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You should let me wet my beak a little.

By John | November 29, 2007

Don Fanucci: Young man, I hear you and your friends are stealing goods. But you don’t even send a dress to my house. No respect! You know I’ve got three daughters. This is my neighborhood. You and your friends should show me some respect. You should let me wet my beak a little.

The other day, Tarus Balog, the self-described “Mouth of OpenNMS” sent me a really nice shirt because I said something nice about his leadership in my blog Help Him Help You. The gesture was very considerate, and, although I would be just as quick to say something negative about his company if the occasion should arise, it was still a nice gesture. Then, I started thinking about all the good and bad things that I have been saying about some of the other ESM companies. Now, I suspect that I will never receive a shirt from Groundworks or FiveRuns, but I do remember a nine-hour trip that I took a few months ago on something called the “Software Freedom Road Rally” with a couple of the boys from Zenoss. Also, I have probably said more good than bad things about Hyperic and Puppet. Tivoli has never even given me a coffee cup even though I have done more things for it than any other company tjay I have ever worked with (and I have never even been an employee). I am sure I will never receive a shirt from IBM, and that’s fine. I also know for a fact I make a few people chuckle in Houston every time I reference Marty McFly. If this all sounds like payola, it really isn’t. I just need something to justify to my wife that I really am doing something valuable with all this blog stuff. By the way, Taurus, thanks. Her comment to me when I received the shirt was, “Oh you really are doing something with your blog.” Anyway, I really don’t expect any more shirts and even if you do send one I will still nail your butt in a New York minute if you do something I think is stupid. Just in case, however, my shirt size (unfortunately) is XXL.

Topics: bmc, groundwork, hyperic, ibm, opennms, puppet, tivoli, zenoss | 5 Comments »

5 Responses to “You should let me wet my beak a little.”

  1. Dean Cruse Says:
    November 30th, 2007 at 11:01 am

    Hi John – happy to wet your beak a little and help with that all important ROI to your wife. Just email me your address, and goodies will be on their way!

  2. John Says:
    November 30th, 2007 at 12:19 pm

    About three weeks ago I had a server crash and we lost everything and we had bad backups. I mean everything. I had a lot of articles that were very tough on VC’s that are now lost. I am afraid FiveRuns and Groundworks took the brunt of most of those articles. I am not going to re-publish them because they are old news. Currently I am doing a lot of OSS ESM type bake-offs right now and not concentrating as much on the aaS model based solutions. However, after that I want see how the a service model could play/or not for enterprise customers and I will look at Fiveruns again.


  3. Luke Kanies Says:
    December 1st, 2007 at 10:48 am

    Heh, just as soon as I have t-shirts, you’ll be getting one, don’t worry. Actually, I hope to make silly things like bike socks and bike caps, too.

    Reductive Labs is just a poor little OSS shop, scraping by, but when we become a powerhouse you will not be forgotten. :)

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