Back in December I gave a glowing review of the movie The Hobbit Part 2 (technically "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"). A quick recap - go see it, rent it, buy it - it was very good.
Now for a completely different take on another high profile movie, let me take a few words to describe The Lone Ranger, which we rented to view at home. It was dreadful, awful, a complete waste of money and time, and just downright bad. I'd say more about it but I don't want to take the time to look through a thesaurus since I'm sure you've already gotten the point. The length of this movie is 2 hours and 29 minutes, which is just about 2 hours and 29 minutes too long. I'm struggling to come up with a scene in the movie that I liked, but can't quite do it. I found the movie confusing, boring, and in some ways disgusting. I've seen speculation that people don't want to watch Westerns any more. No, I conclude that people don't want to watch bad Westerns any more.
The reason I got the movie in the first place (yes, it was my idea, though I hate to admit it), was that I fell for the myth that any movie with Johnny Depp would be a good movie. Maybe that was true once upon a time, but I now consider that to be a myth in the bad sense of the word.
Turning to work-related things, there is another myth I've heard recently. Some people have the mistaken notion that the DS8870 (latest version of the fabulously successful DS8000 line) is for mainframes only. Not so! I've seen the figures from our call home data. They indicate that although yes, while the DS8000 does attach to a lot of mainframes, it attaches to many more servers of other types. In fact, the ratio of mainframe attach for DS8000 is roughly 1 in 3. So what is the attraction for non-mainframe folks? Oh, just great reliability, fantastic performance, and really powerful features such as Easy Tier (and Easy Tier is no charge, by the way).
And by the way, if you have an IBM storage box that isn't calling home, please enable it to do so. The benefits are many:
- Avoid unplanned outages
- Securely and automatically send diagnostic data to IBM Support
- Get faster support from IBM
- Save time and money maintaining your IT environment
- There is no additional charge for systems under warranty or maintenance agreements
See here for more details and a short video.
I want to remind my readers about Edge2014 - it starts 19 May 2014 at the Venetian in Las Vegas, NV. It's not that far away now!
Updated 20 FEB 2014 - added "while" for readability.