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I'll be the speaker at the February meeting of NYCDevOps. I'll be presenting my talk "Stealing the Best Ideas from DevOps: A Guide for Sysadmins without Developers". If you didn't see me give this talk at Usenix LISA, you can catch it here.

https://www.meetup.com/nycdevops/events/237543220/

Please RSVP. Seating is limited.

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Speaking

I'll be the speaker at LOPSA-NJ/Montclair in February. Hope to see you there!

The February meeting will be held at Montclair State University.

  • Topic: Stealing the Best Ideas from DevOps: A Guide for Sysadmins without Developers
  • Speaker: Tom Limoncelli, StackOverflow.com
  • Date: WEDNESDAY, February 1st, 2017, 7pm (not Thursday)
  • Location: Montclair University, CELS 110, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ 07043

Talk Description: This talk will present the DevOps principles in terms that apply to all system administrators, and use case studies to explore their use in non-developer environments. DevOps is not a set of tools, nor is it just automating deployments. It is a set of principles that benefit anyone trying to improve a complex process.

For more information, and to rsvp, please visit the Meetup page:

https://www.meetup.com/LOPSA-NJ/events/236564846/

NOTE: The January meeting will be on Thursday, Jan 5, 2017 at 7pm at the south jersey location (Lawrence Headquarters Branch of the Mercer County Library). More info here.

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in LOPSASpeaking

Christine Hogan and I will be co-presenting a talk at Usenix LISA '16 entitled "Stealing the Best Ideas from DevOps: A Guide for Sysadmins without Developers". Full details are on the LISA website. The talk will cover a lot of the devops-y material from our newest book, the 3rd edition of TPOSANA. We'll be doing a book-signing shortly after the talk.

In addition, I'll also be teaching two half-day tutorials: "Personal Time Management: The Basics for Sysadmins That Are Overloaded" and "How to Not Get Paged: Managing On-Call to Reduce Outages".

Links to all of this here.

If you haven't registered for LISA yet, do it now!

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in LISASpeaking

My talk "DevOps Where You Wouldn't Have Expected" will be live-streamed from PuppetConf on Friday, Oct 21 at 2:30pm PT / 5:30 ET.

The talk happens to summarize the major points of Chapter 1-4 of the new edition of The Practice of System and Network Administration, which is due out on November 4, 2016.

You need to pre-register, which takes time. Please preregister early.

A full description of the talk is at http://sched.co/6fk7

To register and watch the live-steam visit https://puppet.com/puppetconf/livestream/signup

P.S. The unofficial title of the talk is "Punk Rock DevOps".

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Speaking

I'll be giving a new talk called "Teaching DevOps to Ops without Devs" at the NYC SRE Tech Talks meetup, Wednesday, August 17, 2016, from 6pm to 8:30pm, at Squarespace's offices in the West Village (8 Clarkson St, 12th Floor). There are 4 speakers during the event. This is a free event. Seating is limited. Info and registration here.

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Speaking

I'm excited to announce that I'll be speaking at Velocity NYC and (for the first time) at PuppetConf!

I look forward to seeing you there!

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Speaking

I'll be giving a talk "Fail Better: Radical Ideas from the Practice of Cloud Computing" as part of the ACM Learning Series at at 2pm EST on Friday, February 26, 2016. The webcast is free. Pre-registration is required.

In this talk I explain 3 of the most important points from our newest book, The Practice of Cloud System Administration. The talk applies to everyone, whether or not you are "in the cloud".

"See" you there!

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Speaking

I'll be giving a talk "Fail Better: Radical Ideas from the Practice of Cloud Computing" as part of the ACM Learning Series at at 2pm EST on Friday, February 26, 2016. Pre-registration is required.

In this talk I explain 3 of the most important points from our newest book, The Practice of Cloud System Administration. The talk applies to everyone, whether or not you are "in the cloud".

"See" you there!

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Speaking

Google NYC has announced a series in monthly tech talks for the Site Reliability Engineering/DevOps community in New York City! The first meeting is January 20th at their Chelsea NYC office and will include a number of short talks by speakers from Google, Dropbox, and StackOverflow.com. I'll be the speaker from StackOverflow.

The event will be held on Wednesday, January 20 at Google's campus in Chelsea, at 75 Ninth Avenue. Doors open at 5:30pm, food will be served at 6pm, and talks start at 6:30pm and run until 8pm.

RSVPs are required because this is NYC.

More info and RSVP information is here at this link.

