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  Author sightings, partner events, and other notable happenings.  

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.

  • Oct 1–2, Strata Conference, London, England
    Strata Conference: “The O’Reilly Strata Conference in London will bring together the best minds in data to explore the opportunities made possible by the latest state-of-the-art big data tools and analytic approaches.”
  • Oct 2–4, Velocity Conference, London, England
    Velocity Conference: “This October, hundreds of web ops and performance professionals will gather in London to share their ideas and expertise—and to discover the technical skills, tools, tips, tricks, and best practices they need to exceed the continually increasing expectations for a faster, stronger web.”
  • Oct 9, TOC Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
    TOC Frankfurt: “Tools of Change Frankfurt returns for a fourth year on Tuesday, 9 October 2012—the eve of the Frankfurt Book Fair (10–14 October)—gathering the best and brightest in our global publishing and technology community for a full day of intriguing keynotes, sessions, and networking.”
  • Oct 16–17, Strata Rx Conference, San Francisco, CA
    Strata Rx Conference: “Strata Rx is the first conference to bring data science to the intractable and urgent issues confronting healthcare.”
  • Oct 20, Mini TOC Vancouver, Vancouver, B.C.
    Mini TOC Vancouver: “While the focus at Mini TOC is on the intersection of technology and publishing—just like at the ‘big’ TOCs—at Mini TOC, the crowd is small, the atmosphere is intimate and informal, and all the emphasis is on attendees and presenters sharing the conversations.”
  • O’Reilly Strata Conference and Hadoop World: “Now in its second year in New York, the O’Reilly Strata Conference explores the changes brought to technology and business by big data, data science, and pervasive computing. This year, Strata has joined forces with Hadoop World to create the largest gathering of the Apache Hadoop community in the world.”


What’s coming from our USENIX friends.

  • 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.”
  • Oct 8–10, OSDI ’12, Hollywood, CA
    10th USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation: “The 10th OSDI seeks to present innovative, exciting research in computer systems. OSDI brings together professionals from academic and industrial backgrounds in what has become the premier forum for discussing the design, implementation, and implications of systems software.”

Other Happenings

  • Aug 9
    Alfred Aho, co-creator of AWK language, is 72.
  • 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 10
    Space tourist Charles Simonyi is 64.
  • Sept 27
    Perl creator Larry Wall is 58.
  • Oct 2
    The Great Quux is 58.
  • Oct 4
    The Free Software Foundation is 37.
  • Oct 4
    Birthday of John Vincent Atanasoff, one of the inventors of the computer.
  • Oct 5
    Linux is 21!
  • Oct 6
    Adobe co-founder John Warnock is 72.
  • Oct 12
    Birthday of Ole-Johan Dahl, co-creator of the Simula language and thus of object-oriented programming.
  • Oct 16
    Mike Muuss, who invented Ping, was born on this date in 1958.
  • Oct 25
    Peter Naur, the N in BNF, is 84.
  • Oct 28
    Former software executive Bill Gates is 57.
  • 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.