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How do you name your devices?

Names can be a powerful thing. Each of my devices fall into a naming convention. Some of you probably use practical names, but I'm interested in the fun ones.

My Windows machines are Dharma Stations from lost: Orchid and Tempest.

My wireless devices are astronomical bodies: Cepheus, Cassiopeia, Artemis

Or do you leave the default name?

Discuss below!😝

Discussion (34)

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Dian Fay

Servers either get named for what they do or don't get names because they're disposable.

My home machines have a mythological theme, monsters and underworld or threshold divinities:

  • main workstation: lamia (one of many victims of Hera's misplaced vindictiveness in Greek mythology)
  • tablet: leinth (an Etruscan cemetery-goddess)
  • router: lachesis (the middle of the three Greek fates, who measures Clotho's thread before Atropos cuts it)
  • dns box: neti (the gatekeeper of the Sumerian underworld)
  • tv box: lethe (the river of forgetfulness in Hades)
  • NAS: tartaros (the place of torment for the titans and especially iniquitous mortals)
  • spare: akhlys (Greek personification of misery)
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Markus Cadonau

I like your naming.
I’m using Greek philosophers and mythology, myself.

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My fixed devices are all dog types:

LilDog small laptop
LapDog: main laptop
Kujo: HP Omen gaming laptop
BigDog: server
HomeDog: home automation & media server
SkulzDog: iNtel NUC mini PC (has a big skull on it)

And, of course, my network name is Junkyard :)

The mobile devices all have less creative names ('Pete's iPhone', etc)

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Michael MacTaggert

It started off unintentionally, but I eventually noticed a pattern of naming my computers after characters from Thomas the Tank Engine. Decided to keep it going.

Parents' home computer: Henry
First laptop: Annie
First Linux laptop: Clarabel
Latest Linux laptop: Mavis
Tessel2: Bertie

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Jesse M. Holmes

I’ve gotten lazy with device naming, but this was the standing order for a long time.

Rogue -> Always my primary device
Morph -> iPhone
Toad -> An old iPhone 3g I jailbroke to hotspot for my Xbox when I was on battalion CQ duty back in 2011. Anything to make the time pass!
Cerebro -> My old home grown media server. Gambit -> iPad mini.
Danger Room -> My SSID

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Devin Handspiker-Wade

Home/Personal servers are named after countries as long as they are not disposable. Usually based on some stereotypical image of the country.

  • Switzerland - NAS
  • Hong Kong - Docker host
  • UnitedStates - Raspberry Pi Plex client
  • Japan - PHP web server
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ItsASine (Kayla)

I once asked an ex what to name a computer, and they said to just name it anything.

So now I have Anything, Something, and Nothing.

I also named my Wifi SSID Galaxy News Radio 📻, so my main computer is PipBoy 3000.

(note: emojis in names are hit or miss on whether or not 1. it'll work and 2. it'll work integrating with other things)

I tend to keep 1 pi per side project, so I name it something boring involving the project it's for, like dnsserver, so it's easier to find what ones are on the network and why my dnsserver isn't running.

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I try and follow a Star Wars naming convention, with the category of name depending on the type of the device.

I have two USB flash drives named after droids, laptop and desktops are named after planets. My everyday devices take their names from the Rebel Alliance (Atollon, Eadu, C1-10P), and other devices get miscellaneous ones (Coruscant, Takodana, Hoth...).

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Anthony Bouvier

D&D Monsters: dragon, wyvern, minotaur, beholder, etc.

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Quentin Sonrel

At first I named my machines after the Patriots' AIs from Metal Gear Solid.

My desktop was GW, my laptop TJ, etc... eventually GW was replaced by another machine serving the same purpose that I simply named GW-Mk2.

Eventually I ran out of names so now I name my machines without any specific logic, my NAS is "Ana" ("AnaNAS" means pineapple in French, I liked the play on words 😀), I even have a machine named E1M1 in reference of Doom.

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Thomas Landin

I name them according to Norse mythology.

