So, I got some very good feedback on the IP Mnemonics that I was kicking around earlier. I worked with a colleague in person for a some time today and we whittled the list down to the required 256 entries - so, here's version 0.5 of some proposed IP mnemonics. (For those of you not following along, they're used in place of standard set of four octal IP addresses: 192.168.100.9 for example)
Sorry, jbucata, I decided to stick with three letter ones for a few reasons, mostly because I'm lazy. 8^), but I did track down and eliminate last few two-syllable words.
mbrubeck - thanks for the references. We managed to get a few things right, trying to eliminate homonyms and near-homonyms/soundalikes, acronyms, obscure or difficult to pronounce words, proper names, etc. I think that we have done a fair job of doing so.
This system has a few advantages over other systems and an equal (if not greater) number of disadvantages:
- All mnemonics will be 12 characters, which is hypothetically backwards compatible with the four x three digits maximum available before. (== easy way to assign guaranteed unique machine names, which was my original intention way back when...)
- The mnemonics (mnes from now on) are in alphabetical order(*), which offers some visual clues to the IP behind it. (This can also be viewed as a disadvantage as well)
- We special cased 0 and 255 as 'zip' and 'all', respectively.
- The one-to-one ratio makes translation easy to do by hand.
The disadvantages are:
- There's a limit to the phonetic distance one can have in only three letters. This is not optimised for speaking
- The words were strained by hand, which leads to vagaries in the choices, as we all know.
- Lots more
So, using the 0.5 version...
- advogato.org: kiwi cannonball goldfish warranty
- lowly.limpet.net: beaming escapade spigot apollo
- norlug.org: beaming supportive upshot applicant
- advogato.org: heavy-blitz-tictac
- lowly.limpet.net: except-energy-banjo </li>
- norlug.org: frank-flood-axiom
- IP Mnemonic - the new kid
- advogato.org: lag-bus-irk-who;
- lowly.limpet.net: bin-gap-rut-ape
- norlug.org: bin-sky-was-ant
God knows I'll have more to say about this later. Gotta sleep.