December 2006 Archives

I never thought I'd be recommending gifts for the holidays but I recently had a realization. The gift I can give everyone I love is the gift of making sure they have their PC or laptop backed up, and making sure that in a medical emergency I have the information that I need. In the digital age, there is no greater gift of love.

Neither is very difficult if you follow these tips.

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Ideas

Michael Beck of Emerging Technologies Group Wins Top Honor as One of IT's Unsung Heroes; Sean Thomas of True Prism Technologies Wins First Prize.

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Splunk, creators of the search engine for logs and IT data, in conjunction with SourceForge.net, Digg, NaSPA (the Network and Systems Professionals Association), LOPSA (the League of Professional System Administrators), USENIX/SAGE, and Bawls Guarana, today announced that Michael Beck of Emerging Technology Group has won the grand prize 2006 Sysadmin of the Year (SAOTY) contest. He was chosen out of nearly five thousand nominations. Michael has been awarded a $2,500 Splunk professional license, a lifetime membership to NaSPA and a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the LISA Conference, December 3-7, 2006. Michael will be honored with a presentation at LISA on December 6.

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Posted by Tom Limoncelli in LOPSA

Tom and Strata be teaching and speaking at LISA 2006 in Washington D.C., Dec 3-9, 2006. This is one of our favorite conferences of the year because it is so dam useful. Get your boss to send ya. This year it is in Washington D.C., which makes it easy to get to for all the east-coasters that usually don't get around.

Tom will be speaking/teaching:

Mon9am-5pmWorkshopManaging Sysadmins (co-facilitator)
Wed2pm-3:30Invited TalkSite Reliability at Google/My First Year at Google
ThuAMTutorialTime Management: Getting It All Done and Not Going (More) Crazy!
Thu12:30pm-1:30pmExhibition"Meet the Authors" at Reiter's Conference Bookstore
Thu2pm-3:30Guru TalkHow to Get Your Paper Accepted at LISA
Thu4pm-5:40Guru TalkTime Management for System Administrators
Fri11am-12:30Hit The
Ground
Running
Mac OS X

Strata Rose Chalup will be speaking/teaching:

MonPMTutorialProject Troubleshooting
WedPMTutorialProblem-Solving for IT Professionals
ThuAMTutorialPractical Project Management for Sysadmins and IT Professionals
Wed9pm-10pmBOFSysadmin Education

In addition, we will be hanging out in what is known as "the hallway track". In fact, if you haven't attended LISA before, you should know that a lot of the educational value is the people you meet. Tom says, "Early in my career a lot of what I learned was from the conversations in the hallway."