It is my goal to remain completely transparent in regard to my blogging activities and to disclose relevant information when necessary. While none of the following affects what I write, you may be interested in the following:
- I own an independent business and occasionally take on projects (but only if they are interesting enough).
- I have attended conferences such as the Red Hat Summit, CFUnited, and SANS on my employers dime.
- I have had dinner, drinks, etc. paid for by vendors such as Microsoft, Cisco, HP and their partners and resellers.
- The cost of attending an HP educational course were paid for by one of my employer’s vendors (course only, not travel/hotel, etc.)
- My employer regularly pays for the costs of certification examinations.
- I attended the HP Networking Tech Day at HP’s expense.
- As an adjunct faculty member at an accredited educational institution, I have received numerous free “instructor review copies” of books from various publishers.
- My web sites are hosted by ARP Networks and 1&1 (at my expense).
- Third-party advertisements (i.e. Google Adsense) appear on this site and generate a small amount of revenue.
- I received the CCIE R&S Blended Learning Self-Study Bundle and rack rentals from IPexpert.
- TrainSignal sent me a free copy of their Cisco CCNP Training Package.
- I have contributed financially to a number of IT-related organizations, including The FreeBSD Project, the Peer-Directed Projects Center (Freenode), the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and a handful of others.
- I am a member of the Free Software Foundation and have an @gnu.org e-mail address. I’m not a freetard, though, and believe that BSD > GPL.
None of the above affects or influences my opinions in any way. I have always thought for myself and formed my own opinions, and always will.
Last, opinions are my own. I don’t speak for my employer and they don’t speak for me.