Ever since I got networked (and that dates back to a time when RJ-45 didnâ€™t exist, and I eventually disconnected from the family because I was fed up with my network screwing up every time a cable was moved across the apartment), Iâ€™ve been sticking to a personal computer naming scheme. Inspired by my schoolâ€™s network, where machines were named after painters, and (so I think, and so I remember) each room had its own painting style or time period or something, I chose a domain I know better: female movie characters.
So I have to find a name for my upcoming Mac (butâ€¦ isnâ€™t it bad luck to name your child before itâ€™s born? bah, lots of people do it). And itâ€™s much more important than it seems: life has given my computers the destiny their names forebode.
Ripley@, which was my main computer and is now a Linux fileserver, deserves to be named after a warrior; and its old case, and old distorted 14” CRT are quite a fit for the Alien “quadrilogy”â€™s universe.
Even more meaningful, Lain@: my workstation, now permanently connected, eventually got a Matrox triple-head video card and the three matching 17” screens. You have to know Serial Experiments: Lain in order to appreciate the coincidence. There are no coincidences.
And thereâ€™s Blayac@, who has now disappeared in a closet. Humiliated. (The Comtesse de Blayac is a Ridicule character quite akin to the Marquise de Merteuil.)
Goes to show how much thought I have to put into my new childâ€™s identity. Iâ€™d rather save Dalloway@ for a future, more powerful Mac, thatâ€™d be able to do more than just run iCal and TextEdit. So I have to find a female fiction character (movies or not, itâ€™s not that important â€” and Lain isnâ€™t a movie character anyway) who has something to do with writing, and can fit a small orange clamshell iMac G3/300. I have a few days left to find a name, but any suggestion is welcome.
Mmh, iCal and TextEdit. A secretary, it has to be a secretary. Tess? Too feminine (“Ripley”, “Lain” and “Blayac” are neutral names, that you can use in a sentence; until now I always avoided feminine first names). Parker? A bit too neutral nowâ€¦ Whoâ€™s there left in the bureaucracy department?
P.S. Hmmm, Benesâ€¦ Doesnâ€™t sound good, but itâ€™s appropriate.