Diving for Par
turbotodd 100000388Y Visits (1974)
scuba diving for golf balls in Boynton Beach, Florida, earlier this week when he was attacked by a 9-foot alligator.
Apparently, the alligator went directly after Mr. Martinez's air supply by attacking his scuba tank, although I imagine what the gator was really after were the Titleist Pro V1 golf balls stuffed away in his scuba bag of goodies (a box of Pro V1s has an MSRP of $58, according to a recent visit to the Titleist Web site.)
Fortunately for Mr. Martinez, he survived and was treated for minor injuries. The alligator, however, was not quite so fortunate -- it was slated to be sent packing to those Great Everglades in the sky, sans the V1s.
Me, I'll stick with my Top Flites, and try to avoid mixing the diving and driving.
Champagne or Orange Juice?
Meanwhile, let me bring to your attention yesterday's announcement of IBM's System z9 Business Class (z9 BC, for short) mainframe computers.
Designed to help smaller companies do more work with less computers at higher rates of IT utilization, these babies can do what it used to take tens or hundreds of servers to do. Yes, there's a server utilization efficiency story there, but as oil hovers around $70 a barrel, it can also help save on energy costs and floor space (not to mention the nightmare of trying to manage and keep track of all those servers named after characters from obscure science fiction novels.)
You can read here what some analysts have said about travelling via z9 Business Class -- and mind you, while quotes about mainframe computing aren't the most pithy and quotable around, this one stood out: "...[it] should help IBM extend its reach into new markets running new workloads." Simple and pithy, don't you think?
Now, would you like a hot towel before dinner?