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Author sightings, partner events, and other notable happenings.

Author Appearances

USENIX Events

  • Oct 2–3, Vancouver, BC
    Diversity ’10: OSDI Workshop on Supporting Diversity in Systems Research. The goal of this workshop is to strengthen the pipeline of systems students from underrepresented backgrounds. Over the course of two days, leading researchers from academia and industry will meet with female and ethnic minority students to provide valuable mentoring and career advice. Topics for the mentoring sessions include how to select a research agenda, how to craft an effective elevator pitch, and how to successfully finish a dissertation. The workshop also has two technical sessions. The first features presentations from established academics, allowing students to learn about cutting-edge research and how it can be presented effectively. The second technical session is a poster session in which students describe their research to each other and to more senior members of the academic community; this session provides students with a fantastic opportunity to receive targeted feedback in a supportive environment.

O’Reilly Events

  • Sept 7–8, Gov 2.0 Summit, Washington, D.C.
    O’Reilly’s Gov 2.0 Summit happens in Washington D.C. Last year's event was sold out. Submit your request today and reserve your seat at the table with leaders and decision makers to refine the concept of government-as-platform.
  • Sept 27–30, Web 2.0 Expo, New York
    O’Reilly’s Web 2.0 Expo New York happens at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers. Early Registration is open and you can save $350 if you register before August 5. This year, Web 2.0 Expo New York focuses on Platforms for Growth, diving into the platform opportunities for the whole web ecosystem, particularly mobile, real-time, and the social web.

Other Happenings

  • Sept 1
    This month the GNU Project turns 27.
  • Sept 2
    First message sent over Internet, 1969.
  • Sept 2
    sendmail creator Eric Allman is 55.
  • Sept 4
    LISP creator and AI pioneer John McCarthy is 83.
  • Sept 9
    C creator Dennis Ritchie is 69.
  • Sept 10
    Space tourist Charles Simonyi is 62.
  • Women Who Tech. Because women are underrepresented in technology, in order to break down barriers, and to mobilize a network of women in technology, this teleconference was created. Afterparties in San Francisco, New York City, and Washington, D.C.
  • Sept 27
    Perl creator Larry Wall is 56.
  • Oct 2
    The Great Quux is 56.
  • Oct 4
    The Free Software Foundation is 35.
  • Oct 4
    Birthday of John Vincent Atanasoff, one of the inventors of the computer.
  • Oct 5
    Linux is 19.
  • Oct 6
    Adobe co-founder John Warnock is 70.
  • Oct 12
    Birthday of Ole-Johan Dahl, co-creator of the Simula language and thus of object-oriented programming.
  • Oct 15
    David Heinemeier Hansson is now over 30, hence not to be trusted.
  • Oct 16
    Mike Muuss, who invented Ping, was born on this date in 1958.
  • Oct 17
    October Manifesto issued by Tsar Nicholas II in an unsuccessful attempt to undermine the Russian Revolution. (October 30 according to the Gregorian Calendar.)
  • Oct 19
    Steve Peter’s birthday. I had to mention that, because he proofread the issue. If you find any errors, they’re his fault.
  • Oct 25
    Peter Naur, the N in BNF, is 82.
  • Oct 28
    Former software executive Bill Gates is 55.
  • Oct 29
    On this date in 1969, ARPAnet first linked Doug Engelbart’s lab at SRI with Leonard Kleinrock’s at UCLA.
  • Oct 31
    The traditional date for the leaking of confidential internal Microsoft documents outlining strategies for undermining open source software.
  • Nov 1
    This month the OLPC is 5 years old.
  • Nov 1
    Mitch Kapor is 60.
  • Nov 8
    Bill Joy is 56.
  • Nov 6
    Jerry Yang is 42.
  • Nov 22
    Randall Schwartz, aka merlyn, is 49. He may be hoarding helium.
  • Nov 22
    PHP creator Rasmus Lerdorf is 42.
  • Nov 22
    Charles Simonyi’s wedding anniversary.
  • Nov 27
    Andrew Flugelman, inventor of shareware, would have been 67 today.