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Author sightings, partner events, and other notable happenings.

MIT is 150 years old this year, and they’re throwing a party! Well, a symposium, really. If you happen to be in Cambridge April 11–12, you have an opportunity to see some computer pioneers, like Patrick Wiston, Ron Rivest, Butler Lampson, Rodney Brooks, and Tim Berners-Lee.

Author Appearances

O’Reilly Events

  • Apr 11–14, MySQL Conference & Expo, Santa Clara, CA
    MySQL Conference & Expo: “The O’Reilly MySQL Conference & Expo is committed to spreading the latest and best knowledge on MySQL and related technologies to the global community of DBAs, developers, and managers. You’ll find answers to your questions about MySQL in an independent and inclusive environment. You’ll also find practical guidance to help you add value and manage costs to your project or organization.”
  • Apr 19–21, Where 2.0, Santa Clara, CA
    O’Reilly Where 2.0 Conference: “Where 2.0 brings together the people, projects, and issues building the new technological foundations and creating value in the location ecosystem. Join with developers, technologists, CTOs, researchers, geographers, academics, business developers, and entrepreneurs to debate what’s critical now, and what’s pushing the boundaries of the location frontier.”
  • May 16–19, RailsConf, Baltimore, MD
    RailsConf: “Co-produced by Ruby Central and O'Reilly Media, RailsConf is the official and largest gathering of the Ruby on Rails community. RailsConf incorporates keynotes, sessions, and tutorials to arm participants with the knowledge and skills they need to capitalize on the wealth of services and opportunities the Rails framework has to offer.”
  • May 21–22, Maker Faire 2011, San Mateo, CA
    Maker Faire 2011: “A two-day, family-friendly event that celebrates arts, crafts, engineering, and science projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset. It's for creative, resourceful people who like to tinker and love to make things. We call them Makers.”
  • June 14–16, O’Reilly Velocity Conference, Santa Clara, CA
    Velocity: “Web performance and operations, once the secret sauce of elite Web companies, are now essential ingredients in every company’s online strategy. The business value of ‘fast and reliable’ has been established, and stakeholders are demanding more and better results now. Get the skills and tools you need to master this ever-shifting, increasingly complex domain at Velocity.”

USENIX Events

What’s coming from our USENIX friends.

  • Apr 10–13, EuroSys11, Salzburg, Austria
    European Conference on Computer Systems: “The EuroSys conference series brings together professionals from academia and industry. It has a strong focus on systems research and development: operating systems, data base systems, real-time systems and middleware for networked, distributed, parallel, or embedded computing systems. EuroSys has become a premier forum for discussing various issues of systems software research and development, including implications related to hardware and applications.”
  • May 8–10, HotOS XIII, Napa, CA
    HotOS XIII: “Three days of active interaction among innovative practitioners and researchers in computing systems, broadly construed. Continuing the HotOS tradition, participants will present and discuss new ideas about computer systems research and how technological advances and new applications are shaping our computational infrastructure.”
  • May 26–27, HotPar '11, Berkeley, CA
    3rd USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Parallelism: “HotPar '11 will bring together researchers and practitioners doing innovative work in the area of parallel computing. HotPar recognizes the broad impact of multicore computing and seeks relevant contributions in all fields, including application design, languages and compilers, systems, and architecture.”
  • Jun 14, HotCloud '11, Portland, OR
    3rd USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Cloud Computing: Part of 2011 USENIX Federated Conferences Week. “Back for 2011, USENIX is combining established conferences and new workshops into a week of research, trends, and community interaction.”
  • June 14, HotStorage '11, Portland, OR
    3rd USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Storage and File Systems: Part of 2011 USENIX Federated Conferences Week. “Back for 2011, USENIX is combining established conferences and new workshops into a week of research, trends, and community interaction.”
  • June 14, WIOV '11, Portland, OR
    3rd Workshop on I/O Virtualization: Part of 2011 USENIX Federated Conferences Week. “Back for 2011, USENIX is combining established conferences and new workshops into a week of research, trends, and community interaction.”
  • June 15–17, USENIX ATC '11, Portland, OR
    2011 USENIX Annual Technical Conference: Part of 2011 USENIX Federated Conferences Week. “Back for 2011, USENIX is combining established conferences and new workshops into a week of research, trends, and community interaction.”
  • Jun 15–16, WebApps '11, Portland, OR
    2nd USENIX Conference on Web Application Development: Part of 2011 USENIX Federated Conferences Week. “Back for 2011, USENIX is combining established conferences and new workshops into a week of research, trends, and community interaction.”
  • Jun 20–21, TaPP '11, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
    3rd USENIX Workshop on the Theory and Practice of Provenance: “The workshop may cover any topic related to theoretical or practical aspects of provenance, including but not limited to: provenance in databases, work flows, programming languages, security, software engineering, or systems; provenance on the Web; or real-world applications of or requirements for provenance.”
  • Jun 28–Jul 1, MobiSys 2011, Washington, DC
    The 9th Annual International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services: “MobiSys 2011 seeks to present innovative and significant research on the design, implementation, usage, and evaluation of mobile computing and wireless systems, applications, and services. It is jointly sponsored by ACM SIGMOBILE and the USENIX association in cooperation with ACM SIGOPS.”

