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Author sightings, partner events, and other notable happenings.

Author Appearances

O’Reilly Events

  • Nov 15–17, San Francisco, CA
    Web 2.0 Summit: An invitation-only event, Web 2.0 Summit brings the intelligence, innovation, and leadership of the Internet industry together to discuss and debate the most critical issues and strategies driving the Internet economy now and in the near future.

USENIX Events

  • Nov 7–12, San Jose, CA
    Lisa ’10: 24th Large Installation System Administration Conference. The 2010 training program includes over 45 classes and they’re again offering series of classes focusing on some of the most important topics you’ll encounter.
  • Nov 29–Dec 3, Bangalore, India
    Middleware 2010: ACM/IFIP/USENIX 11th International Middleware Conference. The Middleware conference is a forum for the discussion of important innovations and recent advances in the design, construction, and uses of middleware.

Other Happenings

  • 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.
  • Dec 3
    John Backus would have been 86.
  • Dec 4
    Eric Raymond, aka ESR, is 53.
  • Dec 9
    Grace Hopper’s 104th birthday.
  • Dec 10
    Ada Lovelace’s 195th birthday.
  • Dec 10
    Ada, the programming language, is 30 today.
  • Dec 16
    John Bardeen and Walter Brattain created the first transistor on this day in 1947.
  • Dec 17
    Ken Iverson, creator of APL, would have been 90 today.
  • Dec 17
    Les Earnest, inventor of first spell checker and of the finger protocol, is 80.
  • Dec 23
    Birthday of Bob Miner, who wrote Oracle’s original database software.
  • Dec 25
    Richard Greenblat, famed MIT hacker, is 66.
  • Dec 26
    Charles Babbage’s 219th birthday.
  • Dec 28
    Linus Torvalds is 41.
  • Dec 30
    Bjarne Stroustrup is 60.
  • Dec 31
    Leonard Adleman, the A in RSA encryption, is 65.
  • Jan 10
    MUD co-creator Richard Bartle is 51.
  • Jan 10
    Donald Knuth, who continues to inspire authors who are having trouble finishing that book, is 73.
  • Jan 11
    Tony Hoare, author of Quicksort, is 77.
  • Jan 20
    Sims creator Will Wright is 51.
  • Jan 21
    Paul Allen is 58.
  • Jan 22
    On this day in 1984, Superbowl viewers watched a woman with a hammer smash Big Brother.
  • Jan 24
    Alain Colmerauer, Prolog’s creator, is 70.
  • Jan 25
    Pac-Man creator Toru Iwatani is 56.
  • Jan 31
    Guido van Rossum, author of Python and possessor of an excellent last name for a programmer (Google “R.U.R.”), is 55.