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Bob Dylan Released His First Ever Album This Day, 55-Years Ago — March 19, 1962.

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One of the songs from that album.


I was 8 at the time and living in Ceylon.

It would be another 5 years before I was exposed to Mr. Dylan.

I am a huge fan of his ‘early’ songs.

Was lucky enough to see him, perform live, c. 2004. He was past his peak.

But, it was still and honor.

A GREAT MAN.


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IBM To Buy Weather Channel Assets — Ah? Did Watson Come Up With This OR Was It Boy Dylan?

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This DOES NOT make sense.

This sounds REALLY dumb.

Of all the things that IBM could have gainfully spent its money on — weather forecasting ‘technology’? Somebody has a screw loose.

YES, I am huge believer in Watson.

IF this acquisition is to HELP Watson did IBM executives ask Watson what he thought about it (and let’s not even go there, since ‘Watson’ is named after the Watsons he has to be MALE)?

I get a feeling that rather than ask Watson they asked Bob Dylan — Watson’s new spokesman.

This does NOT make me happy. This actually makes me livid.

As an ex-IBMer, who managed to make a modest living for nearly 40 years on my knowledge of all things IBM, I still bleed blue when cut. IF you don’t understand that expression, YOU should not be dabbling in anyway with IBM, once “Big Blue” — now “Middling Blue“.

Aaaahhhh!

IBM. Funny this. I actually made a comment on IBM mainframes on Facebook yesterday and a few people like it. 


IBM, IF It Has Any Sense, Would Resurrect ‘Grid Computing’ To Augment ‘Cloud Computing’.

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IBM’s latest stock price. From ‘marketwatch.com’. 52 week high was $176.

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IBM ‘RedBook’ on ‘Grid Computing’ from 2005. It is still on IBM’s Website. Click image to access (the PDF).


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Click to ENLARGE and read. First two pages of a book I started to write in 2004, with encouragement from IBM, on ‘Grid & Autonomic Computing’. I was glad I managed to find a copy on this PC after 11 years!


Cloud Computing‘, nebulous as it is, is the latest IT ‘very hip’, ‘ultra-cool’ buzzword — in the same league as some of those from the past, such as XML, ATM (for Asynchronous Transfer Mode), OSI and OS/2.

95% of those that glibly bandy the term ‘Cloud Computing’ have absolutely no idea what it means! It is the hip term to drop. ‘Cloud Computing’ is a the latest way to describe a decades old methodology, i.e., server-centric processing and storage. ‘Cloud Computing’ as such is NOT new, not by a long chalk.

‘Cloud Computing’, at IBM, is just the latest of a long list of futile, high burn projects that IBM never was able to capitalize on. Everybody else may have forgotten, BUT I still remember Nways. And I also remember SAA, Liza (no, no, not that one), NetView.

And then there was ‘Grid Computing‘. ‘Grid Computing’ makes sense and is more relevant TODAY than it has ever been.

Google and Amazon understand that and they have now stolen IBM’s march on ‘Grid Computing’ — though way back in 2002 – 2005, this was IBM’s bailywick.

‘Grid Computing’, see MY definition above, goes hand-in-hand with ‘Cloud Computing’. It is a way to make ‘Cloud’ more efficient and as such cost-effective.

IBM, if it had any sense, would resurrect its Grid initiatives. IF they can’t remember what they are they should give me a call.

Grid …

That is what can SAVE IBM.

Remember, in July, I already told you that IBM revenues would continue to decline. 


Did Watson Use AI To Pick Bob Dylan For The New IBM Commercials?

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This commercial was on CNBC this morning around 10 am (Eastern). Deanna called me out of the bathroom to (rewind the DVR) and watch it.

Inspired!

Cute.

In my eyes Bob Dylan can do no wrong. I am a huge, ‘life long’ fan. We saw him, at ‘Meadowbrook‘, 2nd row seats, c. 2004. Deanna hates him with a passion. And that could be the issue with this commercial.

It will resonate with folks of my vintage — and most of those do have ‘C’ titles. That is good. But the problem is that 95% of corporate IT is now being done, time never standing still, by folks of Deanna’s age and younger. Dylan doesn’t mean much to them. And that really is the BIG problem that has besetted IBM for the last decade. Never mind Dylan, the name ‘IBM’ holds no significance, let alone reverence, to the current crop of IT professionals.

