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Thomas A. Limoncelli

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Tom is an internationally recognized author, speaker, and system administrator. His best known books include Time Management for System Administrators (O'Reilly) and The Practice of System and Network Administration (Addison-Wesley). In 2005 he shared the SAGE Outstanding Achievement Award with Christine. While at Google he was an SRE for projects such as the web crawler, Blog Search, office IT deployments and The Ganeti project (http://code.google.com/p/ganeti).

He works in New York City at Stack Exchange, home of ServerFault.com and StackOverflow.com. Previously he's worked at small and large companies including Google, Bell Labs / Lucent, AT&T. He blogs at http://EverythingSysadmin.com

Outside of work Tom spent years doing grass-roots civil-rights activism both nationally and in his home state of New Jersey.




Christine J. Hogan

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Christine is working as a contractor in a network engineering role at a large global corporation. She has worked as a sysadmin and manager in a large variety of environments, including academia, small startups, and midsized corporations. Her focus is in the areas of security and networking.

She has always had an interest in Formula 1 racing, and took a career break to pursue her dream of working in the motor racing industry. She did a PhD in Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College London, and then went to work for several years as an aerodynamicist at a Formula 1 racing team.


Strata R. Chalup

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Strata is the owner and senior consultant of Virtual.Net, Inc., a strategic and best-practices IT consulting firm specializing in helping small to midsize firms scale their IT practices as they grow. During the first dot-com boom, Strata architected scalable infrastructures and managed some of the teams that built them for such projects as talkway.net, the Palm VII, and mac.com. Founded as a sole proprietorship in 1993, Virtual.Net was incorporated in 2005. Clients have included such firms as Apple, Sun, Cimflex Teknowledge, Cisco, McAfee, and Micronas USA.





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