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From: Garry.W...@maritz.com (Ward, Garry E.)
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Subject: RE: The State of Corporate IT: A case for Linux
Date: 3 Sep 2001 06:53:19 -0700
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Recently saw the new TV ad for Linux z900 servers; laughed for a half hour.

A fellow is rushing around a huge empty room explaining to the police that
"they are all gone; somebody stole all of them, all the servers". Another
fellow wonders in from the far side of the room and asks what is going on.
The first fellow tells him that all the servers have been stolen. The second
guy says "You didn't get the e-mail?  We moved them all onto that server
over the weekend", while pointing into the far corner where stands a single
big black box.

Laughed so hard, I scared the cats.

Garry E. Ward
Senior Software Specialist
Maritz  Research, Inc.
Automotive Research Group

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From: Jim_Elli...@ca.ibm.com (Jim Elliott/Markham/IBM)
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Subject: The Heist
Date: 4 Sep 2001 15:28:29 -0700
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(also posted on the linux-390 and vmesa-l lists)

> Recently saw the new TV ad for Linux z900 servers; laughed for a
> half hour.

> A fellow is rushing around a huge empty room explaining to the
> police that "they are all gone; somebody stole all of them, all the
> servers". Another fellow wonders in from the far side of the room
> and asks what is going on. The first fellow tells him that all the
> servers have been stolen. The second guy says "You didn't get the
> e-mail? We moved them all onto that server over the weekend", while
> pointing into the far corner where stands a single big black box.

Garry:

The big black box is an IBM zSeries 900 server. You can expect to see
this commercial a LOT over the next week or so. There are both 30
second and 60 second versions (the longer one is much funnier). This
is the first ever IBM television commercial for a mainframe! You can
see a "low resolution" (i.e. small) version of this on my web site at
http://ibm.com/vm/devpages/jelliott/linux.html today and a higher
resolution version will be out on our ibm.com site in a week or so.

Regards, Jim