LOPSA News

  • 09 Jun 2017 10:44 AM | Anonymous member

    Rather obviously I am Danielle White. I have been a system administrator since 1996, doing so in both university (public and private) and corporate environments. My administration positions included both OS level work and application tier. More recently my position is operations automation work, primarily with Python and Ansible, for management of hosted customers.

    Through those positions I worked with a wide variety of other system administrators, ranging ones very new to the field through ones who, as my friend and fellow system administrator Dallas Wisehaupt once put it of our then senior system administrator colleague, “you can tell he was used to running machines with 8k words of RAM.”

    Due to these experiences I have come to a greater understanding of the expanse of our field, ways in which it changes, and the varied backgrounds of the field’s practitioners. I have gained appreciation for areas where LOPSA has a potential for growth and to strengthen what we already do well.

    From my experience with groups such as the RDU chapter of Girl Develop It I have become aware of an area of focus that is missed: a set of people who define themselves as developers but who are doing system administration work as a part of their job. The people participating in those groups are not part of ones, such as the local LUG, where LOPSA is far better known and, thus, they do not hear of us. An aspect related to this is conferences; LISA is critical and LOPSA-EAST has been important but many aren’t there. Instead they are at All Things Open, the various regional Dev Ops Days conferences, PyCon, and so forth. This focus serves to both strengthen our field and boost membership.

    I was very happy to see LOPSA’s mentoring program when it was introduced and still strongly support it. I will work for an expansion to do more to train our members to be better mentors. I recognize that the need for many of these resources is beyond the scope of the mentorship program as such. This was the reason I developed a “mentoring the mentors” presentation that had been slated for an unfortunately canceled LOPSA-EAST conference. Many of us who approach mentoring do so without solid support. If we were fortunate we had good mentors and can build on their work, and if not we are left to find our own way.

    I came to see this as a needed focus due to my own experience becoming the mentor in a situation of much position turnover followed by several years of considerable team growth, going from a team of six with half overseas to a team of nearly 50. My most difficult lessons were ones of soft skills and ares we typically consider more of a managerial nature. We must begin to better share these lessons with others so we can be the improvement.

    Finally, all of this comes with recognition that there are important gendered aspects that we need to understand. In my area there is an obvious gendered divide that affects the effective reach of LOPSA, i.e. women who are doing systems administration work as part of their jobs are not going to the loal LUG where people know LOPSA. While recognizing that this is going to be a long road I am certain that we can make solid progress on this.

    I can most easily be found on the IRC channels on FreeNode as ClothoMoirai. As a director I will welcome communication. Through my activism in recent years as a member of the LGBT community in North Carolina I came to value such communication, even with people with whom I may disagree.


  • 06 Jun 2017 9:03 AM | Anonymous member

    To Whom It May Concern,

    Greetings - I am Andree Jacobson; currently CIO for the New Mexico
    Consortium (a non-profit in Los Alamos, NM). I also run a small consulting
    company that assists other local companies with systems design,
    implementation, and training on computer systems. However, even outside the
    professional world, I am a long time computer systems and networking
    administrator. I’ve practically been on any system I could get my hands on
    since before I started school, started small - but now it’s the very large
    systems that tickle my mind. The point I’m trying to get across here, is
    that I’m passionate about computers - one of man’s greatest technology
    creations. I find it fascinating to see how we keep coming up with new
    uses, how the field of Computer Science is still growing and morphing
    rapidly, and we’re right here in the middle of it! It shows no sign of
    slowing down either. I am however also baffled with the lackluster of
    education and prestige for the field of Systems Administration. Ever since
    the early days of computation it seems that the people who know how to
    operate these systems always take a secondary role, yet the world’s whole
    infrastructures rests in the hands of a handful of very talented
    individuals who are often ignored. I’m running for the board of LOPSA
    because I believe in the organization’s mission, and I would be proud the
    have the opportunity to represent this particular group of people.*

    Andree Jacobson

  • 06 Jun 2017 9:00 AM | Anonymous member


    I have been an active and enthusiastic member of LOPSA East Tennessee
    since 2013.  Participating in my local LOPSA chapter has been very valuable
    to me personally, and I want to help others find that same value.

    My experience in system administration is long and varied.  I did not
    realize system administration was even a career when I started as a "lab
    assistant" in college.  After a brief detour as a programmer, I returned to
    jack-of-all-trades system administration at the beginning of the .com
    bubble.  When that wild ride came to a spectacular end, I started working
    at a Fortune 1000 as a network administrator.  I transitioned into
    converged networking, storage, VMWare virtualization, and finally back to
    server administration and AWS cloud infrastructure.  Two years ago, I
    transitioned my career into management with a team of eight cloud
    engineers.

    LOPSA has been a wonderful thing for me to be a part of.  I have made
    professional contacts and personal friends through the organization.  I
    have learned new things from fellow presenters, and have learned public
    speaking by giving my own presentations.  Once moving into management, I
    have even been able to hire fellow LOPSA attendees.

