|Bravo Naming Scheme for Hosts||January 1, 2001|
|A list of our host names, along with the words they're based on|
important that a consistent and sensible naming scheme be used from
start. Any words with pre-conceived meanings or association, or terms
that might be referred to in the course of normal conversation should
be avoided at all costs.
Person's names and words like "server" and "internet" are among the worst possible choices because of the inevitable confusion it creates. You'll find yourself explaining:
"Joe the user, at his home computer, not the computer at the office named Joe"
"Connect to the proxy server, as opposed to the file server named Server"
"You can't reach the Internet? Can you ping the proxy server named 'Internet'?"
Unique, unambiguous and short host names eliminate needless frustrations. Our lists have been refined over 20 years, resulting in minimal confusion and offensiveness. They're even pronounceable in English and cute.
For advanced IT administrators: the 4-letter length makes it possible to use them for ghost image files, without risk of truncation (and overwriting previous versions) when file spanning occurs!
4-char hostname + 1-char version code + 3-digit sequence no. (generated by Symantec GHOST)
* Many of you were curious about the seemingly odd names for the Bravo servers and workstations. Here's the inside scoop... It all started around 1987, when I started networking around the house. It was the era of MainLAN and LANtastic! Initially, the few hosts were named after deceased pets, so that they'd live on, memorialized by our servers. As hosts are added, we had to resort to using names of living pets. Eventually, even those ran out. Out of desperation, we started the practice of using names of our stuffed toy animals (stuffed toy toys, for those of you from the UK). [Edited 2009: Even stuffed toy animals (Stofftiere) are depleted... Now, virtual pets are used.]