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See Us at SCALE11x (and other updates)

Are you attending SCALE11x in Los Angeles this weekend? I look forward to SCALE every year and was excited to have a USENIX booth in the expo again. I think my first SCALE was five years ago when I was working at Linux Pro Magazine, and I immediately fell in love with the great community event and made a ton of friends while I was there. This year, Mother Nature called and dumped a foot of snow on lovely, Lawrence, Kansas.

WiAC Interview: Mary Arras, Sr. System Engineer at The Nature Conservancy

In a new Women in Advanced Computing (WiAC) interview series, we focus on sysadmins. This week we hear from Mary Arras, Sr. System Engineer at The Nature Conservancy.

RE: Briefly tell us about yourself and what you currently do.

WiAC Interview: Amy Rich, Manager of Release Engineering Operations at Mozilla Corporation

In a new Women in Advanced Computing (WiAC) interview series, we focus on sysadmins. This week we hear from Amy Rich. I first met Rich when she was the Q&A columnist for Sys Admin magazine. Now she works at Mozilla, in addition to wearing a few other hats.

RE: Tell us about yourself and what you currently do.

USENIX Members Support Open Access

Open access to scholarly papers continues to be a hot topic, as it should be. Back in April, I wrote about the USENIX open access policy. Since 2008, USENIX papers have been freely available and USENIX authors retain their copyright.

WiAC Interview: Dawn Foster, Puppet Labs Community Lead

In a new Women in Advanced Computing (WiAC) interview series, we focus on sysadmins. Recently Dawn Foster, Puppet's community lead, emailed me to ask for help recruiting speakers for Puppet Camps and conferences. So naturally, I recruited her to be my first interviewee.

RE: Tell us about yourself and what you currently do.

USENIX Community and Events Update: January 18, 2013

What's going on with the USENIX community? Robin "Roblimo" Miller asked me that question over G+ last week. See the video online at Slashdot:

Reminder: Upcoming CFP Deadlines

Did you make a list of New Year's Resolutions that included things such as:

  • Don't miss deadlines
  • Attend more conferences
  • Do a better job of promoting my work
  • Get over my imposter syndrome
  • Eat more vegetables

If so, you'll want to note our upcoming calls for papers deadlines while you nibble on carrot sticks and plan your paper:

Papers and Reports: Community and Teaching

The second Papers and Reports session on Thursday morning, chaired by Andrew Hume, focused on education and training. The first to present was Rudy Gevaert from Ghent University. In his talk, entitled "A sustainable model for ICT capacity building in developing countries", Rudy discussed lessons learned over nearly a decade of bringing information and communication technology (ICT) skills and resources to developing nations. The Flemish Inter-University Council for University Development Cooperation (VLIR-UOS) has been working partner universities in Cuba and Ethiopia.

Advancing Women in Computing

This post is written jointly by Ben Cotton and Greg Riedesel

The opening topic -- and a recurring theme -- was mentoring. Each of the panelists described traits of a helpful mentor. Listening may be the most important skill a mentor can have, but asking the right questions is also critical.

How Engadget survives Apple iDevice events

Friday morning at LISA, people are tired but sessions still go on. Engineers from Engadget gave a presentation on how they survive Apple product announcements. It’s a very hard problem. The 4.4 billion requests during the two hour announcement is more than most of AOL’s sites get in a week.

There are a few methods for how they survive, but the single biggest is to build caching into every layer and avoid cache-busters. They’ve done so well at this that a single MySQL server per datacenter is enough to feed the thundering hordes.