This is the third year that USENIX has offered PowerShell training at LISA, and the first I've been able to get into the class to take it. I'm so glad I could finally do it, because even though I use PowerShell almost every day to administer my vSphere clusters (through the excellent PowerCLI extension by VMware), I don't feel like I have a really solid grasp of the language as a whole.
A conference the size of LISA is no small effort. USENIX relies
heavily on the contributions of the community, including the
conference chairs. This year's chairs are Narayan Desai and Kent
Skaar. Narayan focuses on building large-scale computational platforms
and software at Argonne National Laboratory. Skaar works for VMWare,
focused on distributed systems management and applications. I recently
asked them about their experience co-chairing LISA '13.
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Every week is Open Access Week at USENIX, and this week we're happy to participate in the 6th annual global Open Access Week. Since 2008, USENIX papers have been freely available and USENIX authors retain their copyright."Two key parts of the USENIX mission are to foster technical innovation
and to provide support for and dissemination of research in computer
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.
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?