December 19, 2011

NAS ships

The new NAS shipped today from New Jersey, by UPS 3-day. Considering that it's the last week before Christmas, I wonder if there's any chance I'll get it this week?

I gotta come up with a name for it. Lessee, it's been a while since I used Orion; maybe that would be good. Procyon is another good one.

I've never used Mintaka. Maybe I should use that.

UPDATE 12/20: The UPS tracking page says that delivery was originally scheduled for Thursday, but they're going to deliver it early, on Wednesday. If so, it means they're going to ship it by air. It's in Philadelphia, and there's no way it'll reach Portland by tonight (so it can be delivered tomorrow) if shipped by truck.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Computers at 05:42 PM | Comments (11) | Add Comment
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1 A fun name is "Zubenelgenubi" because it's fun to say "Zubenelgenubi."

Posted by: Wonderduck at December 19, 2011 05:59 PM (f/6aJ)

2 I don't know how to say it!

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 19, 2011 07:57 PM (+rSRq)

3 Zoo-ben-ell-gen-OOO-bee!

C'mon everyone, say it with me!  Zoo-ben-ell-gen-OOO-bee!

Posted by: Wonderduck at December 19, 2011 08:30 PM (f/6aJ)

4 Zubenelgenubi, Zubenelgenubi, Zubenelgenubi Zubenel- Oh shoot!

So *cough*sorry*cough* anyway, never had heard of Mintaka; it has a Japanese ring to it though. Procyon sounds nice too.

Posted by: Jaked at December 19, 2011 09:10 PM (57j7z)

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Mintaka is one of the three stars in Orion's belt. The other two are named Alnilam and Alnitak, which aren't really as easy to say.

I've used Procyon for a couple of different computers, but I've never used Mintaka before, so that's probably what I'll go with.

I thought about Carinae, but I'm not sure it's a good idea to use the name of a star which is about to become a hyper-nova. (A hyper-nova is an explosion that makes an ordinary supernova look like a firecracker.)

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 19, 2011 09:24 PM (+rSRq)

6 By the way, another star in the constellation of Orion is named Betelgeuse...

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 19, 2011 09:36 PM (+rSRq)

7 Another possibility is Vega. I don't think I've ever used that one.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 19, 2011 09:44 PM (+rSRq)

8 "Mintaka"--having been overused by the writers of Star Trek: The Next Generation--always makes me cringe.

"Alcyone" is one of my favorites.  (Bonus points for being one of the villains in Magic Knight Rayearth.)

Betelgeuse has dimmed 15% in the last decade or so, and its radius has declined by a similar value, so some astronomers think it's entered iron fusion (or did, rather, some 640 years ago) and that the light of its going supernova would therefore reach Earth, they think, sometime in the next year or so.  Of course, who really knows?

Posted by: atomic_fungus at December 19, 2011 10:31 PM (VTkqk)

9 If you named it Vega, would you also get a device and name it Altair?

Posted by: EYanyo at December 20, 2011 09:38 AM (0HNgj)

10

Sheesh.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 20, 2011 10:17 AM (+rSRq)

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"If you named it Vega, would you also get a device and name it Altair?"

...That would be bad juju.  Network issues 364 days a year.

Posted by: Mikeski at December 20, 2011 04:04 PM (1bPWv)

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