How to Name a Computer
By Bill Rushmore III on Jul 01, 2008
No matter what operating system your are installing the most difficult task is coming up with a good name for your new machine. You need to come up with a name that is meaningful and at the same time not lame. Too often machines are named with completely boring names like using "app" for an application server or "db" for a database server. This has a few problems. First and foremost it is completely lame and shows no creativity. That also causes a problem with Virtualization, machines now often do more than one specific task.
The best strategy I have seen is to choose nouns from a grouping in the real world. Choose a different class of nouns for different classes of machines. For example, you can name all of your machines after sea creatures. Servers could be names after species of whales while workstations after fish. Just make sure you pick a category that has enough items that aren't hard to spell.
But there are drawbacks to this method. The computer lab where I went to school used cars for names of the lab machines. Machines had names like "Corvette" and "Ferrari" which was great when the 286 was fast but by the time I was using the machines a 286 just didn't deserve the name of great sports cars. You also run the risk of non-computer literate people thinking your are insane as you discuss with your colleagues about upgrading "Chewbacca" and "R2D2".
In my home network I use names like "Viggen" and "Gripen". Bonus points if you can figure out the class I am using for my machine names.