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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 http://washington.org/ShowYourBadge

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 the Ubuntu Community Team's Jorge Castro on the Juju Charm Championship

Canonical recently announced the Juju Charm Championship, a contest with $60,000 USD in prizes on the line. We talked with Jorge Castro from the Ubuntu Community Team to find out what developers need to do to win the big bucks.

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.

To my daughter's high school programming teacher

Update 2 (wherein my daughter chimes in): As I said, my daughter is in India for a year, so she didn't see this article until Wednesday, September 11. I wasn't sure how she'd feel about me sharing her story and all the attention it received. Luckily, my daughter thanked me for writing about her experience. I asked her whether she had any corrections for the article. "Um, maybe tell them that I did actually talk to the teacher and I tried to tell the guys to quit being jerks," she said.

Hands-on Security for System Administrators

On Monday, November 4, Branson Matheson will be teaching Hands-on Security for System Administrators at USENIX LISA '13 in Washington, D.C.

Branson is a systems architect for SGT working at NASA and has 25 years of system administration and security under his belt, so he knows a thing or two about the topic.  In this interview, Branson answers a few questions about system administration and security.

LISA13 Registration Open

Registration for LISA'13 is open. Here's a quick overview of some of the new and returning things you'll see when you attend the largest gathering of system administrators in the world. Training, tech sessions, mini conferences, Hack Space, and much, much more!