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A brief announcement

By stretch | Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 12:00 a.m. UTC

A number of people have written in inquiring about the recent lapse in blog updates. I'm sorry for the delay, but I wanted to wait until everything had been finalized to make the announcement. As I've hinted in the past, I have much less time to write since taking on my new job, and so blog updates will come less frequently. However, I've made arrangements to ensure my readership won't have to go without.

Following the examples of IT juggernauts like Cisco and IBM, I've decided to restructure the content generation arm of PacketLife.net (NYSE: PCKT) by allocating fresh talent from emerging markets. This reorganization of talent will see the exact same caliber of content produced offshore for a fraction of the cost, a theory which you might think would violate some very basic economic principles. But you'd be wrong.

By acquiring first-rate talent in third-world countries, PacketLife.net has been able to insure the growth of its market share against competitors like IOS Hints and Etherealmind while reducing overall expenditures on salary by more than 60%; an especially significant decrease considering the previous staff was unpaid to begin with. Even in these times of economic turmoil, when the average reader has been shown to consume 20 to 30% fewer RSS feeds, PacketLife.net boasts a solid value for its shareholder.

To quickly address some concerns regarding the grade of talent allocated by this brave initiative, I'd like to point out that every one of the engineers herded into our new post centers overseas holds at minimum a CCNA certification; in fact, many were able to achieve this prestigious designation within only weeks of first hearing about Cisco Systems! Of course, far more important than technical competence are the rich idea generating processes they bring. Mass focus groups have already generated a variety of new content you can expect to see debut in the near future, including:

  • Free TestKing and Pass4Sure "study guides" for download!
  • Community-based collaboration boards for the exchange of post-exam reviews!
  • Remote labs featuring Catalyst 1900 switches and 2500 series routers!
  • 30% more synergy!

Lastly, I'd like to assure all customers that while a few internal career transitions were inevitable during this economic realignment, PacketLife.net has done everything in its power to assist these prior employees with relocation. Additionally, to help cope with the loss of such respected team members, C-level executives have been awarded a talent-retention bonus equal to or greater than what it would cost to have retained those employees.

Keep an eye out over the coming weeks for fresh new posts, products of this strategic restructuring initiative of content alignment!

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April 1, 2009 at 2:38 a.m. UTC

I, for one, am thrilled to hear that you will be leveraging your assets strategically during this paradigm shift. This shows that PacketLife is truly a forward-thinking and solution-oriented business who is willing to think outside the box to empower customers with win-win solutions and services!

Ohh, my head...

April 1, 2009 at 3:12 a.m. UTC

i see you are getting an early start on april fools day....very nice:)


April 1, 2009 at 4:02 a.m. UTC

April fools day to you to! :)

April 1, 2009 at 4:02 a.m. UTC

I'm a little confused. I never thought of Packetlife.net as a business.

Things are a changing. I'll just watch this space.

Danail petrov
April 1, 2009 at 7:03 a.m. UTC

Happy 1st of April :-D

April 1, 2009 at 8:33 a.m. UTC

Brilliant... :-)

Ivan Pepelnjak
April 1, 2009 at 8:57 a.m. UTC

Either you're working side-by-side with a McKinsey consultant or you've quietly accepted a management position in a multinational(five-letter-or-less) IT company :)

April 1, 2009 at 10:10 a.m. UTC

Happy April 1st to you too, glad to see you are back. Gettin' kinda tired of looking at your CBAC tutorial.

April 1, 2009 at 11:43 a.m. UTC

Where do i buy shares? ;o)

Simon Jester
April 1, 2009 at 11:59 a.m. UTC

Well written!

Now get back to work writing guides for those of us who can't afford the Cisco books!!!

April 1, 2009 at 12:16 p.m. UTC

Aprils Fool !!!

April 1, 2009 at 12:36 p.m. UTC

NYSE ticket symbols have 3 characters (or less). NASDAQ is 4

April 1, 2009 at 1:18 p.m. UTC

hahahahaha nice one

April 1, 2009 at 3:41 p.m. UTC

Nice Joke!!! Had me worried for a second, then I saw TK and P4S and I knew it wasn't real. :-)

April 1, 2009 at 4:27 p.m. UTC

30% more synergy is a bold claim my friend, but this PCKT IPO is exactly what we need to get Wall Street invigorated once again. :-)

April 1, 2009 at 5:26 p.m. UTC

Good FOOL writing...you should change career.....hahahahaa

April 1, 2009 at 5:37 p.m. UTC

" 30% more synergy! "

I Laughed out loud. Good job hahaha

Frankie Pistols
April 1, 2009 at 11:12 p.m. UTC

Good joke dude!
keep up the good work, can't wait until your next post. wish the best to you for your new job and stuff. Greetings from italy!

Matt Milholen
April 3, 2009 at 8:56 p.m. UTC

hahahaha -- awesome post! man thats amazing how your outsourced "engineers" overseas got their CCNAs so quickly! They must be really smart.
Those P4assSure "study guides" will surely help everyone with troubleshooting tough issues.

April 5, 2009 at 10:38 a.m. UTC

wow nice men.. keep it up..we will wait for your next post.. april fools day to you.. gud luck.. -red

April 9, 2009 at 1:02 p.m. UTC

Very well written, nice April fools. It really looks like it came from some big-company, PR-bull factory :-) However, being myself from a third world country (and believing that I have some technical talent) this kind of things always leave me with a sour taste.

Anyway, keep up the good job you are doing with PacketLife!

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