Back in February, IBM Systems Magazine ran an article “The Name Game” by Neil Tardy.

Yours truly was quoted in the article … but Neil only mentioned the names of my wife and my laptops (lorien & rohan respectively).

For the record: The main mail server that runs midrange.com is named ‘rivendell’ and the primary web server is named ‘gondor’. There used to be a 3rd system in the mix, named ‘theshire’, but it’s been since retired.

Neil mentioned that I even named the System/36’s that I worked with in a previous job. He neglected, however, to give the names of those systems.

They were Colossus & Guardian (from Colossus: The Forbin Project by DF Jones.

When I worked at SSA, we had boring system names … SSAUSCH1, SSAUSCH2, etc, but we gave them a little spice by changing “SSAUSCH” to “Sausage” … so we referred to systems as “Sausage 1”, “Sausage 2”, etc.

At MKS, we also have boring names for our systems … IL400SV0, IL400SV1, etc … but there’s no fun adaptation we can use.

So, in the comments below, tell us how you’ve named your systems and why they are named that way.

[tags]Names, iSeries, AS/400, IBM[/tags]

About David:
David is a Principal Software Engineer for PTC, Integrity Business Unit. He cut his teeth on the S/36 and has more than 25 years of experience on the IBM i / System i / iSeries / AS400. He primarily works in Java and ILE RPG specializing in cross platform integrations. David has received the COMMON Distinguished Service award and was named an IBM Power Systems Champion. David is an active volunteer with the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure fundraising bike ride. He is currently captain of Team RED Chicago. David runs and maintains midrange.com. His personal blog is Geeky Ramblings.