Zeroth day at LISA14! I live in Vancouver, so travelling by bus was quick and simple...not like the people I met coming from the East Coast by plane, or by trans-continental train, or the folks I met from Belgium and Norway who were still up at (for them) 3 AM after a trans-Atlantic flight. Found the hotel, found the (temporary) check-in desk for the conference (Metropolitan Ballroom, 3rd floor), and got my badge. Woot!
You've finally made it: you're sitting in a room at LISA, waiting for that awesome tutorial to start. Or it's the workshop of your dreams -- you can't believe there are so many people interested in talking about that thing! Or it's the keynote: just you, a thousand of your closest friends, and one of your heroes about to drop wisdom from the stage.
But I have bad news for you: you're not gonna remember any of it.
I’ve been going to LISA and USENIX ATC conferences for a long time. A conference is an intense experience. You have limited time and you want to want to meet everyone and see everything. While I enjoy the experience thoroughly, there have been times when I had less fun than I might have. If this is your first conference there are a few things you’ll want to think about both before you arrive and as the week goes on.
If you've taken a look at the
Workshops available at LISA this year, you’ve probably been
impressed by the wide range of subjects being covered. As a small
sample of what's on tap, Mark Lamourine interviewed three workshop
leaders to find out more about their background and what attendees can
In this interview, Lee Damon, the LISA14 Lightning Talk coordinator, tells us about some of Seattle’s great sights and attractions, getting around town, and everything else you might need to know for your upcoming trip to the Pacific Northwest.
There’s so much at LISA to be excited about this year, it can be hard to know where to start. Here, longtime LISA attendee/presenter and author Tom Limoncelli tells us what he’s most looking forward to, who should hurry up and register if they haven’t already, and what he thinks about the future of system administration.
Our profession is one without a lot of formal training (though that's changing...).
Instead, most of our knowledge is picked up on the job. We learn by
But this has its downsides. Sure, nobody wants a "paper tiger" -- all
certificates and no practical experience -- but how do you learn to do
X on the job, if your job doesn't need you to do X right now? Or what
if there's no one around to teach you X, or who knows the pitfalls to
watch out for?
There are deadlines you can safely ignore: they're soft, and the consequences are trivial. And then there are the deadlines that, when you miss them, make you smack your forehead and cry out to the sky avove, "WHY didn't I catch that?" We're coming close to one of those important deadlines, and I want to give you fair warning.
OK, so it’s 3:00pm, everyone’s on break getting coffee. It’s been a long day of sitting and listening. It’s good stuff and I’ve met some people that I want to keep in contact with. There’s another two hours to go before dinner and then… what?
Actually there are a lot of possibilities. While the days are for other people to talk, the nights are for me, and the place to start is the sign boards near the registration desk. This is where the evening activities are posted.