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A Gadget By Any Other Name [Jan. 7th, 2011|10:35 am]
Tomas Gallucci
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Over the years I have named my devices. I suppose this isn't much different than hostnames or naming cars, but given the nature of the beast, there's not exactly a uniformity to method–it's full of madness.

Here are the devices I remember naming right off the top of my head:

  • Black Widow - The PC pictured above. Someone needs to remind me to post the other pic for reference.

  • miniMax0r - Shamelessly inspired by ehowton's name for his Mac mini, so too I named mine.

  • miniPod - iPod Shuffle

  • m0bil30n3 - I kind screwed up the l33t on this, but 'tis the name of my unibody MacBook. I don't remember if I ever named the laptop I sold to snapper521. If someone remembers, please drop me a line in the comments.

  • iTom - iPad

  • not storage - external hard drive. It was originally named storage as that's what I named the secondary drive in Black Widow and carried over the convention when I ran an Ubuntu file/print sever. The Ubuntu server died (really, that machine was a paperweight anyway) but the name stuck.

    The Western Digital MyBook died but I had been using one of the original internal drives from Black Widow as a Time Machine volume. One of the flaws (I don't know if it still exists) of Time Machine was that you could restore a full volume, but you couldn't use the same name. So storage got changed to not storage.


I haven't yet named my iPhone. I'm thinking maybe iCall.

I do remember reading somewhere (I think it was on bash.org) something along the lines of "I've named my iPod The Titanic. That way, when I plug it up, iTunes says The Titanic is syncing."

So, dear reader, are you a gadget lover like me? If so, what have you named your gadgets?
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[User Picture]From: gradumacated
2011-01-07 03:40 pm (UTC)

Names

I haven't really thought about it, but I haven't named any of my gadgets.

Then again, I've only had one computer - that I designed and built - that's been truly "mine" and not a hand-me-down from Dad.

Two iPods, but don't/haven't used either much at all after coming over to the US in 2008.

Two basic-ish Sony Ecrisson phones that are more functional than anything else.

Do have a MacBook now, but it's 6+ years old and used at home only because I was able to persuade Texas that having a wireless network at home was A Good Thing to have.

iCall and iTom are perfect names, I think. I approve! XP
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-01-08 08:02 am (UTC)

Re: Names

I'm gonna do that one of these days. I ain't done it cos I kind of like kicking it. She's all I've got.
Because you approve, I've named my phone iCall.
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[User Picture]From: reboot_kid
2011-01-08 01:31 am (UTC)
For the longest time, I had my desktop named FRED (Fricken Retarded Electronic Device)

After a dozen or so upgrades, etc, I finally decided to start from scratch.

That machine is named Moth. My laptop is named Dragon, and my Droid is named Dragonfly
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-01-08 08:01 am (UTC)
FRED. Now that's funny!

Years ago, I attended a computer science camp. One of the items that was put on the CDs that we took home was a program named FRED.

I don't remember what the acronym stood for, but I do remember that it was one of those AI programs that was designed to pass the Turning test. Of course, this program didn't–it was too simplistic, but for a "kid" it was a wonderful introduction to the concept.

Your use of FRED reminds me of the line in The African Queen when Bogart says, I'm gonna do that one of these days. I ain't done it [fix the boat] cos I kind of like kicking it. She's all I've got.
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[User Picture]From: deathnomiko
2011-01-08 01:29 pm (UTC)
My family used to have this huge box tv that was on a swivel. We had it for at least 12 years before it finally died. I named it Bessie.

We have wide screen tv I named Bubba.

My high school desktop computer was Navi from the anime series Lain

my desktop computer name is named Hell Bent from one of my favorite songs ((btw, this isn't the original video for the song))

My macbook pro is Latika from a character from Slumdog Millionaire

and my new ipod is Blue
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-01-08 03:10 pm (UTC)
I see you're an Apple girl through and through.
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[User Picture]From: deathnomiko
2011-01-08 03:57 pm (UTC)
I was always indifferent towards Macs, but I HATED Windows Vista and refused to use it (I'm not sure how 7 is, since I barely used it one time on my friend's computer). So I got a Macbook Pro for my graduation gift. Love it. How Mac stores/categorizes things makes way more sense than Windows. And I guess now I'm an Apple girl.

I never had an Ipod until 2 years ago when I bought one for $30 at a resale shop. It worked fabulously up until maybe 6 months ago where I have to whack it on the ground a couple times to get it to work again. But my parents just bought me a new ipod nano this christmas.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-01-08 04:04 pm (UTC)
I'm not too hip on the new nanos. Yeah, they're cool and sexy, but I don't think I want a mobile music player that is touch only. I do like the space to physical size ratio though.

As much as I didn't want to get one, I bought an 2nd Gen iPod Shuffle. It has its quarks and sometimes can be frustrating, but it's mind and ultraportable. I would likely enjoy the current model, but I don't have a need to replace what I have–it works and doesn't appear to be on the brink of dying.

I always wanted to carry all of my music with me and coveted the iPod Classic for a long time, but the truth of the matter is, I think it's too large a device for me at this point, especially given that I now own an iPhone. You might catch me using iCall as an iPod in the future–I think the phone has the battery for it–but I view iCall as a communication device, not a recreational device and would hate to not be able to make or complete that all-important emergency phone call or be able to look up that needed fact because I had used the device for pleasure instead of business.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-01-08 04:15 pm (UTC)
I've used 7 a little-as little as I possibly have to. I'm starting to warm to it, but the truth of the matter is that to me, 7 is no different than XP. Sure, there more window dressing and things have been moved around, but the truth of the matter is that Microsoft hasn't innovated in a very long time.

I think you're going to see Microsoft become less and less relevant as time goes on. It wouldn't surprise me in the least bit to find Microsoft simply developing things like Office for various platforms and scrapping both mobile and OS development entirely. Ballmer, I don't think, would ever allow himself to do that, but if they get some young blood at the helm that hasn't drank the sludge, I think you'll see Microsoft making tough decisions and saying "NO" as much as Apple does. At least, this would be the case in my perfect world.

As for OS X, I first came on board the day after Leopard came out. I liked Quick Look and the ability to fully view and consume the information in my files without having to load programs with a large memory footprint. I learned the new OS from top to bottom and have really enjoyed the workflow. There were things I hated to give up–Winamp's skins, DSPs and the VU meter visualization I had cobbled together over the years–but I prefer the simple, clean, minimalistic interface that Apple has created.

The workflow is phenomenal and the window management makes entirely much more sense. The UI gives you BIG targets to click on, not small menus that stall and respond only when you've moved away from them. OS X removes file management from the user and provides the most intuitive interface: searching. Its libraries are clean (do you even think about where or how iTunes or iPhoto stores its content?) and if you rely on Apple's full suit, sharing photos and video is a breeze.

The hardware is minimalistic and aesthetic. You don't have to think about how to use Apple products–you just do what comes naturally. Apple has this down to such a science that I have, on more than one occasion, wasted time trying to figure out how to complete a task because I was over thinking the problem.

In short, OS X/iOS gets the computer out of my way as a user and allows me to focus on the task at hand. It suits my life as a wannabe photographer/filmmaker, programmer/IT guy (especially given that I can drop to a terminal and put all of that *nix information to use) and has been built around a connected world. This is why I will continue to support Apple so long as they continue to support me.
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