHz P-II, four 4.3g SCSI drives. Was loaded with SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 until a power glitch clobbered the /usr file system.

Bottom:
"tinyblue" - Win2k3 server - IBM Netfinity 5600 - dual 1gHz P-III, 1.25gb RAM. One 9.1g SCSI drive and a RAID-5 array of 6 36g SCA drives.

On the top of the rack I have a 16-port Belkin KVM switch to control them, a printer and a wireless access point.

I have a pile of other miscellaneous stuff around but this is what I have running on a regular basis.
Re: computers - division of labor, home networks, naming of systems [message #5040] Sun, 18 February 2007 17:25 Go to previous messageGo to next message
rachel.greenham  is currently offline rachel.greenham
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Oh, are we updating? Smile

My network has actually shrunk. Got rid of some old kit. These days:

yenaldooshi - as before

peri - Black Macbook

nixe - Mac Mini Core Duo, TV/media box in the living room

selkie - as before

ariel - as before

petrel - Nokia E70 (Yes, it's a phone. It also does voip via my home network Smile )

aughisky - Win XP install in VMWare Fusion beta

pingu - Linux install in VMWare Fusion beta

I no longer run internet services from my house, rather having my G4 Mac Mini (then called minx, now called nuno and running Linux) in a colo centre doing that stuff.


Rachel
Re: computers - division of labor, home networks, naming of systems [message #5041] Mon, 19 February 2007 01:43 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Several of my systems are down for repairs currently (running continuously for *years* will do that...)

But Eddore has been re-incarnated as a ASUS A8N???? motherboard with a Athlon 1700 CPU (to be replaced with a 3400 when I can track one down). It's got a 250 gig drive with a second in a removable rack for backing it up. I may have to get an SATA controller so I can put bigger drives in it.

When I open in up sometime soon, the memory is getting upgraded to several gigabytes.

And I dn't think I listed my Dana Wireless in the old list. It got named "Scully" for reasons which should be obvious.
Re: computers - division of labor, home networks, naming of systems [message #5042] Mon, 19 February 2007 20:26 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Amy!  is currently offline Amy!
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Hmmm.

I'm not going to mention hardware specifics, since the thread is talking about naming schemes and division of labor. That seems more interesting to me than giving fodder to a potential size war.

So: my naming scheme, since I first realized that computers ought to be named, is based on the countries in a fictional world (and the world itself is the domain name). There are somewhere between four and eleven novels set in that world (no, there's no way that you can read them, sorry), depending on how you count, and that means that most of the places have potentially well-known character.

So, my major gateway is traditionally "marajen", which is the major seaport/trading center on the shiromiran continent. The print servers or networked printers are typically named for countries with a tradition of scholarship, in some sense. My usual laptop always has the same name, which is a country know for its isolation from even its nearest neighbors (amusingly enough, my pda and now my phone is named for the rocky prominences in the sea off the coast of the same country).

The various routers and access points, when they are visible to be named (they aren't, always, depending) are typically named for other centers of transshipping.

My major workstation is always ydhegar (just 'cause it's my favorite place in talsever, not because it necessarily makes sense); the file server (which is typically used for backups and the like) is always named for a notable fortress. My box in colo is actually named for a region which is best known as a particularly bloody battlefield (it's a traditional avenue of invasion).

At its largest, my home network was up to fourteen, plus two or three laptops (I only know this because there were two unoccupied slots on a pair of eight-port switches, but that probably means that there were fewer than fourteen, by [some number], since the switches were bridged together and the ap was connected as well), but I've been trying to cut down. I currently have three machines that run constantly: marajen, merthred, and ydhegar (gateway, server, and workstation, respectively), plus a powertoy, along with printers and aps and other people's machines.

Until around 1999 or so, I tried to keep a windows machine on the network, but the combination of "product activation" and the fact that I didn't touch existing installations except to reboot them every few months when they wedged themselves ended up convincing me to not bother, when work stopped requiring it and the current victim machine started to fail. I use os x when my hardware supports it, linux (debian, sometimes ubuntu, brief and unhappy flirtation with gentoo) otherwise. Mostly arches in the 386 family (with a notable preference for AMD), except for PowerPC and Alpha dabbling.

Now ... in the process, I used to find myself with random spare parts, typically "just a purchase or two" from making another computer ... so I think I've built more than twenty (but *probably* less than thirty) computers for various other friends, relatives, and acquaintances. Is that unusual? A friend of mine was claiming that it is, but I was thinking ... really not any different than any other craft hobby, like sewing or leatherwork or something.

Amy!
Re: computers - division of labor, home networks, naming of systems [message #5051] Wed, 21 February 2007 19:35 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I wasn't trying to start a "mine is bigger than yours" contest.

