April 24th, 2008

Correction: I work for a company that helps cook dinner

In the famed Larry and Brin, "do no evil" context, it looks like we are starting to try to reposition energy eating data centers as both swimming pool heaters(see my earlier post) and now, also an aid to cooking your dinner.

Hardly a new idea though, back in the 1970's on one of the first large scale computer servers aka mainframes I worked on, we used to store Chinese and Indian takeaway inside the server for 4-5 hours to keep it warm on evening and night shift. The scary thing, back in those days microwaves didn't exist!

The IBM 370/145 was a T-shaped server, laying on its back, the whole top of the T was largely empty, ready in case you wanted to upgrade to a 370/148 or 155(I think). So it became common place to store stuff in there that you wanted to keep warm and dry. Ideal for takeaway and girlie magazines(so I'm told!).

See the youtube video here.

Blogging extravaganza

Looks like blogging is going to take an bigger slice of my time in the coming months and years.

I've been invited to become a guest blogger for the greateribm blog. I've kinda been struggling to find some topics to discuss though, since the greateribm blog is for alumni and current employees as well as those with a general interest in IBM. Since most of what I do is technology research and advanced technology implementation it's not applicable for their blog, but they want me to contribute as I'm a senior technical leader at IBMer. I'll noodle on it.

However, I was delighted today when Tim Trentham of Austin Metroblogging emailed me today and asked me to become a contributer. I didn't hesitate. It will make me apply a bit more thought to some of my posts than I'd normally apply here, but I already have some ideas and it will be a way to get some of those more widely read. Look for my first post sometime this week on the VMUification of South 1st, followed by some that will be triathlon related.