If you would have asked someone a couple of years ago the name of their computer they might have looked at you funny. Today we have more and more home users that have home networks with multiple computers. The moment you want to share files between them the fun of finding out what the computer name begins.
For most people this is an easy task, they don’t even have to look, the list auto populates for them letting them know what the computer is, but what if the computer is named XP993809 and the are 3 others like that. The person that is not computer savvy might have to call some kind of tech support. Finding the name is actually not that difficult in most operating systems. The questions is, what should we name them?
In a corporate environment I have seen almost everything. From Simpsons characters to Godzilla adversaries, I have seen some colorful names. I think this is the wrong way to name servers unless you have less than 10 or you are the only one that needs to know like Mike @ gaucho soft. He recently implemented some new servers for his weather solution Seasonality with names that mean something to him.
I believe that is the approach that everyone should take at home. Make the computer names something that is easy to remember and means something to you. If everyone in your family has a laptop, then name them accordingly. If you only have a couple of computers and many people use them, use the location of the computer or a physical characteristic.
In the end this seems like a very trivial thing, however, like always remembering to back up and changing your password, it will not seem trivial once you actually need it and it might save you some time.