Monday, January 18, 2010

SoftWare Technical Roundtable (SWTR) - Global Technology Weekly Webinar

For almost five years  I have been hosting a weekly technology webinar called the SoftWare Technical Roundtable (SWTR).  The SWTR has evolved from initially Sun only to a global Sun and Sun's Partners Weekly Webinar showcasing Sun's software technologies.  I have really enjoyed this and I know that we have created a tremendous amount of IP over the years.  We would also use the venue to provide organized feedback into Product Management for software product futures.

Last month, the SWTR became part of Sun's Continuous Engineering Conference (SCEC) joining Sun's System and Storage Lines Of Businesses.  These sessions typically run about two hours with the emphasis on hands-on, deep dive technical sessions led by Subject Matter Experts (SME).  We record these sessions for those who might miss the sessions.   Partners can learn more here at onestop4partners (login/password controlled).

If you are a Sun employee or a Sun Partner and would like to join the SWTR, please let me know.  Sun employees and Sun Partners know how to reach me :-)

ZL-1 Corvette Stingray and the Corvette ZR1

I get a number of Corvette magazines and auto magazines each month.  The February 2010 Motor Trend has an article on Spectacular Supercars.  Number eight on the list is the 1969 ZL-1 and at the 20th slot is the 2009 ZR1.  I have never seen a ZL-1 live, but I have seen multiple ZR1s live. 

I did not realize that the ZL1 engine was available on Camaros as well during that time frame.  What is most interesting about the ZL-1 is that there is a widely held belief that there were only two ever manufactured - a yellow one and a white one.  However, the article below points out that there was a ZL1 engine option available for $4,700.   That was a LOT of money in 1969 for a single option on a car, even a Corvette's racing engine option.

If money was no object, I would buy a new ZR1 3ZR (high end option) and use it as my daily driver.  I would go with the Cyber Gray Metallic or Black exterior color option.   I think the ZR1 is the absolute best bang for the buck of any car out there.  The Nissan GT-R owners might argue with me.  I would argue that while the GT-R certainly has impressive numbers, however, if it has four seats, it ain't a sports car :-)

Since it was 48 degrees today, I washed my Corvette and my wife's Mini Cooper S so I guess I am thinking about sports cars....

Information on the ZL-1 Corvette Stingray can be found here.

Information on the ZR1 can be found here.