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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.”
  • Nov 7, Mini TOC Charleston, Charleston, SC
    Mini TOC Charleston is geared to librarians, large & small publishers, self-published authors, creative collectives, information hobbyists, journalists, historians, bloggers, and online experts seeking a better understanding of what ubiquitous content means for the future of commercial publishing.
  • Dec 4–5, Velocity China Conference, Beijing, China
    Most dynamic website companies face the same challenge: pages must load fast, the infrastructure has to be able to expand, sites and services must be reliable, and you have to do it all in a timeframe the team can handle while keeping it within budget. Velocity is the best place for Web professionals to meet to exchange ideas and share best practices and lessons learned.


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.”
  • Dec 3–7, Middleware 2012, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    ACM/IFIP/USENIX 13th International Conference on Middleware: “a premier forum for the discussion of innovations and recent advances in the design, implementation, experimentation, deployment, and usage of middleware systems.”
  • Dec 9–14, LISA ’12, San Diego, CA
    26th Large Installation System Administration Conference: “The annual LISA conference is the meeting place of choice for system and network administrators and engineers; it is the crossroads of Web operations, DevOps, enterprise computing, educational computing, and research computing.”

Other Happenings

  • 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.
  • Dec 3
    John Backus would have been 87.
  • Dec 4
    Eric Raymond, aka ESR, is 43.
  • Dec 9
    Grace Hopper’s 105th birthday.
  • Dec 10
    Ada Lovelace’s 196th birthday.
  • Dec 10
    Ada, the programming language, is 31 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 91 today.
  • Dec 17
    Les Earnest, inventor of first spell checker and of the finger protocol, is 81.