Sunday, October 28, 2007


Customizing a new system made me think of a couple of personal "traditions" I have. They give me a nice feeling of... continuity, in this madly changing world.

One is that since the very beginning of my computer use, or at least over a decade I think, I've used F1 for calling forth my main web browser. And F9 for my email app. (Which has been Eudora for almost as long.)

Another one is naming my Hard Disks with names beginning with HD:


Alex said...

My systems at home are named after spaceships. Enterprise, Discovery, Voyager, DS9(space station). My cellphone's network ID is Liberator (Blakes7) and my car PC will be Serentity (Firefly).

It seems there is a tradition in the UK to name UNIX systems after characters in Magic Roundabout.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

How about spaceship names from Iain Banks' Culture novels?
"Just Read The Instructions"
"Unacceptable Behaviour"
"Of Course I still love you"

Alex said...

Cool spaceship names. I think I have a few others to get through. Oh I forgot, one machine was Nostromo...

I want Valley Forge and Beagle too

Anonymous said...

Howdie-Doodie, y'all! Hello Dere, Honey-Dear.

Hot Damn! Those Hard Disk names are, like, Heavenly, Dude! How Does He Do it???
Highly Dusty drives store poorly in High Density.
Think fast, now. Hey! Duck! :-)

"Holy Digital Hovering Data, Batman, is this a flying saucer I see?"

"Now, see here, pilgrim. Unless you leave town tomorrow, we duel at High Dawn."

PLease excuse me, Ma's calling me to eat her Home Dinner.
So, Hasta Dentista, baby.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Thank you very much. I needed some fresh inspiration.

Actually a new hard disk arrived 120 seconds ago. Really. You wouldn't think I'd need a fourth, would you? Well, long story.

Alex said...

Excuse my ignorance, but do Mac's support redundant striped RAID arrays? Then you could justify half a dozen, and get your system backed up too!

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Yes, they do support RAID and mirrors and that sort of stuff. It's a Unix system, so pretty much all of it is possible.