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Byrd
29th March 2004, 04:27 PM
Interested on how peoples nickname (or rather, online alias) came about. I don't really like mine - having used it for years - but my surname is Bird, and for some reason I thought having an uppercase 'Y' made it look like a bird in flight :blink:

Anyhow, I'm off the crack now and all is good :D

JB

Disko
29th March 2004, 04:31 PM
Well... obviously to some, my nick came from the simpsons character Disco Stu. Like i do with everything - I wanted to personalise it, so i made it Disko instead, so it was more IT based.

LCGuy
29th March 2004, 04:54 PM
Well, i was thinking of a new name i could use one day, and i decided that seeing as though i'm considered an expert with the LC series machines, and because i have more LC series machines than i do any other Mac series, and because i'm a guy, i thought that LCGuy would be the best name for me! :D

pipsqeek
29th March 2004, 06:19 PM
My name came from a total oxymoron.

A pipsqeek I aint. I'm a big bloke, look like a Harley ride'n mofo that could smash your face in if I wanted to.

Most people I meet the first time are scared of me, whether I wear a suit or my usual Iron Maiden T-Shirts.

Spelling it incorrectly gives more emphasis on the type of person I am not. pip-sqEEk. as in EEEK

I really just chose it once automatically when I was at a friends place, and used the internet for the first time. Went to IRC and looked at as much porn as I could before finally using the internet for its greatest ability, information. Now, 25 the nick is still the same, *whispers - the porn is still the same* but I spend more time using it for TAFE work, general knowledge, news, education, humour, wasting time.

sometimes I change it at LAN parties to "Whats my name Biatch" so when they call it at the end of the night for the badge draw, I here the LAN Admins say it. It always gets a laugh...see, fun lovin!

Steve

This is me, driving my big ass 4X4 down the road.

Currawong
30th March 2004, 08:04 AM
ROFL.

Not as much drama as mine. Back in '94, a mate at uni got us all hooked into email and chatting on the net (imagine everyone going to the labs to email each other, it was rather silly). Anyway, "Zed" was too depressing a name, so I decided to think up something more original. In my parents' house in Canberra, we get Magpies coming to the back door for food, and we'd hand feed them, with the Currawong's trying to steal the leftovers.

For those of you in the USA or elsewhere, they are both Australian native birds.

kim jong il
30th March 2004, 03:25 PM
I had been thinking for some time now that this would be an interesting thread so was pleased to see that Byrd thought the same and initiated it.

Kim jong il??? Inneffective north korean madman? and beloved leader.

Some years ago I was given a 4Gb SCSI drive (when this was still a respectable size) A seagate barracuda. I reformatted it; it passed all tests.........So........ I entrusted it with a whole swag of unique data, deleted the originals and then on access "too many bad blocks" Restart. "too many bad blocks" WTF?? Needless to say I was less than happy but I did learn a lesson.

A year? or so later I go out to purchase a new HD advertised for a really good price. What should it be but the old seagate barracuda again. An object of terror and none too reliable (from experience) but thats what I was sold.

For a volume name? Object of terror..... Unreliable...... Kim jong il! Hence a whole new volume naming protoocol was born. Formerly these HD's were named for the biblical three wise men. Afterwards they became idi amin, saddam hussein, osama and kim jong il. All madmen and none too reliable. The volume saddam is still looking for a new name (not so much now an object of terror; rather an object of pity and contempt). On this one saddam may be a good name for a PC.

Kim jong il has since become also my gaming alias and the beloved leader theme extends to work where it is the source of bewilderment to some and amusement to those well informed enough to understand.

BTW and for the record, the new seagate barracuda @15000 hours (approx) still performs silently and flawlessly but the name sticks.

cheers, kim

Disko
30th March 2004, 03:46 PM
Good to see you back, kim. :)

sillydog701
30th March 2004, 07:22 PM
Nothing much to say about my username, SillyDog701. It was from my website's name http://sillydog.org/

The website has nothing to do with dogs, and I personally don't like dogs. (I am a cat person.) So why did I call my website SillyDog701 (http://sillydog.org/)? It was back in 97 when I started my website, and I thought I need a name that's easy and catchy, and I can't remember why I got the name "SillyDog". As for the number part - 701, well, I like numbers (number theory) and "701" matches "SillyDog" well, if you prounce 701 as seven-o-one. Of course, 701 is a prime number!

