I welcome your openness....
I too live in Silicon Valley and I know how demanding a life can be here in the Valley. I believed that open communication is the key to its success as well as the community it try to serve.
I'm here again to address that issue. I almost quit this forum just because we were shuffle around like toys. We are here to help new Linux users to over come that first part of their journey to freedom. LJR (Our former site) was just for that purpose. There are plenty of other resources for Linux help ( such as SVLUG mailing list where many Linux Gurus hangout such as Chris Dibona of OSDL, Rick Moen of LinuxMafia ). But if you were involve in that league and its manners, you can't help but wonder how the hell I ever survive this kind of zealotisum and smack-the-face-for-not-asking-the-right-question stuff. So I started to hang around at Newbies sites beginning with LinuxNewbies,org (now Justlinux.com). After Sensei (the admin of that time) was booted off and got cut from Internet,com's payroll, many of us left the forum largely due to its treatment of him and the way it was handled. So may of us vowed NOT to give in to that kind of things and not be assoicated with corporate style management. And that' the reason why we are so resistant on putting ads in because one of the reason Sensei sold LNO (LinuxNewbie.Org) was that it was attracting enough ads generated income.
But anyway, I welcome your openness and honesty. I hope we will find each other a good way to compliment than having us to start a new site. A community is much more than the content.
I have yet to check out your linuxhomenetworking.com though. I never needed it somehow.