Member Rara Avis
Okay, the dedicated server is now a reality. It's been built. I've spent much of the past several days configuring it (okay, stumbling as I learn to configure it), though I won't be able to do too much until DNS propagation kicks in.
For those interested in details, the machine is a PIII 500, with 128 meg of memory and a 4 gig SCSI hard disk. We'll be running standard Linux and Apache. Should be pretty fast. Physically, it's located in Fort Lauderdale, in the South area of the Broward County business district. We'll have multiple Internet connections through AT&T, UUnet and Exodus, so it should be pretty reliable.
If anyone is really interested (asking a programmer about his computer is a lot like asking a doting mother about her new baby - boring for most people), I'll write up something and post it. But that's not the purpose of this post.
This is in the Q&A forum because I have a question for everyone. I'm getting real tired of calling our new server "the dedicated server," and those of you who know me know that's just not my way. All of my computers, going back as far as I can remember, have had names. This one needs a name, too!
I am not necessarily bound by tradition, so all suggestions are welcome. But I will also quickly add that all of my computers are named after mythological entities. My main computer these days is Isis (Egyptian goddess), my other two active computers are Hera (Greek goddess) and Ares (also Greek, he-kicks-butt God of war). I only recently retired Athena, my main desktop for over five years (and tend to shed a tear at mention of her name). Other names that have already been used include Gaea, Hermes, and Apollo.
Here are some of the names I've been considering. All of these are either Greek or Teutonic, should you care to search for more information.
Demeter (or possibly the Roman equivalent of Ceres, both of whom were the Goddess of Earth and Harvest).
Eos - goddess of the dawn.
Sif - battle goddess, wife of Thor
Erato - muse of love poetry
Determination of names, in the past, was always based on two factors: what the computer was used for (hence, Hermes was a file server) and the "personality" of the specific computer (Hera is a bit of a bitch at times). We're still learning the personality, but we know the purpose and can get some ideas flowing.
So... let me know what you think the new computer should be called. And I'd also like to hear your reasoning.