OT – New Site Sponsor – Vembu

Please welcome Vembu Technologies as a sponsor of PenguinPunk.net. They are a data protection company that has been around for some time now with a comprehensive suite of products aimed at small to medium enterprises. You can read more about them here. I’m looking forward to taking their stuff for a spin in the lab in the next little while to see what they can really do.

The idea that I’m accepting sponsorship money for this blog doesn’t site well with some folks. But I’ve been maintaining this site for over ten years now, and sponsorship is one way I can keep getting to the big tech conferences and events that are so critical (I think) to understanding what’s happening in the industry. It doesn’t mean you’ll now be bombarded with advertorials from the companies that sponsor me. Any paid for content carries a disclaimer up front so we’re all clear about who’s paying for it and what it is. But running a blog as a hobby still costs money, and I’ve been reaching in to my own pocket a lot for some of this stuff. And while I’m shilling for the site, my rates are reasonable and the delivery model is simple. Feel free to get in contact via email / Twitter / whatever if it’s something you might like to do.

OT: Movember

Hi, I am growing a moustache this year for Movember. I have decided to put down my razor for one month (November) and help raise awareness and funds for men’s health – specifically prostate cancer and depression in men. What many people don’t appreciate is that close to 3,000 men die of prostate cancer each year in Australia and one in eight men will experience depression in their lifetime – many of whom don’t seek help. Facts like these have convinced me I should get involved and I am hoping that you will support me. To sponsor my Mo, you can either: • Click this link and donate online using your credit card or PayPal account • Write a cheque payable to ‘Movember Foundation’, referencing my Registration Number 12692 and mailing it to: Movember Foundation, PO Box 292, Prahran, VIC, 3181 Remember, all donations over $2 are tax deductible. Movember is now in its sixth year and, to date, has achieved some pretty amazing results by working alongside The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCFA) and beyondblue: the national depression initiative. Check out further details at: http://au.movemberfoundation.com/research-and-programs. If you are interested in following the progress of my Mo, click here. Also, http://au.movember.com has heaps of useful information. Thank you