.@ Tony Finch's name


People sometimes ask why my username is fanf (e.g. fanf@FreeBSD.org or fanf@apache.org etc.) it is because my full name is "Frederick Anthony Nicholas Finch" so my initials are "F.A.N.F.". It is conveniently unique (ish). Note that it is pronounced as one syllable (i.e. not "fan-eff").

My first name is "Frederick" because it's a family name: for seven generations the first child in my family has been a boy called Frederick Finch (though the middle names have varied). One of my forenames is "Nicholas" in memory of my father's half-brother, Nick Tomalin who was killed in the Yom Kippur War when working as a war correspondent. (Nick was the first husband of the biographer Clare Tomalin.) "Anthony" is my given name, though I usually abbreviate it to "Tony".

People sometimes ask why I am fanf2 instead of fanf. This is my work username: the current Cambridge policy is 5 to 7 characters comprising your initials plus a distinguishing number allocated first-come-first-served, and the number starts with a digit greater than 1 to avoid confusion with letters. (The policy has been different in the past, but the current one is good enough to have remained stable for several years.) If you see me with a number after my initials (e.g. on IRC or sending email from fanf2@cam.ac.uk) then I'm at work.


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