[H-GEN] Hostnames in meeting.humbug.org.au

David O'Brien dob12460 at bigpond.net.au
Mon Aug 16 09:40:01 EDT 2004

 El Lun 16 Ago 2004 20:54, Robert Stanford escribió:
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> James Mills wrote:
> > Most people I would think would know some form of chemistry (I do at
> > least) so therefore the periodic table would be better.
> >
> > More widely known ihmo. Not everyone has studied the names of the
> > constellations of the stars (I haven't, don't know a single one, except
> > perhaps Orion).
> Youd be amazed at how many people wouldnt know the difference between an
> element and a compound.
> How about diseases, everybody encounters them. Theres plenty of people
> unfamiliar with elements, trust me. Probably the closest a virus would
> come to most of the machines too :)
> Would also be a fairly unique naming scheme.

I hope nobody takes this the wrong way, but being a Tech Writer I see some 
pretty interesting spelling attempts from a lot of very learned and clever 
people. So, while deciding on a naming scheme, might I suggest we choose one 
that has relatively straight forward names?

Diseases would be good, but instead of "Hey, what's your IP address?", perhaps 
we'd hear "How do you spell cirrhosis?" I suppose we could use "sick", "flu", 
"cold"....   It probably doesn't matter if people have never heard of 
hydrogen, helium or boron, or whether they light, heavy or inbetween, or if 
they don't know if Andromeda is a star or a cluster, but they are easy to 
spell.  Aren't they?....  I must admit, I'd rather be called Pluto than 

my 2c


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without hitting them.

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