Other Happenings

  • Apr 4
    Larry Page takes over as Google CEO.
  • Apr 5
    SATAN’s father, Dan Farmer, is 49.
  • Apr 5
    Inventor Dean Kamen is 60.
  • Apr 6
    MacOS co-creator Andy Hertzfeld is 58.
  • Apr 9
    ENIAC co-inventor J. Presper Eckert was born on this date in 1919.
  • Apr 9
    SQLite architect D. Richard Hipp is 50.
  • Apr 14
    Ruby designer Yukihiro Matsumoto (Matz) is 46.
  • Apr 18
    PUGS project initiator Audrey Tang is 30.
  • Apr 20
    Chief Yahoo David Filo is 45.
  • Apr 22
    Psychedlic ruminant-fancying game designer Jeff Minter (Yak) is 49.
  • Apr 24
    Champion of modelessness Larry Tesler is 66.
  • Apr 28
    Mathematician Kurt Gödel was born on this date in 1906.
  • Apr 30
    Information theory pioneer Claude Shannon was born on this date in 1916.
  • Apr 30
    Colossal Cave Adventure creator Don Woods is 57.
  • Apr 30
    The World Wide Web is 18.
  • May
    In May, 1980, Erno Rubik’s puzzle started selling internationally under the name “Rubik’s Cube.”
  • May 1
    2006 MacArthur Fellow Jim Fruchterman is 52.
  • May 2
    Protoblogger Dave Winer is 56.
  • May 3
    Simon Tatham, known for playing with PuTTY, is 34.
  • May 8
    jQuery creator John Resig got to age 27 one day ahead of Mark Zuckerberg.
  • May 9
    Red Hat founder Marc Ewing is 42.
  • May 11
    Edsger Dijkstra’s 81st birthday.
  • May 14
    Zillionaire entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg is 27.
  • May 17
    Youthful Alan Kay is 71(!)
  • May 19
    Today is the tenth anniversary of the opening of the first Apple retail stores. Also, Java daddy James Gosling is 56 today; Theo de Raadt, founding member of NetBSD and founder of OpenBSD and OpenSSH, is 43; SNOBOL creator Ralph Griswold would have turned 77 today; and CP/M inventor Gary Kildall would have turned 69.
  • May 26
    Ward Cunningham is 62.
  • May 27
    PEZ was trademarked on this date in 1952.
  • May 28
    Networking hotshot Adam Dunkels is 33.
  • May 29
    62nd birthday of shareware co-creator Bob Wallace.
  • May 31
    John Kemeny was born on this day in 1926.
  • June
    In this month in 2011, Facebook will move into former Sun Microsystems digs in Menlo Park, CA.
  • June
    In this month in 1957, computer science legend Donald Knuth published his first article, “Potrzebie System of Weights and Measures,” in Mad Magazine.
  • June 1
    Tim Paterson, whose operating system made Bill Gates a jillionaire, is 55.
  • June 3
    One year ago today, Toro Iwatani was recognized by Guiness World Records for his game Pac-Man having the most coin-operated arcade machines installed worldwide: 293,822.
  • June 8
    Tim Berners-Lee is 56.
  • June 23
    Vint Cerf is 68.
  • June 23
    Mathematica is 23.
  • June 28
    Firefox co-creator Dave Hyatt is 29.
  • June 30
    Lynne Jolitz is 50.