Impostor Syndrome-Proof Yourself and Your Community

Impostor Syndrome-Proof Yourself and Your Community is a guest post by Mary Gardiner and Valerie Aurora. Mary Gardiner is the Director of Operations and Research for The Ada Initiative. Valerie Aurora is the Executive Director of The Ada Initiative. This article is the second installment in our new USENIX Women in Advanced Computing (WiAC) series.

How to Write a Talk Proposal

How to Write a Talk Proposal is a guest post by Dawn Foster, Puppet Labs community manager. This article is the first installment in our new USENIX Women in Advanced Computing (WiAC) series.

Interview with LISA '13 Blog Team lead Matt Simmons

In a fit of meta-ness, I decided to interview Matt Simmons. He is a well-respected blogger and has become a LISA fixture. Every year, the blog team chronicles LISA events for posterity. Here Matt tells us a litle bit more about the team.

Ben Cotton: This is your 5th year on the blog team and your 4th as team lead. What brought you here, and what keeps you coming back?

LISA '13: Show Your Badge Program

As you're planning your trip to Washington, D.C. for LISA '13, be sure to check out the Show Your Badge site. Your USENIX LISA '13 badge will help you save money at area attractions, restaurants, and shops, and will get you discounts on tours, transportation, and at performing arts events.  Here's how it works:

1. Go to

Interview with Shumon Huque on his DNSSEC class

Shumon Huque is teaching two classes at LISA13: DNSSEC and IPv6. I'd already had the chance to interview him about IPv6, but I couldn't leave well enough alone, so I badgered him about the DNSSEC classs, and he was gracious enough to answer. Thanks Shumon! Here's what he had to say: 

Interview with SESA '13 Chair Kyrre Begnum

This year, a brand new conference is co-located with LISA. The inaugural Summit for Educators in System Administration (SESA) is a one-day conference bringing together educators from around the globe. The program includes invited talks, a poster session, mini workshops, and an evening BoF. Early bird registration is available through October 15.

The End Is Near! (at least for LISA '13 grant applications and FAST '14 calls for papers)

Students, don't miss your chance to land a fabulous grant for LISA '13, which will be held in Washington, D.C. from November 3-8. You can't get a grant if you don't apply. Not sure what a grant will get you? Check out Selena's story: How a USENIX Student Grant Can Lead to a Career in Technology. She attended LISA '97 on a student grant.

Interview with LISA Trainer Shumon Huque: IPv6

IPv6 has been the next big thing for years. Like a virtual sword of Damocles, we've heard about the IP address exhaustion of v4, and USENIX has offered training on IPv6 at several LISA conferences, leading to many people implementing it at their own workplaces. 

There's been a lot of positive feedback, and so again, we're featuring an IPv6 tutorial from none other than Shumon Huque, the Lead Engineer for the Networking & Telecommunications department at the University of Pennsylvania, where he's also the principal IPv6 Architect. 

I got the chance to ask Shumon some questions about IPv6 and his tutorial this weekend. 

Update to yesterday's post (aka What could possibly go wrong?)

I'd like to thank the dozens (hundreds?) of people who have responded positively to my To My Daughter's High School Programming Teacher post.


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