A monk asked Nansen: "Is there a teaching no master ever taught before?"
Nansen said: "Yes, there is."
"What is it?" asked the monk.
Nansen replied: "It is not mind, it is not Buddha, it is not things."

Nansen was too kind and lost his treasure.
Truly, words have no power.
Even though the mountain becomes the sea,
Words cannot open another's mind.

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Naming Computers
Wednesday, July 17, 2002

I've enjoyed coming up with names for my computers since I went to college. Even if I couldn't publish the name by DNS, or expect my machine to provide services to anyone else, I've liked to give my own name to computers I use, simply because I enjoyed it.

For the past few years I've called my machine at home 'dogma', partly as an anime reference and partly as a joke. I kept using this name through several upgrades and repairs, until I'd replaced everything once or twice, including the floppy drive.

But after the latest new motherboard finally failed, and it became apparent that I would end up replacing practically anything, it didn't feel like I was repairing ol'Dogma any more. I needed a new name. I haven't collected all the parts for the new machine yet, but I have come up with several nominees for its name-to-be.

  • Amelie - from the lead character of the recent French movie by the same name
    • PROS - sounds cute, reminds me of movie, almost as good as having a French girlfriend.
    • CONS - difficult to spell correctly (should end with É), would rather have an actual girlfriend.
  • Mike - from two different characters by Robert Heinlein, including a fictional computer.
    • PROS - sounds friendly. also the name of a good friend & former housemate.
    • CONS - common name for people, may confuse people.
  • Techfetish
    • PROS - accurate, won't get confused for a person's name.
    • CONS - long, may not wear well.

As you can tell, I'm still struggling with this momentous decision. I'm open to suggestions!

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