Last updated: March 2013.
Many thanks to Bob Plankers for giving permission for me permission 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.
Networking Field Day 4
As an independent consultant I attended Gestalt IT’s Networking Field Day 4 in October 2012 and Networking Field Day 5 in March 2013. While I received no compensation for attending, my transportation, meals, and hotel were provided. Nominal promotional materials were provided, such as, but not limited to, shirts emblazoned with vendor logos, mugs, stickers, pens, notepads, a 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.
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 vendors and their products, whether positive or negative.