2019 feels like a long way off, but since the conference is in January, we need to start planning soon. The sooner we start, the less rushed the planning can be.

I have to confess that working with the 2018 committee was one of the best and most professional conference planning experiences I've ever had. I've been involved with many conferences over the years and this experience was one of the best!

I invite new people to join the committee for 2019. The best way to learn about organizing is to join a committee and help out. You will be mentored and learn a lot in the process. Nothing involved in creating a conference is difficult, it just takes time and commitment.

Interested in being on the next planning committee? An informational meeting will be held via WedEx on Tuesday, March 6 at 2pm (NYC timezone, of course!).

During this kick-off meeting, the 2018 committee will review what roles they took on, what went well, what could be improved and the timeframe for the 2019 event. Please note, attendance to this meeting doesn't commit you to help organize this event, however, it is hoped by the end that we will be able to firm up who will comprise the 2019 event committee.

Hope you all can make it!

If you are interested in attending, email [email protected] for connection info.

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in DevOpsDays

(quoted from the website)

The Male Ally Summit comes after a successful event on March 13, 2017 in NYC called, "The Role Male Allies, Advocates, and Mentors have in Retaining Women in Tech", we had over 180 in attendance. We know this year will be just as impactful.

This year we bring back some of the same amazing speakers such as David Smith and Brad Johnson who are co-authors of, "Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women"; Evin Robinson (Co-founder, New York on Tech); Matt Wallaert (Chief Behavioral Officer, Clover Health). We add to the agenda, Heather Cabot (Co-author, Geek Girl Rising); Bryan Liles (Software Engineer, Heptio); Avis Yates Rivers (CEO and Author, Technology Concepts Groups International), Dennis Kozak (SVP of Next Generation Portfolio Strategy, CA Technologies) and others!

At this event, we bring Advocates, Mentors, Sponsors and many others under the umbrella, "Ally" with the vision of enlightening ourselves to be the change agents who will transform the companies and environment we interact with, and in, on a daily basis. You will leave the Summit with the following knowledge:

  • A guide to mentor women in the workplace
  • Best practices to sponsoring female employees
  • Steps you can take to become an ally for women in your workplace

For more information visit http://www.cvent.com/d/stqb0z/6X

DevOpsDays NYC is only a few weeks away: Jan 18-19, 2018!

Please register asap. We could sell out this year. With this awesome line-up of speakers, tickets are going fast.


Or... this handy shortcut: http://dod.nyc

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in DevOpsDays

The 3rd edition of "Vol 1: The Practice of System and Network Administration" was nominated as a "2017 Community Favorite". To celebrate, you can get it 40-60% off between now and Jan 8, 2018.

Click this link and use code "FAVE"

See all the favorites here: http://informit.com/favorites

By the way... there haven't been many reviews of this book on Amazon, and none that have mentioned the new content in Section I, II and III. I've you've read the new edition and would like to post a review, we'd love to know your opinion (good or bad).

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Book News

Exciting news from the D-O-D-NYC committee!

  • Speakers announced. Wow! I've never seen such an amazing lineup of speakers!
  • The best of the best. The committee this year was flooded with so many amazing proposals but sadly it is a 2-day conference so they had to be very selective. Who benefits? You!
  • Early bird discount ends on Friday. Register soon and save!

DevOpsDays-NYC 2018 is Thu/Fri January 18-19, 2018 in midtown Manhattan. Easy to get to via all forms of public transportation.

For more information: http://dod.nyc

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in DevOpsDevOpsDays

Does your friend or significant other have a Mac from work that is locked down so that changes can't be made? Any attempt to make a chance in System Preferences asks for the admin password, which you don't have. Maybe they are a teacher at a school with overly-zealous sysadmins? Maybe they work at an insurance company that... just kidding, no insurance company supports Macs.

Someone Who Isn't Me knows someone that has a Mac laptop and can't print to the home printers for exactly this reason. To print at home, they generate a PDF, copy the file to a USB stick, and walk it over to another computer that can print. That is ludicrous.

Now is your chance to fix this.

In macOS High Sierra, anyone can login as "root" with empty password. When asked for the admin username and password enter "root" as the user, then leave the password blank. Two this a second time and you'll unlock admin access.

Now is your chance to install that printer, change the screen saver settings, enable Time Machine, or whatever you have been wanting to do.

Apple will surely fix this soon. You probably only have hours or days to install all the printers and VPNs and other things you've been meaning to fix.

Oh, but don't break any laws or company policies. Certainly don't create an account with admin privs, or give the primary user admin privs. That is probably against policy and could lead to productivity.

More info here: https://twitter.com/lemiorhan/status/935578694541770752

Sorry... not sorry.

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in FunnyRants

Ryn Daniels has written an excellent piece about time management and productivity when you are burned out. The advice is spot on. I also do these things when I'm not feeling my best too.

"It's one thing to talk about productivity when you're already feeling motivated and productive, but how do you get things done when it's hard to even make it through the day?"


Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Time Management

Taras Lipatov, Principal Engineer at Sailthru, will describe his experience building a hybrid cloud using docker/mesos/consulĀ­ at the Tuesday, November 14, 2017 nycdevops meetup. More info and to RSVP on https://www.meetup.com/nycdevops/events/241852995/. RSVP soon! See you there!

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in NYCDevOps Meetup

This issue's column in ACMQueue Magazine is titled, "Operational Excellence in April Fools' Pranks". You can read it on the Queue app: http://queue.acm.org/app/

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in ACM Queue Column

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in DevOpsDays

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