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  Author sightings, partner events, and other notable happenings.  

Author Appearances


  • Oct 27, Atlanta, GA
    CC ’10: USENIX Education on the Road: Georgia: a new program that will bring USENIX-quality tutorials for free to a city near you.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.