September 2016 LOPSAgram - Changes for LOPSA

15 Sep 2016 9:56 AM | Anonymous

1. President's Corner - Changes for LOPSA

2. Call for Nominations for Yerkes Award

3. Free LOPSA T-Shirt

4. USENIX LISA 2016 Discount

5. Cascadia IT Conference 2017 Call for Participation Open

6. Ohio LinuxFest & DevOps Days

7. Locals

8. Thank you to our sponsors

9. Comments or suggestions?

September 2016 LOPSAgram: Welcome New Board
1. President's Corner: Changes for LOPSA

This is my last President's Corner as George is taking over the leadership of LOPSA.  While a lot has been accomplished in the last year, I feel that I no longer have the energy that LOPSA needs in its President to move forward. George has this energy and along with the board, some great ideas on how to make LOPSA a better organization for system admins.

I have enjoyed my 7 years on the board - talking with people about system administration, mentoring folks, and seeing how LOPSA can make a difference in people's lives.  One experience that will always stay with me was talking to a LOPSA member who volunteered at the SCALE booth one year.  He told me how LOPSA's mentorship program was why he got his first system admin job and how thankful he was that LOPSA existed.  This is what LOPSA means to me - making a difference in people's lives.

I am going to spend the next year focusing on documenting LOPSA's internal processes; cleaning up our board wiki, google doc space, and policies; and helping George as he takes over as President.  I also hope to see a few of you at conferences, volunteering for LOPSA, and giving the board ideas on how to make LOPSA your organization.



2.Call for Nominations for Yerkes Award

The Chuck Yerkes Award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding individual contributions in online forums over the past year. It was created after Chuck Yerkes' untimely death in 2004 to memorialize the mentorship he provided countless system administrators through his helpful and accurate posts to system administration mailing lists. Each year, an awards committee selects someone who followed Chuck's example in the prior year in their contributions to system administration online forums—whether mailing lists, web forums, or chat rooms. From 2005–2008, the USENIX Association presented this award. Beginning in 2009, the Chuck Yerkes Award is presented by LOPSA.

Help us find individuals deserving of this award by sending your submissions to:

Please share the name, nick/handle and the forum(s) in which the individual has made their contributions.

3. Free LOPSA T-Shirt With Referral or Renewal

We've got a stockpile of great LOPSA t-shirts with our logo and name on the front and mission statement on the back. Would you like one of these classics? For a limited time, renew your LOPSA membership OR refer a new member to LOPSA and we'll send you one for free. Refer a few friends and you could get multiple colors!

Referrals are a great way to build up our membership base and we'd like to encourage it with this limited time offer. Have your fellow sysadmin use your name in the registration field "How did you hear about LOPSA?"

The free t-shirt offer starts today, September 15 and expires October 31, 2016.

4. USENIX LISA 2016 Discount

Thinking of attending USENIX LISA16? LOPSA members qualify for a $45 registration discount.  Get the discount code from (member login required) and enter it into the LISA16 registration form to receive the discount.

When you're at LISA16, look for the LOPSA table near the registration area on Tuesday and in the LISA16 Expo on Wednesday and Thursday.

5. Cascadia IT Conference 2017 Call for Participation Open

LOPSA Cascadia IT Conference 2017 Call for Participation is open. We invite you to present a talk or Training at the 2017 LOPSA Cascadia IT Conference in Seattle

LOPSA Cascadia is gathering of professionals from the diverse IT community in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. We gather to learn from each other, share ideas and meet new friends and peers. Whether you are paid to work with computers or just like to experiment with technology, your time is well spent at LOPSA Cascadia.

To find out more read the full call for participation:

Then submit your talk or Tutorial:

6. Ohio LinuxFest and Ohio DevOps Days

Ohio LinuxFest is one of the largest Open Source conferences in the country and will be hosting its fourteenth event with the theme of innovation and entrepreneurship with Open Source. Ethan Gladsted the founder and creator of Nagios will be keynoting. OLF will also have professional training covering subjects like penetration testing, Ansible, OpenStack, and time management for System Administrators. The event will be on October 7 and 8!

Register at

Be sure and stop by the LOPSA booth when you're there.

The second DevOps Days Ohio will be on October 31 and November 1 covering the broad subject area of DevOps culture and practices. Topics will include automation, soft skills, and the practices driving innovation in System Administrator. More information is available at:

7. Locals

SASAG: Seattle Area System Administrators Guild

In September we had an 'expert office hours' for members. The topic for October will be announced on the website & meetup:
Dinner will be sponsored by Silicon Mechanics.

LOPSA Columbus

LOPSA Columbus missed an update last month but we certainly didn't slow down. We were up to our usual annual antics and threw a Sysadmin Day party with DevOps Columbus and the Central Ohio Linux User Group. Outside of T-shirts and Sysadmin swag from LOPSA, Chef generously stepped up and covered the bill for food and drink. We had over 50 RSVPs! Following, there was an after party that CoverMyMeds picked up the tab for. Sad you missed out on the fun? It's not quite Sysadmin Day but we are having an epic celebration, as it's our fifth year anniversary! Join us at Land Grant and RSVP here:
Big thanks to TekSystems for sponsoring us again this year, they're picking up the tab.

LOPSA-LA / UUASC: Los Angeles

Keep up with the LOPSA community through

LOPSA-NJ: New Jersey

LOPSA-NJ is planning for their October Meeting. We are looking for Speakers for October and future meetings. If you are interested please send an email with your talk description to

8. Thank You To Our Sponsors

We'd like to thank our sponsors. We're deeply grateful for their continuing support of LOPSA. More information on how to become a sponsor.

Thanks to our individual sponsors:

Platinum: Jennine Townsend, Dan Rich
Gold: Ski Kacoroski
Silver: Matt Disney, Lee Damon, Scott Murphy, Ian Viemeister
Bronze: Gary Studwell

Gold Sponsor Paessler AG

Bronze Sponsor Edgestream Partners is a small group of scientists and engineers with a unique approach to trading in the financial markets. Our company designs, builds and runs a global trading software platform. We take pride in our software craftsmanship and use Python, Cython and C on Linux to run our global trading operations. We also use open-source tools as much as possible - Python, PostgreSQL, numpy, git, Cobbler, Puppet and Ansible are all crucial to our business.

Bronze Sponsor O'Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, and conferences. Since 1978, O'Reilly Media has been a chronicler and catalyst of cutting-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and spurring their adoption by amplifying "faint signals" from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism. Check them out.

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9. Comments or suggestions?

As we close out this month's LOPSAgram, we want to make sure we're giving you the information you want or need. If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to send them to

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