Taylormade R9 Supermax Driver

Taylormade introduces their all new R9 SuperMax driver for 2010. The SuperMax is made for MAX distance and MAX ease of use. The ultra forgiving 460cc conforming black SuperMax features high MOI and high launch and big carry thanks to a deep and low center of gravity. The shallower face and larger head provide a large sweet spot and confidence at address. 


The clubs look to be a great match for the Japanese market where the average golfer makes the majority of the golfer population. Taylormade Japan continues to churn out Japan only products including putters, forged irons, drivers and filling the sales charts where Japanese golfers don’t hesitate to spend big yen for new clubs.


The SuperMax also features Flight Control Technology which allows for the head to be adjusted to 8 different positions altering trajectory and direction by changing the loft, lie and face angle. With the new FCT Sleeve, the R9 Supermax comes in at an ultralight weight. This makes for increased swing speed and more overall distance for the average golfer. Also the all Titanium head features an inverted cone technology face and ultra thin wall crown at 0.6mm.



From there you can take off again along the road westwards to Newport and the Celtic Manor Resort, or go north through the beautiful Wye Valley to a Rolls-Royce amongst courses. You can even fly in direct to Cardiff International Airport. Whatever your direction of travel, you’ll land yourself outstanding golf.


What I’m saying is I usually don’t like long drivers and try not to play anything over 45.5″ and that is the max. The Supermax felt softer at impact than the Type E and Supertri and the sound was more of a subtle tink. I actually liked the trajectory of the 9.5* as it was not overly high unlike many max carry high launch drivers today. 


By the way, it is a new driver, and you can have a try. The closed face of the driver and the design and weighting of the head produces a soft draw with good distance.

Scaling systems configuration at Facebook – Phil Dibowitz

For many years, Facebook managed its systems with cfengine2. With many individual clusters over 10k nodes in size, a slew of different constantly-changing system configurations, and small teams, this system was showing its age and the complexity was steadily increasing, limiting its effectiveness and usability. It was difficult to integrate with internal systems, testing was often impractical, and it provided no isolation of configurations, among many other problems. After an extensive evaluation of the tools and paradigms in modern systems configuration management – open source, proprietary, and a potential home-grown solution – we built a system based on Chef.

The evaluation process involved understanding the direction we wanted to take in managing the next many iterations of systems, clusters, and teams. More importantly, we evaluated the various paradigms behind effective configuration management and the different kinds of scale they provide. What we ended up with is an extremely flexible system that allows a tiny team to manage an incredibly large number of systems with a variety of unique configuration needs. In this talk we will look at the paradigms behind the system we built, the software we chose and why, and the system we built using that software. Further, we will look at how the philosophies we followed can apply to anyone wanting to scale their systems infrastructure.