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  Author sightings, partner events, and other notable happenings.  

Thanks to David Copeland for creating a tool to make it easy for authors to generate the code I need to post these! Here’s what’s coming up in the next three months:

Author Appearances

Who’s where, and what for.

O’Reilly Events

Upcoming events from our friends at O’Reilly.

  • July 16–20, O’Reilly Open Source Convention Portland, OR
    OSCON: “If you work with open source, you’ll want to be here. With a dozen plus tracks and hundreds of sessions, you’ll find practical tutorials, inspirational keynotes, and a wealth of information on open source languages, platforms, and development.”


What’s coming from our USENIX friends.

  • July 23–24, Asia-pacific Systems Workshop Seoul, South Korea
    APSYS 2012: “Building on the success of its 2010 and 2011 predecessors in New Delhi, India and Shanghai, China, APSys 2012 will be a lively forum for systems researchers and practitioners across the world to meet, interact, and collaborate with their peers from the Asia/Pacific region.”
  • Aug 8–10, 21st USENIX Security SymposiumBellevue, WA
    USENIX Security ’12: “The USENIX Security Symposium brings together researchers, practitioners, system administrators, system programmers, and others interested in the latest advances in the security of computer systems and networks. The Symposium will span three days, with a technical program including: Keynote Address by Dickie George, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory; over 40 Refereed Papers covering the latest research including topics such as browser security, CAPTCHAs, and passwords; privacy enhancing technologies; botnets and Web security; and more.”
  • EVT/WOTE ’12: “EVT/WOTE ’12 brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines, ranging from computer science and human-computer interaction experts through political scientists, legal experts, election administrators, and voting equipment vendors.”
  • HealthSec ’12: “The focus of HealthSec ’12 will be on the development of new techniques and policies to ensure the privacy and security of next-generation healthcare systems and devices.”
  • WOOT ’12: “WOOT ’12 aims to bring together researchers and practitioners in systems security to present research advancing the understanding of attacks on operating systems, networks, and applications.”
  • FOCI ’12: “FOCI ’12 seeks to bring together researchers and practitioners from technology, law, and policy who are working on means to study, detect, or circumvent practices that inhibit free and open communications on the Internet.”
  • CSET ’12: “The science of cyber security is challenging for a number of reasons. Meeting these challenges requires transformational advances, including understanding of the relationship between scientific method and cyber security evaluation, advancing capabilities of underlying experimental infrastructure, and improving data usability.”
  • HotSec ’12: “HotSec places its singular emphasis on new ideas and problems. HotSec takes a broad view of security and privacy and encompasses research on topics including, but not limited to, large-scale threats, network security, hardware security, software security, physical security, programming languages, applied cryptography, privacy, human-computer interaction, emerging computing environment, sociology, and economics.”
  • MetriCon 7.0: “How to define, generate, and communicate security metrics you can use today.”

Other Happenings

  • July 9
    Browser pioneer Marc Andreessen is 41.
  • July 16
    VisiCalc co-creator Dan Bricklin is 61.
  • Aug 9
    Alfred Aho, co-creator of AWK language, is 71.
  • Aug 11
    Steve Wozniak is 62.
  • Aug 12
    The IBM PC was released 31 years ago today.
  • Aug 20
    Game developer John Carmack is 42.
  • Aug 21
    Linus Torvalds announces Linux project, 1991.
  • Aug 29
    Boy genius Stephen Wolfram is 53.
  • Sept 1
    This month the GNU Project turns 29.
  • Sept 2
    First message sent over Internet, 1969.
  • Sept 2
    sendmail creator Eric Allman is 57.
  • Sept 9
    C creator Dennis Ritchie is 71.
  • Sept 10
    Space tourist Charles Simonyi is 64.
  • Sept 27
    Perl creator Larry Wall is 58.