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Choosing a Name for Your Computer



Don E. Libes


In order to easily distinguish between multiple computers, we give them names. Experience has taught us that it is as easy to choose bad names as it is to choose good ones. This essay presents guidelines for deciding what makes a name good or bad.
Communications of the Acm
Vol. 37, No. 11


computer administration, computer network management, domain name system, naming conventions


Libes, D. (1989), Choosing a Name for Your Computer, Communications of the Acm, [online], (Accessed April 12, 2024)
Created November 1, 1989, Updated February 17, 2017