Think IBM “Think” signs sits in front of my keyboard even as I now type. It was given to me during my first week at IBM in August 1974. One of the FEW things from that era that I still have. But I also have one of my original S/370 reference cards and a few IBM flowcharting templates!

The days of ‘you can’t get fired for choosing IBM’ are long gone and in reality it is now a case of ‘you can most certainly get fired for choosing IBM’.

I have to confess, though he does smile, Dylan does look scary in this commercial. Deanna opined that she was not surprised that he looks so bad that ‘given that he must be in his 80s’! How unkind. I said I didn’t think he was that old and that he has to be in his 70s. I just looked. Born May 24, 1941, Robert Allen Zimmerman, in Duluth, Minnesota. So he is 74.

Bob Dylan is 17 years OLDER than IBM (which came to be known by that name as of February 14, 1924). THINK about that.


“Capitol Steps”, Satire To Music, In Wolfeboro, NH, Friday, August 28, 2015: Hilarious & Exceptionally Clever.

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They, the five extremely gifted and versatile members from ‘Capitol Steps‘, were rip-roaringly, sidesplittingly funny. Extremely clever too. It was sophisticated, highbrow witticism — and a well-heeled, mature Lakes Region audience (and there were folks from as far away as Laconia) loved it. There was no resort to crudity or gutter-humor. It was all top-notch, equal-opportunity, no-sacred-cows lampooning. That it was done, by and large, with new words to well known musical classics — such as ‘The Boxer’, ‘Let It Be’, ‘Hotel California’ — made it even more special and easy on the ear. The jokes were true gems and I wish I had had the foresight to have taken notes.

“Obama” saying that one of his concerns about taking out Basher al-Assad in Syria was his fear that his brother Jeb al-Assad will step into the breach. Cracked me up. Bill Clinton shrugging his shoulders as to whether he was implicated by the ‘Ashley Madison‘ security breach had to be seen to be fully appreciated and I could relate to Bill saying that he didn’t have Hillary’s e-mail because he never asked her for hers incase she asked him for his. George W. Shrub talking to Obama about gay marriage and saying that he thinks it will please the BLT community was so close to the mark that it was scary. You could see the Shrub doing that.

Pope Francis singing “Don’t Cry for me Argentina” was SUBLIME though I am sure 90% of the audience did not know of the Pope’s “dark days” in Argentina which is what really made this poignant. I actually talked about Francis’ “dark days” in Argentina in my latest book — about Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. in September 2015 — since he will come across a reminder of these days when he is in D.C.

The sequence shown here of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio protecting the border against NATIVE Americans was both funny, thought provoking and unsettling.

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Though it was predominantly political humor they parodied others too. Tim Cook of Apple bemoaned that the Apple watch did everything BUT tell the time. Loved that, though I am, of course, an Apple shareholder. They also lampooned Bob Dylan and Deanna, who has never liked him (probably because she was too young to have savored him in his prime), loved it. It always upsets me when people make fun of Dylan — who I was lucky enough to see, about 10 years ago, from the 2nd row, at Gilford. I am a huge Dylan fan.

The scene of Mitch McConnell and a laid back, slovenly attired Harry Reid getting married to boost the popularity of Congress was worthy of Seinfeld.

All in all it was a BLAST. The audience just lapped it up. Our largest audience of the year! The huge, 800-seat Kingswood Performance Center auditorium was nearly full. I, for the first time ever, had to sit on the ‘floor’! But it was worth it.

BRAVO and THANK YOU.

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They finished off the show, which was well over two hours long, with their inspired take — to Billy Joel’s iconic “We Didn’t Start The Fire” — but with THEIR take on the 33 years of THEIR existence (as opposed to Billy Joel’s take on the key hundred events of 1949 to 1989). It was GOOD. It was GREAT. It was VERY CLEVER. OK, I will be honest. It wasn’t as good as the version by the Sky Sports cricket commentators, but it was close — and the Sky version had multiple singers and was masterfully edited and produced.

The “Capitol Steps” version, as was to be expected made much of Monica Lewinsky’s Blue Dress. I loved that part, so much so that after the show I had to go and take this picture of the dress. But, MY Monica joke, in my opinion, still stands tall.

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