    In short, I value LOPSA, and I want to do my part to help this
    organization.  As a Board member, I will first and foremost help support
    and promote local chapters.  The many-to-many personal networking provided
    by these groups is invaluable for those willing to take advantage of it.  I
    also hope that my wide-ranging background will help me keep LOPSA a big
    tent, with an eye towards people in other careers than just Windows and
    Linux server administration.

    Andy Cowell
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/andy-cowell-29865b8/

  • 06 Jun 2017 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    I have management and leadership experience. I started in tech support and worked my way up to Director of Operations. I now run a training company that trains sysadmins, DevOps engineers, and adjacent professions. I've also run the Los Angeles chapter of LOPSA ( https://www.meetup.com/lopsala/ ) since Sep 28, 2012 and we're now up to 374 members.

    I've been attending USENIX conferences since my sysadmin career started in 1996 and I've been a member of LOPSA over 10 years. USENIX, SAGE and LOPSA are key ingredients in my professional success. I got into professional training through LOPSA: Lois B. Bennett tapped me to teach CFEngine at LOPSA University at Ohio Linux Fest in 2010. After this, in 2011, Mark Burgess asked me to cover his CFEngine class at USENIX ATC. Since then, I've been all over North America teaching hundreds of sysadmins at conferences and in corporate on-site classes.

    I believe sysadmins are valuable because they do what it takes to keep the show on the road. Ours is an increasingly computerized civilization and Operations Engineers keep it going to no small extent.

    I enjoy mentoring and apprenticing system administrators. LOPSA recognized this and awarded me Mentor of the Year in 2011.

    I enjoy the sysadmin community so when the Leadership Committee came calling this year I knew I couldn't say "no, I'm busy" again. Yes, I'm busy, but LOPSA is an important part of my life. I must do more to support it.

    Aleksey Tsalolikhin

  • 16 May 2017 8:55 PM | Warner Moore (Administrator)

    The Leadership Committee is changing the timeline to allow more time to prepare the candidate slate and LOPSA Live sessions.

    This allows a little more time for candidate nominations! If you'd like to nominate yourself or another member, please e-mail the Leadership Committee. The revised schedule is below:


    June 9 - Final candidate slate and election open

    June 30 - Close election


    We'll send additional communications once LOPSA Live sessions are scheduled.

  • 19 Apr 2017 1:29 PM | Warner Moore (Administrator)

    Your Leadership Committee has been working diligently behind the scenes to get you a strong candidate slate for the 2017 election! Your participation is key to us having a strong organization -- please plan to take part in the election. Here's our election timeline:

    May 15 - Final slate and candidate statements

    May 18 - LOPSA Live

    May 31 - LOPSA Live

    June 1 - Open election (Election can't open later than June 9)

    June 23 - Close election (June 30 at the latest)


  • 16 Jan 2017 7:43 PM | Ski Kacoroski

    I was notified by John's son that he passed away on Jan 14th.  John was not only a very active member of LOPSA, its board, and the system admin community, but he was also an incredible friend and a mentor to me. John was always optimistic, kind, considerate, and willing to help anyone who asked.

    John passed on his knowledge via his stories of working both as a system admin and in his previous career as a machinist and by posting at http://blogs.lopsa.org.  He was a typical system admin of his era with no formal training, just a fascination of computers and a talent for troubleshooting their problems.  He was as master at making systems work long past their EOL date as evidenced by his work on keeping SCO systems running at his job.

    Even though John had health issues, I was constantly amazed how he never let them slow him down.  At the age most of us would be happy to retire he was still on the board, actively coaching football, and working. Many of you saw him at LISA in Boston.  A few days after the conference he had open heart surgery to replace a blocked artery.  I talked with John last week and he was so happy as he had more energy than he had in years and was looking forward to attending more conferences and keeping his "little hacker" of a granddaughter out of trouble.

    John, I miss you very much.  Peace be with you.

    Ski 

  • 18 Jul 2016 8:59 AM | Anonymous

    The elections for the 2016 LOPSA Board of Directors have concluded. The winners are George Beech, Brian Globerman, Scott Suehle, Thomas Uphill, and Steven VanDevender.

    Big thanks to the Leadership Committee team and the candidates for their time. Without them, we would not have had an election.

  • 09 Jun 2016 5:34 PM | Warner Moore (Administrator)

    The Leadership Committee is pleased to announce that they have opened the 2016 LOPSA board member elections.

    Before voting, please take a moment to review the first and second LOPSALive sessions, where the candidates answered LOPSA member questions. Finally, review all the candidate statements.

    Vote before the LC closes the polls on June 23 at 12:00AM Eastern.

  • 26 May 2016 8:12 PM | Andy Cowell (Administrator)

    Here is the chat log from tonight's LOPSA Live session.  Thank you to our moderator, our candidates, and our attendees!

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