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  Author sightings, partner events, and other notable happenings.  

Gotta lead with this item because it so obviously belongs up front. Front-end developers, take note:

  • The Treasure of the Frontend Island: “On Friday 21st join us on a mind-blowing journey with some of the biggest names in our industry. The conference will take place at the inspiring Teatro Duse, a wonderful XVII century building recently renovated.” Also workshops on the 20th. Not to mention the pirate theme and the Italian craft beers at the after party!

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.

  • 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

  • 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.
  • Nov 1
    Mitch Kapor is 62.
  • Nov 8
    Bill Joy is 58.
  • Nov 6
    Jerry Yang is 44.
  • Nov 10
    Bert Bos, co-creator of Cascading Style Sheets, is 49.
  • Nov 10
    Richard Brodie, creator of Microsoft Word, is 52.
  • Nov 18
    Pamela Kyle Crossley, historian and creator of SIMPLE, is 57.
  • Nov 19
    Dries Buytaert, Drupal founder and lead developer, is 34.
  • Nov 22
    Randall Schwartz is 51.
  • Nov 22
    PHP creator Rasmus Lerdorf is 44.
  • Nov 22
    And it’s Charles Simonyi’s wedding anniversary.