So what's my website about? It all started from Netscape stuff, Netscape Browser Archive (http://sillydog.org/narchive/). Then t became a community for Netscape/Mozilla users (SillyDog701 Message Centre (http://sillydog.org/forum/)) Of course over those years, the forum has grown up and now covering more areas.

jameso
31st March 2004, 06:30 PM
good to see you back kim

jameso is my unix login name on all systems

i used to use accura, which came off a modem (hayes accura 28.8)

also neuromancer but that is obviously lame

jameso

Shawry
31st March 2004, 08:40 PM
Nothing special for my nickname, just my last name with a bit of pazzaz! :P

mbd
31st March 2004, 09:09 PM
Originally posted by sillydog701@Mar 30 2004, 07:22 PM
So what's my website about? It all started from Netscape stuff, Netscape Browser Archive (http://sillydog.org/narchive/).
Hey sillydog,

I used to work for Netscape in Melbourne, and have a bunch of old paraphernalia. If you're a big fan, PM me your mailing address and I will see if there are any doubles that I am willing to part with ;-). I almost certainly have a spare mouse pad with a magic motion effect that makes the logo move as you look from different angles...

Crambo
1st April 2004, 12:51 AM
Well I can never seem to study correctly, so I tend to cram a lot. I took this Rambo, came up with Crambo, the king of cram :-P.

InfiniteAnthony
1st April 2004, 09:20 AM
My nick is boring like my desktop. Its just the oversea's name for the car I drive Eunos 800 = Xedos 9

Another nickname well known for are Lantis (Japanese name for an BA Astina and also a anime cartoon character).

stevejay
1st April 2004, 11:37 AM
Before I came to the Mac (and Hobart town) I used to hack about in Launceston on C64s, Trash80s and Microbees and people would, as they do today with Macs and (unfortunately more often) PCs, ask for my help. Often they'd asked somebody else with more knowledge, got sneered at and come to me, to which I'd exclaim kill the bloody geek. A friend, in such a situation suggested I was Kilroy the de-geeker and Kilroy de Geek was born.

These days, I'm Steve (Stephen) Jay (my real name) anywhere not involving music, and Kilroy de Geek in musical circles because Steve (Stephen) Jay in the USA is Weird Al Jankovic's bass player (and an accomplished muso in his own right, too - check www.stephenjay.com) and I got sick of people asking me on the net what Weird Al is like to work with (TRUE!)

"Kilroy" also founded "Team Firefly" night time, critical mass style recreational cycling (firefly.freeservers.com) along with "Pedro Allen Power" (another nic which I coined when I was editor of the Bicycle Tasmania newsletter and web site to overcome the problem of members' articles being light on at deadline)

Much of this nominative creativity has been based on an attempt at the urban myth that famous people have often become so because they changed their names. In my case the evidence doesn't stack up ;)

PS: My avatar I call "Willy Anorak" - a piece of self deprecation - after a recent incident on another board where he caused offence (after two months of mental digestion!) they weren't amused when I offered to "pull my willy" if he didn't fit the family friendly mood they were trying to create. Sometimes I should think before I write!!! :unsure:

kim jong il
1st April 2004, 05:00 PM
Originally posted by stevejay@Apr 1 2004, 11:37 AM
EDIT: snipped for brevity

PS: My avatar I call "Willy Anorak" - a piece of self deprecation - after a recent incident on another board where he caused offence (after two months of mental digestion!) they weren't amused when I offered to "pull my willy" if he didn't fit the family friendly mood they were trying to create. Sometimes I should think before I write!!! :unsure:
I love it (the above paragraph that is)

voidboi
1st April 2004, 06:15 PM
VoidBoi comes from back in the days of marathon, i was just VidBoi then, but one spelling mistake and the name stuck ;)

-[V]oid

Astrobuoy
1st April 2004, 09:43 PM
Doesn't take a genius to figure mine. Astroboy was taken all over the shop already so I thought up a different way to spell it. Now instead of being Osamu Tezuka, I'm a fixed point in the cosmos. :D

My hotmail handle "Pittboy" came from an old ex-girlfriend who noticed I always used to read "Pitt" comics, so she dubbed me that.

jameso
5th April 2004, 09:19 AM
pitt rules

jameso

slowly
9th April 2004, 05:03 PM
My nick was given to me by a Japanese exchange student way back in school. She was talking about how easy it was to talk to me and was trying to say "xx speaks very slowly", what she actually said was "xx is very slowly" and it stuck :)

decryption
9th April 2004, 05:19 PM
Mine's just some pseudo hacker esque attempt to be cool :P

mhollis
10th April 2004, 12:33 AM
Originally posted by kim jong il@Mar 30 2004, 03:25 PM
The volume saddam is still looking for a new name (not so much now an object of terror; rather an object of pity and contempt). On this one saddam may be a good name for a PC.
What about Robert Mugabe. He even has a "Hitler moustache."

It is well known that he has initiated a plan of ethnic clensing in Zimbabwe, after first throwing out all of the international media and persons with contact to the rest of humanity.

Mine is my login. Boring, I know but I don't want to wind up having a "senior moment" when i'm trying to log in somewhere. I tend to change my password, not my login.

stickman67
10th April 2004, 12:36 PM
I was 12 years old, tall and thin, so the guys at boarding school called me Stick.

That nic is usually gone when I join anything, so I've added "man" on the end ('cause that's what my brother-in-law calls me anyway) and the 67 is for the year I was born.

Never fails! :P