do any of the programmers here do it? Do you curse at your rigs, do they have names, are they male or female?
I called my old Mac "Maggie".
I hate this stupid machine
J. D. Trollinger
Gee, I don't. I just name them after locations or rooms or departments. I remember back in college when my buddies would name them after solar systems and movie characters though--those were the good days (hard drive the size of a bicycle wheels--yay!).
I used to know one girl who gave pet names to everything. Including her computer. Which kept making endless problems, unexpected crashes, odd behaviors, you name it... She got a second one; named it too; same story. The third one I told her to refer to as "the box" - what would you know, it's been working ever since without trouble. ;)
Anyone remember the computer named "Chip" from Whiz Kids, circa 1983? Ritchie Adler I believe was the kids name...
it depends, here are some I use:
> Anyone remember the computer named "Chip" from Whiz
I never 'name' them, but each one has its personality.
My almighty furious screaming Powermac G5 is called...
I once did some work at a telecoms client site and got the LAN guys to name the big-momma billing server I was working on "Godzilla". I also got them to name the smaller test server "Godzooki".
When stuff on the computer creates stupid problems I sometimes become so angry that i hit the screen. And hard too. I had a monitor drop off the rear of the desk after a particularly well-placed jab. Since then the display was permanently trapezoid. I knew a guy who would actually spit on the screen in disgust (okay, it was me).
Ever since playing Hamlet back in high school, I've been naming my computers after the characters - Hamlet being the first, followed by Claudius, Gertrude, etc.
Igor, Vimes, Carrot ...
Always have, always will.
Don't anthropomorphize computers. They *hate* that.
Muppet, out of sheer curiosity, did you just learn a new word?
Err? I didn't realize that anthropomorphize was a difficult word. I've heard it used quite often. I suppose you're more used to "pesonification", which really isn't much simpler.
I thought pesoification was just monitization to a mexican.
Ah good, with the spelling Nazis here, we can all crack open the salad cream.
I just had to pick on you. You don't get enough of that.
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