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  Author sightings, partner events, and other notable happenings.  

Author Appearances

O’Reilly Events

  • Mar 28–31, Web 2.0 Expo, San Francisco, CA
    O’Reilly Web 2.0 Expo SF: “The program will spotlight experts, leaders, and under-the-radar innovations, and in the spirit of Web 2.0, there will be ample opportunity for attendees to connect, contribute, and collaborate. Web 2.0 Expo will be a place for creativity, engineering, and innovation.”
  • 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.”


What’s coming from our USENIX friends.

  • Mar 29, Hot-ICE ’11, Boston, MA
    Workshop on Hot Topics in Management of Internet, Cloud, and Enterprise Networks and Services: “The first Hot-ICE workshop seeks to bring together researchers and practitioners working on network and service management in the Internet, cloud, and enterprise domains. The scope of Hot-ICE includes all aspects of network and service management.”
  • Mar 29, LEET ’11, Boston, MA
    4th USENIX Workshop on Large-Scale Exploits and Emergent Threats: “LEET aims to be a true workshop, with the twin goals of fostering the development of preliminary work and helping to unify the broad community of researchers and practitioners who focus on worms, bots, spam, spyware, phishing, DDoS, and the ever-increasing palette of large-scale Internet-based threats.”
  • Mar 30—Apr 1, NSDI ’11, Boston, MA
    8th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation: “NSDI ’11 will focus on the design principles, implementation, and practical evaluation of large-scale networked and distributed systems.”
  • 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.”

Other Happenings

  • March
    Maybe you knew that Edsger Dijkstra’s famous letter “Go To Statement Considered Harmful,” appeared in Communications of the ACM in March of 1968. But maybe you didn’t know that the phrase was not in fact Dijkstra’s, but was attached to the letter by the publication’s editor, Niklaus Wirth.
  • Mar 3
    GNOME first came out of its burrow on this date in 1999.
  • Mar 9
    Jef Raskin would have turned 68 today.
  • Mar 11
    J.C.R. Licklider would have turned 96 today.
  • Mar 13
    On this date in 1986, Microsoft went public, creating four billionaires.
  • Mar 15
    A-life pioneer Craig Reynolds, who worked on the first Tron, is 58.
  • Mar 15
    It’s the Ides of March. Beware.
  • Mar 16
    Richard Stallman is 58 and MINIX author Andy Tanenbaum is 67.
  • Mar 24
    It’s Ada Lovelace Day, honoring women in technology and science.
  • Mar 24
    Mac OS X is X today.
  • Mar 25
    On this day in 1995, Wiki went worldwide as Ward Cunningham installed WikiWikiWeb on the Web.
  • Mar 26
    Larry Page is 38.
  • Mar 31
    Evan Williams, co-founder of Twitter, is 39.
  • Mar 31
    It’s the second anniversary of Steve Wozniak’s last appearance on “Dancing with the Stars.”
  • 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.