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  Author sightings, partner events, and other notable happenings.  

A good url to check for events of interest to Rubyists.

Author Appearances


  • Aug 11–13, 19th USENIX Security Symposium, Washington, D.C.
    Whether you’re a researcher, a system administrator, or a policy wonk, come to USENIX Security ’10 to find out how changes in computer security are going to affect you. The 3-day program includes an innovative technical program, starting with a keynote address by Roger G. Johnston of the Vulnerability Assessment Team at Argonne National Laboratory; invited talks, including “Toward an Open and Secure Platform for Using the Web,” by Will Drewry, Google; a refereed papers track, including 30 papers presenting the newest advances; and a Poster session displaying the latest preliminary research. Gain valuable knowledge on a variety of subject areas, including detection of network attacks, privacy, Internet security, Web security, and more.

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

  • Aug 9
    Alfred Aho, co-creator of AWK language, is 69.
  • Aug 11
    Steve Wozniak is 60.
  • Aug 20
    Game developer John Carmack is 40.
  • Aug 21
    Linus Torvalds announces Linux project, 1991.
  • Aug 29
    Boy genius Stephen Wolfram is 51.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.