I started out naming machines by operating system (Win2k, Win98, Win2k3), then transitioned to slightly whimsical names:
'portcullis' for the entry port,
'spider' for web server,
'dunce' for Win98 workstation 'cause '98 really is dumb,
'dopey' for the Debian Linux workstation to follow suit,
'tinyblue' as a play on Big Blue for the IBM Netfinity,
'ironman' as an indicator that it'll run the Hercules S/390 emulator (S/390 = mainframe = 'big iron').

I'm thinking of calling the firewall 'maginot' when I get it running (the hardware router does okay for the moment), except that its namesake didn't do too well during the last European Unpleasantness.

I plan to change the name of my main Win2k workstation when I load it WinXP; maybe 'major' or 'novel'.

'backups' is rather plain and descriptive, maybe I'll rename it sticky as a reference to Scotch tape or something.

I don't have the laptops on the network yet. One is an R40 Thinkpad and the other is a probably-repairable DELL that my brother gave me.
Re: computers - division of labor, home networks, naming of systems [message #6686] Fri, 08 April 2011 13:33 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Just for the hell of it I thought I would resurrect this - see if you can spot the theme.

First PC was called Buffy and was bought shortly after the current events in Tuck - but was retired a few years later.

Second PC was my first home build and was also called Buffy because it entirely replaced the previous PC as my only system, running Win98 for its sins, but then it was mainly for gaming.

Third PC was a first gen AMD dual-core running WinXP, so I called it Willow & Tara. It took over from Buffy as the main system, but this time Buffy was kept in service as back up and as a proto-media centre.

But Buffy's role eventually changed to a full back up file server running Ubuntu and so was renamed Giles. Buffy still exists as a dual boot option, but hasn't been dug up in years.

When I got a netbook for travelling it was called Xander.

I got my younger sister's dodgy old PC and converted it into a media centre, so of course it was called Dawn. Unfortunately the machine was so dodgy it wouldn't run mythbuntu so I have had to use WinXP.

I have recently switched Willow & Tara to running Win 7 64 bit as I mainly use them for gaming. But some software just doesn't like it so I have been playing with VMs on Virtual Box, called Anya and Anyanka for the Ubuntu and WinXP VMs respectively.

Jen
Re: computers - division of labor, home networks, naming of systems [message #6689] Fri, 08 April 2011 13:49 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Ummm...could it be based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer? the Scoobies in particular? Wink
Re: computers - division of labor, home networks, naming of systems [message #6711] Sat, 09 April 2011 06:16 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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iWindoze wrote on Fri, 08 April 2011 18:49

Ummm...could it be based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer? the Scoobies in particular? Wink


Very Happy

Actually I was wondering what Tuck and co thought of BtVS, it originally started broadcasting around chapter 20-21. Its probably not got a large enough main cast for a group Halloween theme until the later seasons though.

Jen
Re: computers - division of labor, home networks, naming of systems [message #6747] Mon, 11 April 2011 21:20 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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For a group costume set, I (just now) kind of liked the Alice In Wonderland (Gothic or not), if you could get the Pack girls to do anything that George was doing.

As for Buffy, youbetcha. And I think Mike et al. will thence have an answer to Real Genius' "Can you hammer a six inch spike through a board with your penis?"

Ellen
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Re: computers - division of labor, home networks, naming of systems [message #6774] Wed, 20 April 2011 15:30 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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One of the major reasons I need proofers/Contributing Editors is that sometimes I get too cute or too clever even for MYSELF.

Ellen Hayes wrote on Tue, 12 April 2011 02:20

And I think Mike et al. will thence have an answer to Real Genius' "Can you hammer a six inch spike through a board with your penis?"


It took me six reads, a mere eight days after writing this, to realize that what I meant was, Mike et al could now inquire, "Can you catch a throwing knife thrown at your face, before it sticks?"

Meanwhile, I should NOT start thinking of how Mike could rise to the Real Genius Genital Challenge... no bad bad stop no.

Ellen
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Re: computers - division of labor, home networks, naming of systems [message #6775] Wed, 20 April 2011 19:13 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Ellen,

I was a bit confused with your earlier post and actually I am still by your latest post. Must be a reference I don't get or I'm being particularly dense.

Its been a very hot day and I think I must be part troll because my brain stops working if it gets too warm.

Jen
Re: computers - division of labor, home networks, naming of systems [message #6787] Thu, 21 April 2011 21:55 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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The Real Genius ref is actually floating around as a vid clip on youtube (or it used to be). Girl asking guy "can you hammer a spike thru a board with your penis?" (Implying that if he can't she's not interested)

And the throwing knife bit is a ref to the scene in the original Buffy movie where the guy throws the knife at Buffy and when she complains "You threw a knife at me!" he replies "And you *caught* it!"
Re: computers - division of labor, home networks, naming of systems [message #6802] Thu, 28 April 2011 06:07 Go to previous message
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Oh only watched the movie once and barely remember it.

Cheers for the info.

Jen
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