on 12/30/97at 12:52 AM,  our friend PaulMmn <PaulMmn@ix.netcom.com> said:

>As you replied to Walden, I think there's no need to make the network ID
>APPN.  APPN (the program) has no trouble connecting with other networks;
>you just need to tell the other network the name you're trying to connect

Are we talking the name for the AS/400?  We fretted over naming our new
600e and finally used the same name pattern as the rest of the network. 
Our network is Planet based... Earth is our e-mail, moon is the dial in
Annex box, Sun is the Unix work station, Saturn is an NT box, and we named
the AS/400 "Mars".  Made sense to us! 

But anyway my point is this:  I was surprised at the way the new AS/400
was received after it was named.  For some non-logical reason  people have
responded very favorably.  Now Mars has a personality and is much more
accepted than the old beige box.  Weird.  Still, a thought to consider.  

Has anyone else given their AS/400 an official name and referred to it
that way?  What reactions were there?  (Sometimes I worry that I imagine
too much.)

I am reminded of someone's tagline that tells us not to give
life-characteristics to machines because they don't like it.

Booth Martin     

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