As I write this, it’s a beautiful summer day outside. I’m not really thinking very much about SAM tools and technologies today; in fact, what I’m really thinking about is vacation and spending time at the beach relaxing. So since I’m in a lighter mood, I figured I’d keep this blog entry on the lighter side, too.

Did you know that releases of the IBM License Metric Tool had code names? Until recently, I didn’t either. I thought it would be interesting to list them below along with their approximate release dates, and then analyze them to see if they fell into some sort of pattern. So like Jim Lange used to say on “The Dating Game”: Heeeeeeeeeeeeere they are!!

  • ILMT 9.2.12, released 6/6/2018: Jupiter
  • ILMT 9.2.11, released 3/28/2018: Iceberg
  • ILMT 9.2.10, released 12/16/2017: Hobbit
  • ILMT 9.2.9, released 10/9/2017: Ghost
  • ILMT 9.2.8, released 7/3/2017: Farenheit
  • ILMT 9.2.7, released 3/28/2017: Eastwood
  • ILMT 9.2.6, released 12/15/2016: Dune
  • ILMT 9.2.5, released 9/19/2016: Unknown
  • ILMT 9.2.4, released 6/20/2016: Blackbird
  • ILMT 9.2.3, released 3/31/2016: Athena
  • ILMT 9.2.2, released 12/14/2015: Galileo
  • ILMT 9.2.1, released 10/2/2015: Banach
  • ILMT, released 6/26/2015: Kilar
  • ILMT 9.2.0, released 3/20/2015: Lem
  • ILMT, released 12/19/2014: Curie
  • ILMT, released 10/27/2014: Sagan
  • ILMT 9.0.1, released 8/13/2014: Chopin
  • ILMT 9.0, released 12/2013: Kopernik

So what can we conclude from the fun facts above? This is not a scientific analysis by any stretch of the imagination (and I’m really going to stretch your imagination today), and understanding that your mileage may vary, here we go:

  • There are 18 releases of the ILMT 9.x code stream dating back to December of 2013. As Virginia Slims Cigarettes used to advertise, “You’ve come a long way baby”. [You’re not on ILMT 7.5, are you?]
  • Your author is clearly dating himself with the references to Jim Lange and Virginia Slims.
  • There doesn’t appear to be an overall theme if you look at all of the code names put together.
  • Someone is into their scientists (Kopernik ,which may be misspelled, Curie, Galileo). I suppose you could add Banach into this list as he was a Polish mathematician, considered to be very important and influential. I’d also include Farenheit as Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit was a physicist.
  • Someone is into music (Kilar, Chopin) and possibly a Beatles fan (Blackbird).
  • At first, the reference to Sagan might be about Peter Sagan, the professional bike racer. But there is also a reference to Dune the science fiction novel (or possibly the movie), so I’m led to believe the ILMT team has a Carl Sagan fan based on these two space references. (And like me, Carl Sagan is from Brooklyn, NY!) Finally, there’s a code name of Lem, which can be many things, but I’m thinking it’s the abbreviation of the Apollo Lunar Module, which would tie into the other space references. I also realized – Galileo could refer to the shuttlecraft of the USS Enterprise from “Star Trek The Original Series”.
  • Jupiter could easily be linked to the other space references as it is a planet after all. It was also a spaceship from the original Lost in Space series. (I really hated Dr. Smith as a character in that show. I always thought too many episodes focused on him, but I digress.)
  • ILMT 9.2.3 must have been considered a smart release, code named after the Greek goddess Athena, known for (amongst other things) wisdom, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill. (Hmmm, another math reference.)
  • I have no guess as to the origin of these remaining code names, which don’t seem to fit anywhere else: Iceberg (does somebody like lettuce?), Hobbit (which was never my thing), Ghost (the 1990 film was pretty good), and Eastwood (Clint Eastwood maybe?).
  • If you’re not on a current release of ILMT, you can now clearly see how far back you are. And you really should upgrade to the latest release if you’re not on it.
  • IBM has done a terrific job in keeping to their schedule of a new release approximately every quarter.
  • Look at all the trivia you just learned by reading this post. Who said reading about ILMT wasn’t educational? 

I’ll give a virtual beer to the first person who can tell me the code name of the ILMT 9.2.5 release so this list can be complete. Leave your answer in the comments below.

Hope this post finds you having a terrific summer! (If you’re reading this during some other season, then I hope you had a terrific summer).