System naming

From London Hackspace Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search

The naming scheme of physical systems in the hackspace (hostname) is "people involved in computing, mathematics, or engineering" This includes pioneers in similar relevant fields. As a usability concern, pronunciation and spelling difficulties may rule out names like Dijkstra, Kay and Hoare.

Suggested name lists:

Virtual instances treated slightly differently: Please note that the naming scheme of virtual machines or containerised systems on-site is to be nearer to their purpose. An example of a VM passing messages via MQTT might be "mqtt-gateway" or "message-hub" instead of "vanrossum"

Current names

machines should be available as from inside the space (just hostname should work). some machines are available from the outside as or

Off-site Servers

  • Turing Bitfolk VM - sensitive public services (membership DB, website, LDAP), UK Hackspace Foundation web site
  • Church DigitalOcean droplet - new machine for sensitive public services
  • Knuth DigitalOcean droplet - less-sensitive public services (wiki)


  • Blanton Network CCTV Server
  • Boole main router, dhcp, dns, ntp, syslog etc. [1]
  • Hamming runs runs voice announcers and doorbell in the 1st Floor at Ujima House in Wembley. [2]
  • Holonyak runs the board installed on Ground Floor [3]
  • Landin hypervisor for VMs
    • Chomsky shared Linux systems (accessible via ssh from outside using member LDAP credentials)
    • ACServer ACnode server
    • Adminstuff a poorly but accurately named server for admin "stuff"
    • Services Importantish services that were on babbage, robonaut etc
    • Concourse CI Pipeline-as-code based CI system. Currently experimental.


  • Joy Laser Cutter workstation running Windows
  • Tesla public shared Linux workstation on the 1st floor.
  • Cray Dell Studio 1559 laptop, Robotics Group, running Windows 7 or Ubuntu 14.04 dual boot
  • Herd Dell Optiplex 990 desktop, Classroom presentation PC.
  • Dickinson Dell Optiplex 990 desktop, Do-not-disturb room.
  • Epp Dell Optiplex 990 desktop, Electronics Lab.
  • Oliver HP 20-R100NA all-in-one PC, 3d printer room.

Potential names

Please be cautious when adding to this list. Pronunciation and spelling difficulties may rule out names like Dijkstra, Kay and Hoare. Make sure that the name can be pronounced, written unambiguously from hearing it, and does not sound like another word. This probably means puns are unsuitable.

Previously used names

Old names

Names used on systems no longer in use. These can be recycled with care after a sensible period of time.

Potential names on the edge of the scheme

Don't be afraid to use these, especially if they're meaningful to you, but please try to include a short justification for why the Hackspace should care about them.

Potential names not from the scheme

  • Bubbles, Buttercup & Blossom
  • FuzzyWhif
  • heck-a-tombical plus minus
  • Micropig/Spiderpig
  • NPR (No Prescription Required)
  • Pong/Bong