(This is a repost from the GranularIT Blog.)
I couldn’t stand it no more.
After my latest timelapse experiment (a frame every minute for three days; over 3 GB of photos), not to mention mucking around with stop-motion, I decided to bite the bullet and get myself a non-laptop based storage system.
In the end I went for two Seagate 2 TB drives, sitting on their own surge-protection board, with a cute little 4-gang USB hub into which I could also plug my SD card reader (and still have a slot free for the USB cable to my camera).
The full Monty was mine for under 250 quid, thanks to an offer at Maplin’s (and that included a Cat6 patch cable. Geeks give the strangest Valentine’s presents). One drive to dump all of the camera files, and the other to back it up.
The naming of parts
But then I had a problem. As any geek will tell you, one of the most important things to get right with new kit is naming it. What should I call my new drives? What convention should I follow?
Given that one was to be the primary and the other a backup, I thought something like ‘Batman and Robin’ would be appropriate. That wasn’t doing it for me, really, so-because I’m a biology geek, first and foremost-I toyed with the idea of something like 5′ and 3′ (“five prime” and “three prime”), followed by ‘GEF’ and ‘GAP’, and then ‘Rac’ and ‘Rho’. ‘DNA’ and ‘RNA’ didn’t sound quite right, but I did think ‘coding’ and ‘complementary’, ‘sense’ and ‘antisense’, and then ‘Crick’ and ‘Watson’.
It wasn’t until then that I remembered that I already had a naming convention: my laptop’s drive is ‘Guinevere’, my Time Capsule is ‘Galahad’, and my printer is ‘Gawain’ (which all started back in Sydney when I had the only Mac in the lab-it was white, and therefore had to be ‘Gandalf’). Steering away from the ambiguity of ‘Lancelot’, I first considered ‘Arthur’ and ‘Merlin’, but finally it hit.
Merlin and Morgana.