Painting the bikeshed

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Or, a list of names for physical servers.

Beginning with the quad-core Intel machines, we use the Twelve Labors of Hercules.

  1. lion
  2. hydra
  3. hind - decommissioned
  4. boar
  5. stables
  6. birds
  7. bull
  8. mares
  9. girdle
  10. cattle
  11. apples
  12. cerberus
  13. council

(Bonus quest from The Onion).

Post-Hercules, we're using Kaguya's impossible requests.

That night, Taketori no Okina told the five princes what each of them must bring. The first was told to bring her the stone begging bowl of the Buddha from India. The second was told to retrieve a jewelled branch from the island of Penglai[4]. The third was told to seek the legendary robe of the fire-rat of China. The fourth must retrieve a colored jewel from a dragon's neck. The final prince was told to find the seashell treasure of the swallows.

  1. bowl
  2. branch
  3. robe
  4. jewel
  5. seashell

Having run through Kaguya, we're moving on to the Thirteen Treasures of the Island of Britain.

  1. sword
  2. hamper
  3. horn
  4. chariot
  5. halter
  6. knife
  7. cauldron
  8. whetstone
  9. coat
  10. crock
  11. dish - latest (6/19/10)
  12. chessboard
  13. mantle

Note that we're coming perilously close to a collision -- I especially like the clothing ("girdle", "robe", "coat", and "mantle") and crockery ("bowl", "cauldron", "crock", "dish"). Weaponry, surprisingly enough, only shows up twice. The preponderance of animals, we may assume, is due to some predilection on the part of the Greeks.

Unless someone has a better idea, the Chinese provide the next list:

  1. pearl
  2. lozenges
  3. chime
  4. horns
  5. coins
  6. ingot
  7. coral
  8. scepter