New Hampshire, the 44th State

I just got back from spending some time with a client up near Boston. My hosts were kind enough to drive me to New Hampshire, which is the 44th state I have visited.

Any OpenNMS users in Maine, Rhode Island, Idaho, Nebraska or either Dakota need some on-site consulting?

I hope the ‘canes pending victory over the Bruins won’t strain our new relationship. (grin)

The 2009 OpenNMS User Conference Europe Is Now Online

If you didn’t have a chance to make it to the first OpenNMS Users Conference held in Frankfurt this year, well, your life is just a little bit less exciting than it could be. But there’s good news – through the magic of the Internet you can watch all of the presentations and get the program slides.

Many thanks to the gang at Nethinks for creating this amazing web page and encoding all of the video. As you can see it is designed to display more than one year, and we hope to make next year’s conference even bigger and better – if that is at all possible.

So don’t miss your chance to hear me drone on and on for over two and a half hours, especially if you need a cure for insomnia.

But seriously, don’t miss the other presentations by the fine group of OpenNMS community members who made this conference the success it was, and continue to make OpenNMS the only choice for a 100% free and open source enterprise management platform.

OpenNMS in the May Edition of iX Magazine

Klaus sent me the good news that a review of OpenNMS has been printed in iX Magazine, the leading German language publication for IT professionals.

Picture by Klaus Thielking-Riechert

The article was written by Alexander Finger, Klaus Thielking-Riechert, and Ronny Trommer. They are also working on the first OpenNMS book, which we hope to have published by the end of the year.

Many thanks to the guys for taking the time to write this, and to iX for publishing it.


My mail client blocks the automatic download of images (and yours should, too) so I found this amusing from eBay today

Somehow I don’t think a Mitsubishi Galant is the same as a Lotus, much less a 911 killer.

Oracle Buys Sun

I finally managed to crawl out of bed this morning (after pulling a muscle in my back this weekend while putting in the vegetable garden) to find out about the Sun acquisition by Oracle.

I don’t have any strong feelings about this one way or the other, but I think in the long run it can only help Java. OpenNMS is written in Java, so we’re kind of vested in its future.

While I thought Sun paid too much for MySQL, I think Oracle got this one right. The best analysis I’ve seen so far is from Larry Augustin, so if you’re interested in such things be sure to check it out.

UPDATE: Monty weighs in.