Hope to see you there!

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Speaking

I'll be giving a presentation called "Transactional System Administration Is Killing Us and Must be Stopped" at the January 2016 meeting of BackBay LISA (BBLISA). This is the same talk I presented recently at LISA, which was very well received.

It includes a preview of material from our upcoming 3rd edition of The Practice of System and Network Administration.

For more information about the talk, directions to the meeting, and so, on, visit the BBLISA website at http://www.bblisa.org/calendar.html

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Speaking

Christine Hogan gave the keynote presentation at OpsCon Milano 2015 today.

Her talk was titled "Learn to Fail Better" and highlighted cultural and technical points from our new book, The Practice of Cloud System Administration.

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OpsCon had an artist live drawing a summary of the talk, which you can see here:

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Congrats to Christine on her first conference keynote!

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Speaking

Thanks, QCon New York!

I had a great time at QCon New York last week. It was my first time there and my first time speaking too. The audience was engaged and had great questions. I did a book-signing at the Pearson booth and it was fun meeting readers (and future readers) of our books.

Videos of all talks will be available soon. For now you can view the slides. You should also check out the talk by David Fullerton, VP of Engineering of Stack Exchange (my boss's boss) who gave a great talk titled "Scaling Stack Overflow: Keeping it Vertical by Obsessing Over Performance"

Hope to see you next year!

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Speaking

There are still tickets available for Puppet Camp New York 2015, Friday, May 15, 2015. It is a day of presentations useful for folks from beginner to advanced. I'll be one of the speakers. In my talk I'll be demoing some of the things we do at StackOverflow that make using Puppet safer: Git, CI, Vagrant, and using Puppet Environments. A lot of people at these events aren't using Puppet yet, so the material is usually very introductory.

I'll be doing a rehearsal of my talk this Thursday (May 7th) at the NJ LOPSA chapter meeting. They meet in Lawrenceville, NJ (near Princeton). For more info, visit their web site.

Hope to see you at one or both!

Tom

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in PuppetSpeaking

See you at 6pm! The meeting is at Yahoo! URL's Cafeteria, 701 1st Ave, Sunnyvale, CA. Please RSVP.

http://www.meetup.com/SF-Bay-Area-Large-Scale-Production-Engineering/events/221111762/

Usenix has announced the schedule for the second SREcon and the big surprise is that it is now 2 days long. The previous SREcon was a single day.

I wasn't able to attend last year's conference but I read numerous conference reports that were all enthusiastic about the presentations (you can see them online... I highly recommend the keynote).

I'm excited to also announce that my talk proposal was accepted. It is a case study of our experiences adopting SRE techniques at StackOverflow.com/StackExchange.com. The full description is here.

I've heard the hotel is nearly full (or full), so register fast and book your room faster. More info about the conference is on the Usenix web site: https://www.usenix.org/conference/srecon15

See you there!

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in ConferencesSpeaking

Hi Boston-area friends! I'll be giving my "Radical ideas from The Practice of Cloud System Administration" talk at the Back Bay LISA user group meeting on Wednesday, January 14, 2015. Visit bblisa.org for more info.

I'll be doing a 30-minute talk about how to convince your boss to take IPv6 seriously at the Australia IPv6 Summit. I'll be presenting via video conference.

If you are in Australia and/or are concerned with IPv6, please attend this awesome conference. Registration is still open!

Info here: http://www.ipv6.org.au/summit/program.php

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Speaking

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Speaking

If you live near Princeton, Trenton or New Brunswick and haven't been to the New Jersey chapter of LOPSA meetings then... what are you waiting for? Seriously, folks! They have free pizza! What could be better than pizza, soda, and geekery?

I'll be the speaker at the Thu, Oct 4, 2012 meeting. My topic will be: "Deploying IPv6 in the enterprise: How to convince your boss to approve your big plan"

The New Jersey chapter is the only LOPSA chapter that hosts its own annual conference. It's a great bunch of folks and I encourage you all to attend.

Information and directions are on their website.

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Speaking

I'll be the speaker at the Thursday, October 11, 2012 NYLUG meeting in Manhattan (Chelsea, 14th and 9th ave).

http://nylug.org

I'll be talking about the Ganeti open source project which I'm involved in.

