FUN:  Brainstorming Categories and names for Tech-themed dog Names

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Hello Fellow Experts!

I work with service dogs, and our family dog is a breeding dog for the program who is about to have her first litter.

I had the Idea of having her litters be named using a theme of Computers/Technology/Video games.

To do this we need to think of three (3) categories with Fifteen (15) names each that collectively fit this theme.

I need your help narrowing down categories, and coming up with more names for the categories we decide to use.

For example, I got the Idea for this by thinking it would be fun to name dogs these names:
  • Packet
  • Port
  • Socket

The program's organizer liked this Idea and said the would love to have a dog named TeraByte.

However, as I think of names they tend to come from all over and I can see multiple ways of categorizing them, and I tend to be picking names from all over as one big list making it hard to split up.

Here are some ways of Categorizing which I was considering:
  • Network/Internet Terms
  • Communication Software/Services
  • Productivity Software
  • Computer/Console Hardware
  • PC and Video Games
  • Technology professions and terms

Lets discuss which of these are good and whether there are others that might be better.


Here are additional names I have thought of, as you can see they could be categorized many ways:
  • MegaByte/MegaBit
  • FTP
  • email
  • twitter
  • hashtag
  • SQL (Pronounced Sequel) -- I figure we have to put the pronunciation down for anything not obvious to a non-technical person)
  • Java
  • Powershell
  • Sega
  • Atari
  • XBOX
  • Playstation
  • Dreamcast
  • Nintendo
  • Perhipheral
  • DHCP
  • DNS
  • CPU/Processor
  • 8-bit
  • PetaByte/Bit
  • GigaByte/Bit
  • Hacker
  • Developer
  • Engineer
  • Coder
  • LILO/FIFO
  • LIFO/FILO
  • USB
  • Firewire
  • Thunderbolt
  • Display
  • Jabber
  • Messenger
  • Explorer/Internet Explorer
  • Netscape
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Office
  • Word
  • Excel
  • Powerpoint
  • Outlook

Okay added a few more there too.

In any case, I would like to put this out to all of us in the community to get your suggestions feedback and whatnot.

I think it would make the most sense to use this ticket to brainstorm and make a decision on the final categories and how to divide up the names between them.

Please also suggest more names or tell me which ones you think should be removed -- to that end if you all would prefer to, we can take picking names and sort them into categories into 1 or 3 separate tickets -- but let me know how you think makes the most sense in terms of this.

Also, remember:

  • Categories and names should be Technology/gaming themed.
  • For the categories especially, we should try to come up with something a non-technical user would be able to ID as a category of technology/gaming.
Thanks, I hope you enjoy working on this/these ticket(s) with me a ton! :)
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Ben Personick (Previously QCubed)Lead SaaS Infrastructure Engineer

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lol, some good names there, what do you think for categories would be good simple headings?
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Applications:

Lotus (for a girl)
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you can file this under miscellaneous
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Haha, well that's the problem really with all of these I need to create categories, so right now I have the big list of miscellaneous I did and then these suggestions form you guys, Definitely need some more suggestions, you guys have any others?  I really need help turning these into say 3 categories though, that laymen would consider 'technology'
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So you'll do
Hardware-------------------------------Software----------------------------------------Games
Ben Personick (Previously QCubed)Lead SaaS Infrastructure Engineer

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packet
port
socket
hashtag

etc don't fit will in those categories...
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@Woolmilkproc

Right, those are the Idea, I'd been leaning toward something like  "terms" off and on, and "Applications" and whatnot.

To refresh on some of my category IDeas from the Original post here are some Ideas I had:

Here are some ways of Categorizing which I was considering:
  • Network/Internet Terms
  • Communication Software/Services
  • Productivity Software
  • Computer/Console Hardware
  • PC and Video Games
  • Technology professions and terms

Lets discuss which of these are good and whether there are others that might be better.
Ben Personick (Previously QCubed)Lead SaaS Infrastructure Engineer

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Lets get these squared away and I'll make 3 more questions, one for each category on what names are good, so you guys can get a few more points for helping me with this stuff and because this one is already getting pretty long, thanks!
I'll vote for Games. There should be a lot of good names to find under that:
Mario
Sonic
Pac
Etc
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everything though in IT is either software or hardware, under software their is application--- hacking is either software or hardware --
web development is software so what you are leaning towards are subheadings of the big three I mention above.
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you can't verb a noun, and no hacking also includes social engineering and other soft skills.

besides I want laymen generalized categories which will be useful.
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I'm going to leave the question open through the night (22:35 here now)  and see if we get any other people chiming in with thoughts on the catergories, hopefully I'll be able to narrow it down.

my sincere thanks to everyone who participated so far or through the night.

if I get these catergories determined by sometime tomorrow I'll be pretty happy, and we can try to sort the dog names (and suggest more) in a follow up ticket, so you won't all be point poor for participating.  thanks again!
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I don't think that some abbreviations are good for dog names.  FTP DNS DHCP are a few..  

But the terms that make them up would be good like Dynamic Host Protocol (Configuration) has too many syllables.

The categories seem to me would be    Hardware, Software, Commands, Games, Telecom, Networking, Science.
Ben Personick (Previously QCubed)Lead SaaS Infrastructure Engineer

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Thanks to al for the fun help, I'm going to try to turn this into three lists probably going to use a mix of my own categories and WoolMilkProc's.  Once I have those lists I may open another question to look for a few more names that fit the lists well.

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