"All this bogus training and certification nonsense. I even
remember the first time I encountered it. This whole tired idea
seems to have been the brainchild of Novell. Once upon a time, in a
prior life I was the baby-sitter of a pair of SFT286 servers
and about 40 stations. This was what we used to call a
collateral duty. Well anyway, this flier shows up and for a
mere $999 I could become a Certified Network Engineer. We sure
got a laugh out of this. Now that we have already successfully
deployed their (very expensive) product and, they were going to
give us their blessing to deploy it."
"Open Source does not equate to non-proprietary. Most of the
business people that I know are more that willing to pay a fair
price for assistance for improving their methods. I could keep a
hundred people busy for a thousand years doing this. Under the
present system, it seems as though the companies hawking their
wares feel like they have invented something that is more precious
than diamonds. It isn't. It's a product. Only desperate people pay
desperate prices for things. What is the future in that?"
"Face it the real commodity in this game is gray matter. If
someone has it, they can write their own ticket with or without
your blessing. So it seems to me that if someone with the raw
material to master your product comes along, you should wine and
dine them. To take the position that I am master and you should
grovel to be my minion is absurd. Yet that is what is going on. If
I pay you enough money you will acknowledge me. Well, the only way
that I need someone else's validation is if I am a loser. Winners
receive awards for achievement. Losers buy acceptance."
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