Machines of Mine

Machines of Mine

I name my computers. That’s not altogether strange, especially now that Windows prompts you to enter a name the first time you start up the operating system. I think the strangeness comes from naming them even if it isn’t reflected anywhere in the real world. Well, that, and having rather specific naming requirements.

What can I say? I’m a bit anal about certain things, and once a pattern is established I am loathe to break it. The blame for this one lies in the first name I chose.

  1. HAL. An obvious choice, named after HAL 9000 from the Space Odyssey series. It was amusing, not only because I made it say “What are you doing, Dave?” on errors, but also because HAL was an IBM computer. (Yeah, yeah, I know, it’s been denied, Heuristic ALgorithmic, but still.)
  2. Gilliam. A not so obvious choice, but I got this one during my heavily into anime phase. Named after the ships computer in Outlaw Star, Gilliam was a secondhand computer I’d barter to get.
  3. Holly. How much do I love Red Dwarf? Oh so very much, as the next example will also help to show. Holly is the first computer I bought myself, and is still hanging in there.
  4. Hilly. Another Red Dwarf reference, Hilly was the name of Holly’s counterpart in gender-swapped parallel universe. My first laptop, Hilly was an alternate to Holly. (Just to help solidify the perception that I am a total geek: the flash drive I used to transfer files between the two is called Starbug.)
  5. Ghostwheel. Poor Hilly’s replacement, Ghostwheel is my first wireless computer, and named after Merlin’s creation in the Amber series.
In addition to these home computers, I’ve named two different work computers.

  1. Mother. A slightly old machine, Mother was named for the ship’s computer in the movie Alien. (That and my occasional slips in office appropriate language, which tended to get cut off before finishing the phrase.)
  2. Eddie. Technically, I’m on the second Eddie, since my first box was replaced, but I’ve decided to ignore that. Named after the cheerful computer in the Hitchhiker’s Guide series, I don’t think he’d mind.
Yup, I name my computers after fictional ones. It’s not exactly a limited list of options. (As with all things, Wikipedia has proven to be a useful resource.) With those options, and my slow rate of change, I should be good to continue the pattern through pretty much ever upgrade to come.
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