Disclosures

Last updated: February 2016.

Many thanks to Bob Plankers for giving permission for me to rip off his disclosure statement. He expressed things so well, I’m delighted to mirror it. So here it is:

Public disclosure is required by certain programs, events, vendors, and the FCC. Furthermore, I believe in “blogging with integrity” (yes, I have signed the pledge) such that my readers should be able to trust what I write as my own opinion, and be able to discern anything promotional. I promise to make disclosures on individual pages where appropriate, and to only endorse products and services which I believe in.

My employer(s) do not and can not certify or endorse products, services, or vendors. Any implied or explicit instance of this is done by me as myself. Evaluations and testing I conduct in conjunction with my employer(s) are done in accordance with applicable procurement laws and policies. Disclosures of testing equipment, methodologies, and parameters in my writings are done so results can be reproduced and do not constitute endorsement.

I do reserve the right to change my mind about everything, as I learn more or have convincing discussions with others. I do not believe in revisionist blogging, and will not delete blog posts except under extreme circumstances. Where I encounter older posts which don’t reflect my current state of mind I will post an update to them as an addendum. I do not actively police older content of mine, so there may be conflicts. Sorry. Comments submitted to this blog become the property of John Herbert, and I do reserve the right to delete and edit comments as I see fit. That said, in practice I rarely like to do either, because I don’t want to stifle discussion, but I may choose to correct a spelling error here and there, fix formatting issues, and delete offensive comments and spam. Constructive, courteous comments are always welcomed and enjoyed.

Tech Field Day Events

As an independent consultant I attended Gestalt IT’s Networking Field Day 4 in October 2012, Networking Field Day 5 in March 2013, Networking Field Day 7 in February 2014, Networking Field Day 8 in September 2014, Networking Field Day 9 in February 2015, Networking Field Day 10 in August 2015, Data Field Day Roundtable 1 in November 2015 and Networking Field Day 11 in January 2016. These events are funded by the sponsoring vendors who “buy” time to talk to the delegates, and that money in turn funds my travel, accommodation and food while I am there, although I am not paid anything to attend.

Nominal promotional materials are provided by some of the presenting vendors, such as, but not limited to, socks, t-shirts or jackets emblazoned with vendor logos, mugs, stickers, pens, notepads, USB battery pack, Starbucks gift cards and USB flash drives containing documentation, none of which have significant value. OpenGear provided me with a wireless console server, model ACM5004-G, then (after NFD4) have provided me with an ACM5004-G-E (with digital I/O ports) and an ACM5504-5-G-W-I. They also provided a data SIM so that I could test the product’s 3G capabilities, and provided me access to a demo server for VCMS. Ruckus Wireless provided me with an AP7982 and a ZD1100, a small black stuffed dog toy and a name plate made out of a wifi antenna. In additional to the regular chotchkes, Solarwinds also provided a branded messenger style bag. Dell also provided a branded toy helicopter, Thousand Eyes provided a solar-panel equipped back pack, and Pluribus provided a Blue Snowflake USB microphone. At NFD9, Cisco Insieme provided me with a FitBit, SolarWinds made a custom bobble head of me (oh yes they did), and Pluribus gave us a “Bar10Der” bar multitool thingy. NetBeez gave us one of their monitoring devices so we can test it out (it’s a Raspberry Pi beneath the hood), and VeloCloud gave us a Project iQ “Pyramid” bluetooth keyboard. After NFD11, Cisco shipped us a Cisco 3560-CX POE switch, as used in their ceiling light panel demonstration. Sadly, a ceiling light panel did not accompany it. NetScout gave us a Fluke TruView Pulse 1000 in order that we could try out their new distributed monitoring product.

I am not required or obligated to blog, tweet, or otherwise write about or endorse any of the Networking Field Day sponsors, but if I choose to do so I am free to give my honest opinions about the vendors and their products, whether positive or negative, and no other party has any control or input into my posts.

TFD – Interop NYC 2014

I attended Interop New York City 2014 (briefly) as a delegate for Tech Field Day Extra! As with the NFD events, I was explicitly not required or obligated to blog, tweet, or otherwise write about or endorse any of the Networking Field Day sponsors, but if I choose to do so, I am free to give my honest opinions about the vendor and their products, whether positive or negative.

TFD – Cisco ACI Launch Event

In November 2013 I attended the ACI (Insieme) launch event in New York City as a Tech Field Day event delegate. As with the NFD events, I was explicitly not required or obligated to blog, tweet, or otherwise write about or endorse any of the Networking Field Day sponsors, but if I choose to do so, I am free to give my honest opinions about the vendor and their products, whether positive or negative.

TFD – ONUG Spring 2015

In May 2015 I attended ONUG Spring 2015 as a Tech Field Day event delegate.

Solarwinds Thwack Ambassador

I participated in the Solarwinds Ambassador program on a paid basis under contract for four Thwack forum posts on the subject of IPAM in the month of July 2013. I have also written six “Geek Speak” blog posts for Solarwinds through the Ambassador program over a period of three months in mid-2015.

Juniper Junosphere

Juniper has provided me with some credits for use in their Junosphere environment; there is no expectation of coverage, nor anything else in return.

HP Discover Barcelona 2014

I attended HP Discover Barcelona 2014 in December 2014 under the auspices of the HP Independent Blogger programme. HP paid for my flights, accommodation and event access as well as most of my food while there. As usual there is no ‘quid pro quo’ at these events, and I am welcome to blog about anything or nothing, with no interference from HP.

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