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Episode 11: Why I'm excited about Usenix LISA: David N. Blank-Edelman

[Note: Live interview with David, today at 11am Pacific, ]

The closing event of the conference is always something fun. This year is no different.

This year's closing event will be a talk by David N. Blank-Edelman titled, "Look! Up in the Sky! It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's a Sysadmin!"

For almost eighty years, American comic books have been mulling over just the sorts of questions you and I face each day we live as sysadmins, so why not look at what they have to say on this subject? Complete description here.

David is famous for giving talks that are both hilarious and educational at the same time. Many of his talks have compared system administrators to various social entities or occupations, for example his presentation on how Hollywood portays sysadmins, or how system administration is similar to veterinarians, or how system administration is similar to the work of sex therapists.

David closed the conference in 2007 with his talk about how system administration is similar to cooking, Listen to that talk here.

You may know David N. Blank-Edelman as the author of incredible books like Automating System Administration with Perl (known as "The Otter Book").

Can't get enough David? No worries! Sign up for one or both of his excellent tutorials.

{ Usenix LISA is in San Jose, CA from November 7-12, 2010. Register now! }

Join USENIX today (2010-10-21) at 11am (Pacific) (2pm US/Eastern) for the next installment of the LISA '10 sysadmin chat. The episode will feature an interview with David N. Blank-Edelman. David is the Director of Technology at the Northeastern University College of Computer and Information Science and the author of the O'Reilly book "Automating Systems Administration with Perl". He has been a system administrator for over 25 years.

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I can't wait until this event is over, my Google Reader is getting spammed with something I'm not going to every other day.

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