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Old 05-19-2007, 11:26 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by Squagnut View Post
I find that naming things is a little oversentimental, and indicative of unnecessary emotional attachment.
It may be oversentimental, but humans do form attachments to inanimate things quite easily, things from washing machines to bikes or cars. Given that computers are interactive, and tend to develop a "personality" over time, forming an attachment (negative or positive) is really quite natural. Psychological research exists that supports this idea.

I name all my computers, and have a "theme" for naming them: people from the sciences, including computer science. They definitely have (or had) all a different personality, built up by what's installed (and how), what they're used for (and the files they collect), and things like screen savers and desktop images. I still miss sturdy old Albert (now deceased) and dear old Grace is tired and deserves retirement... Alan has seen some personality changes (not induced by hormones but by a replaced motherboard and two replacements of the HD) but is still going strong. I need a new computer soon, and I've already decided that will be George.

But when someone suggested I name my fancy new battery-less cordless mouse it sounded like a nice idea at first - but the mouse is not by any stretch a computer (it does not even contain the tiniest chip) so it didn't deserve to be named in the same theme. I tried Minnie for a while, but it didn't stick. And that's because my (nice) mouse does not have a personality at all - a good thing maybe...

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