In the past, I have never named my computers. I’ve always felt that it needlessly anthropomorphizes them. I have always been inextricably tied to computers, but I pride myself as never having tried to strike up a conversation with a Linux box or trying to calm a panicky G5 with my soothing words. I may be nuts in many ways, but I don’t want to be the 21st-century equivalent of the crazy cat lady.
Still, there is something to be said for naming computers. At Channel 10 all the Final Cut stations were named after famous directors of the 1970s, and it certainly imbues you with a sense of prestige to sit down in front of Coppola and start editing. And the fact is that there are some computers that are such beasts that they deserve names. Think HAL 9000, or ENIAC.
So then, what would you name an 8-core Mac Pro, packed to the gills with RAM and loaded with a vast array of post-production software and hardware? I was thinking of “Euclid,” as a nod to Pi, but I’m not that big on geometry. Or possibly just “The Beast.” Thoughts?