Warning: This is not a serious conversation, so don't come with your official clothes! I am having a break after working almost non-stop 4 days in a row, and I wanted to joke about something I have been thinking for some time now.
I suppose many of you have received NetPro appreciation gifts from time to time when your stars change color. I am not a big star, so I do not have many such gifts. I wanted to comment on the shirt that says "Top NetPro Expert". This is a good quality shirt and I would have wore it, if only it didn't say all these words. I can wear a shirt that says just "NetPro", but I cannot wear a shirt that says either "Top" or "Expert" and certainly not both! This shirt still sits at the top of one of my libraries within the original bag, which is a pity.
Anyway, I hope the next present won't be a neon flashing sign that says "Top NetPro Expert" for me to put on my head! :-)
I suppose you meant you have not received the shirt and not the neon flashing sign. If you meant the sign, then that's good news! :-)
If I remember correctly it was after the previous Networkers in Orlando when I received the shirt. A person from cisco contacted me and was asking if I would attend the Orlando Networkers, so she could arrange the delivery of the NetPro gift at the Orlando premises. I live in Europe and have attended Networkers only in Europe. Nevertheless, she was kind enough to send me the shirt anyway. I suppose the purpose of the gift was to make easier for the NetPro regulars to recognize each other in the crowd.
That would've been a long time ago. In this current financial situation, I doubt if I'd be getting the same call. :)
Oh well, it would've been nifty to be walking around with a "Netpro" T-Shirt in Australia.
Oh, I could use a shirt right now. Since I'm traveling, all what I have is a bag full of wrinkled clothes.
I would like it without any sign but able to make me look 10kg less.
Thanks for coming here with wrinkled clothes :-)
The current economic crisis is not an argument for me. People and companies are over-reacting in this situation. Those who have money should put at least some back in the market or they won't be receiving any money in the future ;-p
The NetPro volunteers are devoting their time and knowledge and help cisco dominate in the market. The more information you can find about a product, the more likely is for people to prefer to buy it and keep using it. So, I think the appreciation gifts should be sent to the volunteers (I already have one). If cisco cannot afford a shirt, I cannot afford to post in this forum anymore.
This is a pretty cool conversation! I'm with Paolo, I could always use a new shirt. Don't hold your breath Leo, I've never recieved a shirt either ;-)
I'm holding out now for a NetPro Coffee Mug.
Have a great weekend! Keep on Posting! The participation here by NetPro's like you three is what makes all of this worthwhile!
I dunno, I was soooooo disappointed.
After all, if they're gonna give you a car, even if it's only a Corvette, they should check so they can give you one in your preferred color ....
I mean, it doesn't even match my toolbag or anything.
(just kidding of course
I just bought another toolbag to match!!)
I'm sick and tired of wearing T-Shirts from Enterasys, Juniper, Foundry and Riverbed (oopsie! Name-Dropping Alert!) ... and I love using Cisco, *wink* *wink*. Now if they could just throw in a few "Netpro" T-shirts to boot. He he he ...
Wore my company's ID using a lanyard from Foundry and walked into a Cisco roadshow presentation. Every Cisco employee sized me up from head to foot and I went, "Why is everyone staring at me?"
My colleague elbowed me and hissed, "You ding-a-ling! They're looking at your lanyard."
I did not post for a while not because cisco has not given others the shirt yet (or I haven't heard about it), but because I am too busy with my master in a quite different field and context switching is expensive as most of you know. This does not mean that my "threat" will not come true if I don't see a movement from cisco in reasonable time.
I'm back from a long trip with clean clothes, but still very wrinkled. I've been to Cisco HQs and got a full fix of Cisqueness and their cyclic up and downs. No shirts this time.
Did you knew that cisco will take away the free sodas and that among employees that is debated more than stock value ?
Did you knew if that if a Cisco person has a -X in the email (like Dan) that means he/she not a permanent employees hence with even more limited powers ?
Beside that, as the usual Maria throws too much good sense to be of use on a corporate forum. Hey now that I think about, I've been anywhere but I've not been to Greece yet ?!?
I don't like "bonus" policies much because those are the first taken away when things go bad.
I sympathize with Dan, I am aware of his work here, which should be only a small part of what he does behind the scenes and I hope everything goes well for him.
p.s. Some ways of cutting down costs bring down company morale for no serious gains.
I can not know where this economic crisis is going to go. If we look back in history, which I have been reading lately with increased interest although my main interests are in technical areas, things do not seem very optimistic.
If anyone is interested for a tour of Crete we could arrange for you to stay at my house for free, since I have plenty of space among my piles of books :-)
I recently took over the business ownership of Cisco's NetPro support community. Just want to be open about Dan's status at Cisco. Dan is a full time contractor to Cisco. This is not unusual at Cisco, and in no way impacts his responsibilities as the primary moderator of NetPro. Dan has worked on NetPro since it began more than nine years ago, and he remains a key asset to the community going forward. He reports to me and is completely empowered to manage and moderate the community.
In my opinion, Dan is the essence of NetPro! Period! His wisdom and guidance have led these Forums to where they are today, which is second to none. A moderator with his kindness and gentle "leading" hand are invaluable. I truly hope that Cisco sees the great, great resource they have in Dan. Without his stewardship, NetPro would be sadly diminished to say the least.
ROCK-ON Dan! You are the Best!
Rob and Scott,
Many thanks for the kind words. It's not me, but members like the two of you who really make NetPro the success it is. I truly believe we are one of the most welcoming and encouraging technical support communities on the internet. That is what makes NetPro a great community to be a part of.
NetPro Community Manager
Nice to hear Dan is doing well.
Anyone interested in my previous offer can drop me e-mail. Those who dare will also have the chance to enjoy my pastitsio:
Bit late on this thread, as usual :-), but would also just like to echo Rob and Scott in saying i think Dan is a large part of what makes this forum tick.
Cisco have a a great resource in Dan and i hope he continues to manage and moderate the community for a long time yet.
That is very nice of you Maria. I think that visiting Crete would be simply enchanting and hope to be able to see it at some time. Please be assured that there is still a lot of time to do things before the world is over.
Tim, thank you for introducing yourself. In no way I wanted to infer that Dan is doing less that a stellar job no matter what his employment status is. Now we know who to press for gifts :)
Maria, I believe that your outgoing personality and sensibility to the human matter will allow you to succeed in many fields beside this our, and I compliment you for that.
I will be very happy to participate in discussing any matter, but in some other venue, because I do not feel comfortable doing that here, call me too much ciscocentric if you want.
Enjoy your trip and forget all about networking for a while! I do that as often as I can and it does very good to me.
And trust me, I could eat your pastitsio without an end. But here again, there are "limiting factors" to consider...
To Maria, Tim, Dan, Rob, Paolo and the rest of NetPro regulars (and first timers), I would like to wish you a Happy Easter.
DISCLAIMER: Apologize if I offended anyone from different denomination or religion.
Hi Dan and/or Dave,
Just received a "Cisco's NetPro Award of Recognition".
Just want to say "thanks" (if you had something to do with it), however, may I request if I can get a replacement: Someone spelled my name wrong.
Please contact me using the feedback link in the right navigation, so we can get the correct information.
NetPro Community Manager