My Scheme

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  • The best naming scheme I ever saw was used at Digital Equipment Corporation's (DEC) western research facility outside of Seattle. It was called DEC WEST, but unofficially known as DEC WET. All of the hostnames related to wetness. Names were like these: moss, mold, rust, drip, drop, damp, slime, etc. It would be great if one of the many folks from that facility came along and contributed. --CJ 17:38, 27 Sep 2005 (CDT)
  • I work for a small company, and we use the Big Cats scheme on all our servers. It works pretty good, but doesn't scale past about 30 (something I'm going to have to deal with soon). On some of my build boxes and on my personal FreeBSD desktop (all our servers are FreeBSD as well), I use the Explosives theme. My desktop is thermite and my main test box is dynamite :) --drue 11:02, 26 Aug 2005 (CDT)
  • At home I use an odd naming scheme, I have boxes named: damaged, damned, twisted, scortched (My wife's computer, who sometimes goes by the online name "Dragon"), nailed, hosed, and routed. At work I use the old standby, Simpsons and Futurama. Futurama tends to be our workhorse and database servers, and the Simpsons are our web boxes. --DaiTengu 14:51, 21 Dec 2005 (CST)
  • My home computers use names based on Bishoujosenshi Sailormoon. The names currently in use are Luna (Luna is a black cat and Luna has a black case), Galaxia (it's an old Packard Bell so it gets an evil character's name), Mina (it was my primary computer for a long time, and I wanted my primary computer to bear my favorite senshi's name), and Hotaru (this character was sickly when first introduced, and this is the system I've had the most hardware trouble with). Artemis is a Buffalo USB 2.0 print server box. Artemis is a white male cat, despite the name. The box is white, and needed a name for networking purposes -- but it isn't a PC either. So it was the "not quite fitting in" theme that got the box this name. My workgroup name is CrystalTokyo. --Kaitlyn 11:46, 1 May 2006 (UTC)
  • All of my home computers are named after Pink Floyd Albums. I currently have DarkSide (my Toshiba notebook, which is my primary machine for gaming and taking to university), Meddle (My Sempron which I use for web browsing, bit-torrent and linux, it's named meddle because it spends a lot of it's time with an open case), DivisionBell (Named because it's my father's computer and it marks the point where he no longer has a user account on Meddle), WishYouWereHere (My old Pentium-MX which hasn't been used in 6 months). Eventually 2 more computers are planned, A cheap Dell server (Piper, named after Piper at the Gates of Dawn) and a high performance desktop (AtomHeartMother). --AppX 11:46, 4 June 2006 (GMT +800)
  • My home computers use Verdi's operas theme. As far as I provide a network for a few of my neighbors, I have 3 servers called: Nabucco, Otello, Falstaff. My desktop uses a name of Aida opera, and my laptop is Traviata. As far as there are more than 30 Verdi's operas, I'm not concerned of lack of names :). --Bluberd 10:14, 13 Oct 2006 (GMT +1).
  • I currently use Elements (Nitrogen, Boron, Carbon, Oxygen) for servers, and Gemstones (Diamond, Sapphire, Ruby) for client computers. Zevensoft 11:18, 4 December 2006 (CST)
  • At the School of Architecture in Stockholm, Sweden, we naturally named the computers after swedish architects (Celsing, Lewerentz, Asplund) /--Lightman 06:51, 7 July 2008 (CDT)
  • At work the large and loud servers are stars, PCs are planets (solar system [gas giants, terrestrial, dwarf, minor], extrasolar), and printers are moons. At home they're named for Firefly. For the work PCs I use, they're named to fit both schemes: Hera is a solar minor planet, and on Firefly it's the planet where Serenity Valley is; Osiris is an extrasolar planet and solar minor planet, and on Firefly it's the planet where the Tams grew up. --I am Jack's username 14:58, 26 July 2011 (CEST)
  • One of the first ISPs in Pittsburgh, Telerama used elephants as the scheme with servers named ivory, tusk, etc. My old home scheme was Oregon Rivers (trask, D, tillamook, tualatin, etc. Intel has used similar for cores); my current schemes for are colors from Wikipedia's list: orange, mangotango, pear, sandstorm, flame, ultramarine, pumpkin, cherry, folly (The Windows 8 beta test box) etc. -- Brendan K Callahan 13:17, 24 October 2012 (PDT)
  • On my home network I use X-Men names for all machines, and I try to match the name with either the box or the owner (My media PC, which is an all aluminum case, is "Colossus" and my main computer is my favorite "Longshot"). The hardware is named after things/places in the X-men universe (the WAP is "blackbird", the switch is "XSFTG" i.e. school for the gifted, printer is "mojoworld" ).
  • At work we use Alias characters since it was a show that the tech department all knew well/watched regularly. We started with the code names, and tried to match them with the service. ("Phoenix" was our first, "Merlin" was the little fellow)
  • At work, the host naming scheme once was Moons (charon, oberon, io), then someone decided to include planets by naming a server saturn. Then again, someone different generalized it to Planets/Stars with daystar (the evil one), and now it is "objects you can see in the sky", because someone named their host fledermaus (german for bat'). -- 02:21, 24 December 2015 (CET)
  • One of the institutes I studied at had a exceptional naming scheme for print servers. They had names like ing, ong, rof, laque, osh and ummel, and every new student wondered about the meaning at first. Until they used the UNIX lpr command to print something: lpr takes a parameter -P followed by the hostname of the print server without a space. This resulted in lpr parameters like -Ping, -Pong (the two most used printers) and -Prof (wich allowed printing only for professors).