The title of the talk will be: "Ganeti Virtualization Management: Improving the Utilization of Your Hardware and Your Time"

If you are in or near NYC, I hope to see you there! Seating is limited. Please RSVP.

http://nylug.org

Tom

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Speaking

LOPSA-LA has a dinner on Tuesday, October 16, 2012. I'll be in the area for MacTech and they've asked me to give an after-dinner talk about Time Management.

  • When: Tue, Oct 16, 7pm - 9pm.
  • Location: Sheraton Universal Hotel's Californias Restaurant (333 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, CA 91608)

  • Topic: Time Management for Sysadmins: Impossible or are other people to blame?

  • In this talk I'll explain why the fact that you can't manage your time effectively is everyone else's fault, not yours. I'll blame Darwin, your boss, your users, and maybe even your mom. There are a few solutions, which I'll discuss briefly. Then I'll take Q&A.

If you are in the Los Angeles area I hope to see you there!

More info here: http://www.lopsala.org

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Speaking

http://www.mactech.com/conference/sessions

My talk will be titled, "Time Management tips for Mac Admins". I won't be explaining how to get Siri to schedule an appointment for you (you should be able to figure that out for yourself). I'll talk about better ways to organize your day, your time, and multiply your team's effectiveness.

The Conference is October 17-19, 2012, in Los Angeles, at the Sheraton Universal hotel.

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in ConferencesSpeaking

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Speaking

At the September LOPSA-NJ meeting Thu Sept 1, 2011. The topic will be "What sysadmins wish developers knew and vice-versa".

If you are in the area, I hope to see you there!

Info about the event: http://lopsanj.org/node/696

Info about LOPSA-NJ: http://lopsanj.org

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Speaking

As previously mentioned, I'll be the speaker at LOPSA-NYC.

Come here me speak about the Ganeti open source project. Think virtualization clusters have to cost big bucks? Think virtualization isn't useful for a small site? Come and find out why a person that usually talks about Time Management thinks virtualization is his new favorite time management trick.

Hope to see you there!

(Please pre-register so you can get through security quickly.)

Tonight at NYLUG: Me!

http://nylug.org/meetings/index.shtml?20110300

If you are in the NYC area, come check it out.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

IBM, 590 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022

I will present his "Top 5" time management tips for better time management, and take Q&A about time management, system administration, and what it's like to work at Google.

And I might have a surprise.

NOTE: You have to pre-register.

http://nylug.org/meetings/index.shtml?20110300

If you are in the NYC area, come check it out.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

IBM, 590 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022

I will present his "Top 5" time management tips for better time management, and take Q&A about time management, system administration, and what it's like to work at Google.

And I might have a surprise.

NOTE: You have to pre-register.

http://nylug.org/meetings/index.shtml?20110300

If you are in the NYC area, come check it out.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

IBM, 590 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022

I will present his "Top 5" time management tips for better time management, and take Q&A about time management, system administration, and what it's like to work at Google.

NOTE: You have to pre-register.

Tom's is teaching tutorials and giving two talks during Usenix LISA 2010, San Jose, CA, Nov 7-12, 2010.

Register early! Space in my tutorials is limited!

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Speaking

I'm the guest on the StackOverflow podcast with Joel Spolsky and Jeff Atwood.  w00t!

We talk about everything from early internet history, to IPv6, to how to scale a really really really large web site. Here's the episode page and link to the audio. (Tons of links on the episode page).

Check out their website for sysadmins Q&As at http://serverfault.com

Thanks to Joel and Jeff for having me on the show!  I listen every week!

I had a great time speaking at LOPSA-NJ last Thursday. The turnout was around 20-30 people. Everyone was very friendly. A couple people were there for the first time, I hope not their last time.

The presentation that I did was 60 minutes from my new tutorial called "Design Patterns for System Administrators". The full tutorial is 3-hours long and will be premiered at Usenix LISA 2009. I really appreciate the group letting me run though some draft slides and giving me feedback. It will make the actual tutorial a lot better.

A special shout-out to Bill for inviting me and running the organization. I really appreciate the opportunity to speak!

Support your local LUG, SAGE Chapter, or Unix users group!

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Speaking

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."

Tom will be doing a dress-rehearsal of his "Site Reliability @ Google" talk at $GROUPNAME this Wednesday night. Be the first to hear his new material.

The person that carpools with the most first-timers (people new to $GROUPNAME) will receive a free copy of his book, Time Management for System Administrators, from O'Reilly.

Location: CoRE Auditorium, Rutgers Busch Campus, Piscataway, NJ.

Time: 7pm

For more information, visit their web site: www.groupname.org

 
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