how do you name your electronic devices?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by einsteinium, Sep 23, 2003.

  1. einsteinium macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2003
    I was curious how everyone named their machines... I personally follow the scheme of naming them after famous female royalty (e.g. Elizabeth, Isabella, Catherine, etc...)
  2. etoiles macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2002
    Where the air is crisp
    Totally unoriginal, I know

    mine are slowpc, boxx, and soon PB12 (or something the like)... just to recognize them on the network. I don't really feel any need to anthropomorphize my computers. Call me crazy. :p
  3. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    I used to use Star Trek ship and engineering names. I used to have a machine called Warpspeed. The main file server in my house is called Warpcore, and its disk volumes are Warp 1, and Warp 2. I had a smaller PC in the same room, it was called Runabout.

    More recently I named after cars. My first laptop was Lexus because it was a compact, expensive and powerful computer (at the time). I replaced it with a widescreen, much faster and more powerful, and also more expensive, laptop -- and called it Hummer.

    I also have some boring-ish but functional names: my subnotebook is called Traveller, and a home-automation PC is called Sentinel.

    I'm waiting on a 12" Powerbook to replace Traveller ... not sure what I'm going to call it. Any ideas? :)
  4. baby duck monge macrumors 68000

    baby duck monge

    Feb 16, 2003
    Memphis, TN
    mine are named by their function/whatever is holding my interest at the time.

    laptop is called "God Kills a Kitten" because of a certain picture that floats around the 'net from time to time.

    old imac is now called "All Your Bass" (all your base are belong to us...) as it funcions primarily as a music machine. coincidentally, that was also the name of one of my radio shows...
  5. Lord Bodak macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2003
    Chesapeake, VA USA
    Mine have been Biblical names for a long time now. My 486 Linux firewall is Solomon and my Pentium Linux desktop is Malachi. Still debating what to name the PowerBook-- maybe Joshua but I'm not sure yet.
  6. rhpenguin macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2003
    London, Ontario
    I name mine after greek godesses and hot chicks. Like my iBook is calle Morgan after this really hot chick im chasing.
  7. alset macrumors 65816


    Nov 9, 2002
    East Bay, CA
    My boot drive on my primary machine is Fantismo. The rest of the drives are Hobbes (same icon as my avatar - Fantismo is Stupendous Man, btw), Dogcow (guess the icon) and Music Machine for my Logic and Reason files (the icon is two eighth notes).

    My iBook is iSpiff (Spaceman Spiff icon) and my server (old graphite G4) has Graphite (boot drive) and Storage (guess what that is). My external FW drive is simply called FW Drive.

  8. mattmack macrumors 6502a


    Dec 12, 2002
    San Francisco Area
    If you are going Biblical wouldn't the powerbook be Jesus:)
  9. Lord Bodak macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2003
    Chesapeake, VA USA
    For saving me from the evil PCs, I suppose Jesus would be a good choice :D
  10. idea_hamster macrumors 65816


    Jul 11, 2003
    NYC, or thereabouts
    I use the last names of historical figures commonly known by their first names only.

    I don't use "Bonaparte" because Napoleon's last name is pretty well known, but that would be an example.

    The current cast includes "Buonarroti" and "Allighieri", among others.
  11. redAPPLE macrumors 68030


    May 7, 2002
    2 Much Infinite Loops
  12. MacBoyX macrumors 6502


    Jan 3, 2003
    East Coast, USA
    I use Simpsons names, my PC is called Homer (D'oh)

    The rest of my Macs are Bart, Lisa and Marge.

  13. KBFinFan macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2003
    Connecticut, USA
    My pc is called TurboBrick after a nickname for older turbo Volvos (which I am also a fan of as are others

    However, I am thinking about naming my new laptop after Apples.. I was thinking Ida Red. Even though it technically is a Macintosh computer I like the Apple naming..
  14. SiliconAddict macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Its all about them big cats.

