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We have this thing about naming equipment in the office.

The printer/copier/fax is called Diablo II or Spawn of Diablo. It's a cranky machine that responds well to voodoo offerings like shiny pennies, red ribbons, and chicken bones. It is not nearly as troublesome as Diablo I.

Then there's Willis, a printer that constantly complains it is out of paper when it isn't, and gives other erroneous error messages. leading us to say "whachoo talkin' bout?".

Squeaky (another printer. I think this one is obvious).

The Works (the printer that always works. Well, almost.)

The Nommminator is our shredder. (Omnomnomnomnommm!)

We have 3 new laptops now, and I am trying to think of names for them. I guess it's like naming kittens, though - you have to give it some time for their personalities to emerge. But I am open to suggestions.

Anyone else do this with office equipment? Or are we just really weird?
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Anyone else do this with office equipment? Or are we just really weird?
Bored, maybe.
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Bored, maybe.
Yeah, those must have been some slow days when we came up with the names.

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Naming the equipment

While you're at it, I could use a name for my office fish.

So far, his name is "version 0.9" ...

... because, after all, he's a Betta.

(bazinga.)
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While you're at it, I could use a name for my office fish.

So far, his name is "version 0.9" ...

... because, after all, he's a Betta.

(bazinga.)
How about Hans? (from Hans Bethe)

He could be a second cousin (once removed) of Klaus, from American Dad.
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Anyone else do this with office equipment? Or are we just really weird?
I give many objects the same first name - Damn - with the surname being the proper name of the device.
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I give many objects the same first name - Damn - with the surname being the proper name of the device.
I'd agree we humans pretty much damn anything and everyone which fails to live up to our expections.

Good observation Ivan. It actually gives me pause for thought behind the entire practice of damning anything. Is it merely that something fails to live up to basic expectations, and should therefore be damned.

I myself sometimes feel so.
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All of our servers are named after beers. Fortunately, the names aren't common enough to bring continual snickers in every meeting. I told the sysadmin that he has to name the next one Borg.
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All my equipment with Bluetooth has always been given an old man's name (I've had Harold, George, Marvin, Alfred...).
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Years ago, where I worked at the time, we had a printer named Beelzebub. It was one of the early laser printers - about twice as big as the original LaserJet and half as reliable.
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Then there's Willis, a printer that constantly complains it is out of paper when it isn't, and gives other erroneous error messages. leading us to say "whachoo talkin' bout?".
Please tell me it says "PC Load Letter" - it will make my day!
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Please tell me it says "PC Load Letter" - it will make my day!
PC Load Letter? What the *&^^ does that mean?!

*baseball bat*
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I have an old spectrophotometer that has successfully resisted all efforts to silence its cooling fan...so I call it "Ol' Grumbly".

I never have to wonder if I left it on, I can hear it from down the hall: grumble-grumble-grumble-grumble-...
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In the pulp mill's lab, we had a Hewlett-Packard gas chromatograph called Master Kan. I was one of the few chemists to evade its clutches. The ports were VERY hot. If you got bored and distracted running samples, and casually leaned your forearm on the top of the machine, you would be branded with the hexagonal shapes of the two port-caps. Time for you to go, Grasshopper.
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My car: Curly.

Downshift just right and it goes "woob woob woob woob ..." It has not yet started going "nyuk nyuk nyuk" though.
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In the pulp mill's lab, we had a Hewlett-Packard gas chromatograph called Master Kan.
Gas? How old is it?? The electic ones have been around as long as I can remember...
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Gas? How old is it?? The electic ones have been around as long as I can remember...
It was a long time ago. At least it wasn't coal-fired.
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These are pretty funny! Especially DH's "Curly"!


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