I’m in the process of provisioning a new server, so I decided to confront a challenging issue of: what do you name the computers?
A quick search led me believe that I’m not the only one who has wrestled with this problem. There is even a service which tracks naming schemes (http://namingschemes.com).
What did I choose? Football teams and towns? Mythological deities? Planets? Cartoon characters? Presidential pets? Star Trek characters? Famous Monopolists? Classical Composers? Sound effects? Beer names? Simpson characters? Names of narcotic pain killers? James Bond movie villains?
No, I’ve decided to use elements in the periodic table. Servers are named after noble gasses; development and test machines are unstable elements.