    Lets see.
    Ocelot is my home server.
    Tiger is my Latitude laptop
    Puma is my Dell Optiplex desktop
    Lynx is my Toshiba laptop

    I have yet to figure out what my G5 17" PowerBook will be but it looks like I have plenty of time to figure that out. :( The obvious name would be Panther but I'm thinking maybe Saber Tooth. It sound WAY cooler. :)

    Computers are the only things I name and even then I don't call my desktop or laptop by name because, *shrugs* it sounds weird. :p I’ve never been able to get that moron in Hackers the movie out of my mind where he jumps at his computer yelling Lucie while the Feds are taking it away. Sad. Very sad. ;)
  15. Abraxsis macrumors 6502


    Sep 23, 2003
    I name my computers with various names from Stargate the movie and Stargate SG-1. My current laptop is Bra-tac and my new PB will be Chappai' (Goa-uld name for the Stargate). I figure it is appropriate seeing it should be able to take me anywhere I want to go. My router is "Asgard" for the race known as the Asgard in SG-1.
  16. patrick0brien macrumors 68040


    Oct 24, 2002
    The West Loop
    -Anient names relating to Gods, Philosphers, and literary names that match the personality of the device.

    Old 7200/90: Gherico
    PMG4 dual450: Jobe
    PM QS766: Gabriel
    PB12: Frodo
    IBM 760XL: Hippocrates
    AEBS: NORAD (the one exception)
    Nokia 3650: Hermes

    Soon to come, IBM T40 Centrino: Hydra? Sauron? Morgoth? - can't decide until I get it.
  17. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    Well, I'm trying to come up with a naming convention. I leaning toward all things Hawaiian (My Birthplace), My TiBook is named Waipahu, after a city on Oahu near where I grew up. I'm still tring to come up with a good name for my new iPod (When It Arrives). However, I've used several differend names for the computers I have used. And I do reffer to the Apple Equipment by name, its easier to interact with the system, when you give it a name and us it.

    TiBook: Waipahu
    Newton (MP100/OMP): Bob (As in TEG, Waipahu, and Bob - a play off of "God, The Devil, and Bob")

    Last PC (2000-2001): Emissary
    PC (1998-2000): Sulu
    Old 386 (Made by DTK): DiTkA

    Dads old PC: Smeg!

    Mom now uses Sulu and Dad used Emissary. DiTkA met its demise by sledgehammer to circuit board. BTW: They both want a Mac, just can't afford it yet, and can't decide to get 1 or 2.

  18. SiliconAddict macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Stargate SG-1 Greatest TV series EVER! Even better then ST:TNG which is saying a lot at least IMHO. Makes me kinda proud that Anderson is a Minnesotan. (Why do you think there are all those Minnesota comments by Anderson in the show?!?) :D
  19. patrick0brien macrumors 68040


    Oct 24, 2002
    The West Loop

    How about Macapu'u after the best bodysurfing beach in the world - seems apt for an iPod to me.

    Or Puu O'o after the vent on Hawaii itself.
  20. slowtreme macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2003
    Tampa FL
    I always use the names of weapons in Quake games.


  21. frescies macrumors regular

    Dec 9, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA

    I dont NAME my computers, but I do seem to CALL them names when I get upset at them, in which case my computers have many names, some of them sharing a few:

    Piece of S***!
  22. Counterfit macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
    My Beige G3 is Teh beige0r, with the boot partition named Master (soon to be Pimp). The second partition is Bitch, and the soon-to-be-installed 120GB drive will be Whore, then next the drive will probably be Slut.
    My 15" PB is Silver Surfer, as it's silver, and I surf the web waaay too much. The HD is named Recepticle, simply because "Macintosh HD" is rather bland.
    My parent's iMac is Yoda because it's small and green. The boot partition there is "Central Control" as a holdover from our LC520, and the second partion is "Files".

    edit: lol frescies
  23. Santiago macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2002
    Mountain View, California
    My Titanium PowerBook is called Razorwind, the name of the sharpest katana ever crafted in a certain fantasy setting of my own creation.

    The old beige G3 I use as a server is named Mapache, since it hosts (my personal site). Mapache is the Spanish name for raccoon, taken from a Native American word, and I use raccoons to symbolize the Trickster God archetype.

    My fiancée's old laptop is Rocinante, Don Quixote's Horse, and her new one is Bucephalus, Alexander the Great's Horse.

    The two wireless base stations I own are called Huginn and Munin, Othinn's ravens (old Norse for Thought and Memory).

    We also have had four pet rats named after obscure Greek goddesses--Eris, Metis, Maia, and Tyche.
  24. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    Sweet, now I want to call my 12" PB "Excalibur" or something :)
  25. StarmanDeluxe macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2003
    San Diego
    My PC laptop is not-so-lovingly called "Craptop."

    My iMac and iBook are called "iMac" and "iBook," respectively :)

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