Sunday, November 07, 2010

The best FreeNAS name ever: Meet Atoz.

I've been planning a homebrew NAS system. Most of the parts have arrived, and the system is taking shape. Until today, the system lacked a name, an identity -- a personality.

I'm a sci-fi geek. My home systems are always named after robots and computers -- mostly Heinlein, Asimov and Star Trek. I needed a robot name that captured the idea of redundant storage and archiving. Looking through a list of fictional robots, I found the perfect name, from a character in the original Star Trek episode All Our Yesterdays.

As described at the encyclopedic Star Trek site Memory Alpha:
Mr. Atoz was an inhabitant of the planet Sarpeidon whose sun was going supernova. He was the overseer of a library and the atavachron, a time portal device that he used to transport the inhabitants of the planet into the past in order to escape its destruction. He had replicas of himself to help him in the library. [emphasis mine].

Redundant library robots using history for disaster planning? My choice is clear.

So are my next actions. It is a moral imperative that I order a Mac.

So that I can say that Atoz is helping me to store Time Machine information.

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