• Subject: RE: Changing System Name
  • From: "Walden Leverich" <walden@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 5 Jan 1998 17:17:35 -0500
  • Importance: Normal
  • In-Reply-To: <199712302252.WAA19862@out4.ibm.net>

We have two AS/400s in our shop one named Bilbo and one named Frodo (as in
Baggins). I know someone else who named their 400 Kramer (as in Cosmo), and
yet another who had their 38 named poobear. I think naming the machines with
a "friendly" name helps the users relate to them much better than
"S1102003", not to mention the friendly names are much easier to say. The
only problem is that you must have a management that has a sense of humor.
Some people don't like hearing their 1/2 million dollars referred to as


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Sent: Tuesday, December 30, 1997 5:41 PM
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Subject: RE: Changing System Name

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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