On Oct 26, 2006, at 3:39 PM, Jody Fagan wrote:
> I'd like to write an anecdotal article about library server
> ... I'm for-sure that most librarians don't even know our servers have
> names. I am hoping that some of you might be willing to share (off-
> server names you have known in libraries, how/why you chose them, and
> any random thoughts you have about them.
Fun! I have always named my computers after librarians.
My first one was named Dewey. It (he) had a 2 GB disk drive, and I
thought that was huge. Dewey hosted the NCSU Libraries Library
Without Walls, its original WAIS/gopher server, and the Mr. Serials
Process. I named one of my first personal computers Alcuin. He was a
librarian and advisor for Charlemagne. At home my primary server is
named Naude who was a French collector of books. As I inherited other
computers and peripherals, I named them after librarians as well. For
example there is (Paul Evans) Peters. My wireless Apple Airport
device is named Kilgour. My external 20 GB firewire disk drive is
named Alexandria. My current home desktop computer is named Cutter.
Here at work my computer is named Bliss. My family use another
computer to shop, and luckily I was able to name it Sears. Here at
Notre Dame we named one of our computers Jerome, the patron saint of
libraries. My desktop computer here at work is named Bliss. I just
bought a new computer for home use. I plan to use it to do a lot full
text indexing. That computer's name is Wilson. One of the rules I
have regarding the naming of computers is to never use the same name
twice. Once the computer is retired, then so is the name.
Eric Lease Morgan
University Libraries of Notre Dame