My WiFi SSID is Yggdrasil (the "world tree") and my devices are named for gods or entities accordingly. E.g. Oden, Tor, Loke, Sleipner (the names are in Swedish in case they look odd to you).

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Gabriel PREDA

My main Android TV => Holodeck
My phone => Spock
Main personal laptop => Enterprise
Work laptop => Marauder

Servers don't get "pet like" names... They only get functional names like:

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Stephanie Handsteiner

I name my personal devices after characters from the Asterix comics. :D

My servers are named after celestial bodies tho'.

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David Pellegrini

I usually use descriptive names for computers. Phones are default because they're replaced or formatted more often. The server was named for quality: piecedemerde

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Jesse Fulton • Edited on

Years ago, I was reading The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and named my new, fully-loaded laptop "Earth" 🤓. Then I named my new phone "Moon", because it felt like a mini satellite for my laptop. After that, it was all over... displays are named after stars, mobile devices after satellites, computers after planets, etc. I think I'm stuck with the "celestial bodies" naming convention forever now.

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Jesse M. Holmes

I don’t have it anymore, but I was using a combination of XMBC (now Kodi) and VLC.

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Ben Sinclair • Edited on

Well historically I've gotten in trouble for naming servers after sexually transmitted diseases (mostly because nobody can spell "gonorrhoea") constellations (mostly because nobody can spell "cassaeopia") and dinosaurs. Surprisingly, everybody loved dinosaurs at school and can spell "brontosaurus" but Upper Management didn't like the idea of our machines sounding obsolete.

I don't get to name the machines where I work currently.

At home, I name everything that's a server after a computer from film and TV; I currently have Sweetie, Arcade, Shoshone and Zen.

EDIT: Oh, and my phone's called Squish, after the cluster lizard from Lexx. No reason.

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Adrian B.G.

Stargate planets mostly, or SGC.

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Patrick M

Dinosaurs.... Made up dinosaurs. Lapasaurus, deskasaurus, mediadon, and syncasaur.

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I use the brand: Fuji (For Fujitsu), Acer, or Ryzen
But SUDO accounts are Wesworld characters (rford, delores...)

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Avalander • Edited on

I go for places from fictional worlds, mostly from Middle Earth and My Little Pony. Ponyville, Canterlot, Lorien, Lothlorien, Rivendell, Mordor, and Gondor are some of the names I remember.

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My devices are all named after locations or planets from the Metroid universe. Zebes, Norfair, Phendrana, Bryyo, Maridia etc.

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Rafal Pienkowski

I'm a master of chemistry, so I'm using names from the Periodic Table. For example, I name my machines: helium, oxygen, vanadium, etc.

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Yoandy Rodriguez Martinez

This is one of those things my generation solved by watching "Friends"

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Ben Halpern

This practice seems so bizarre to me. I think I'd have fun naming things but nothing's ever stuck.

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I thought I was all alone in this, but then I found you! 😪😪

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Adam Brandizzi

I use philosophers, so I my personal machine is popper, my work station is epicurus, I have schopenhauer somewhere here waiting for fixes and so on.

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Drew Knab

My computers are generally named after the branding:

Every Apple handheld device I've owned since iPod 4th Gen has been Rocket 00000.

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Brian Emilius

I've a server where I am playing around with AI and machine learning. Obviously I had to name it "skynet"

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SharpDog • Edited on

You don't work with Miles Dyson at Cyberdyne by any chance, do you 🤖

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Gerard Ketuma

I actually just started using the books of the bible. It has been so much fun. Currently on 'Numbers'. Genesis and Exodus are my server and MBP.

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David Ebreo

i name my "screen devices" by their aspect ratio.

tablet 43
phone 32

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Avalander • Edited on

What happens if you get two devices with the same aspect ratio?

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Shreyas Minocha • Edited on

Mine are named after planets.

  • Laptop: Mars
  • Phone/Hotspot: Mercury
  • Tablet: Saturn
  • VPS: Neptune

  • Pendrive: Space Shuttle

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Jonathan Irvin Author

Let's not forget my NAS, which is named Erebus.