October 2016 LOPSAgram: Get ready for LISA

03 Oct 2016 8:55 AM | Anonymous

1. President's Corner

2. Monitor Your Stack With DataDog

3. USENIX LISA 2016 - Discount & LOPSA Booth Help

4. Call for Nominations for Yerkes Award

5. Free LOPSA T-Shirt (offer ends Oct 31)

6. Cascadia IT Conference 2017 Call for Participation Open

7. Vertical Sysadmin Discounts

7. Locals

9. Thank you to our sponsors

10. Comments or suggestions?

October 2016 LOPSAgram

1. President's Corner:

I would like to first say a giant thank you to Ski for all of his service to the board. I have big shoes to fill and I hope that I can continue to move LOPSA forward. I am looking forward to this challenge and am very happy about the things to come.

The new board is just starting to hit its stride; we are working hard to make sure that LOPSA is ready for the future, and continues to grow and be a great educational

I look forward to seeing LOPSA-East brought back this year, Cascadia-IT continue to be a strong conference and the new and improved mentorship program launched.
As with everything else in a volunteer organization we cannot truly succeed without the help, and support of our membership. And, I am proud to say that we do have a very
engaged, helpful group of people working hard on all of these projects.
That said, we always are in need of more people to help us towards our goals. So, I am going to take a moment and ask our membership for a bit of help. If you have some time
and you would like to help us continue to grow and put on great conference programs, please reach out to the board!

I am very excited about the projects we are starting to work on and look forward to sharing them with everyone in the future.


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3. USENIX LISA 2016 Discount & LOPSA Booth Help

Thinking of attending USENIX LISA16? LOPSA members qualify for a $45 registration discount.  Get the discount code from https://lopsa.org/Member-Discounts (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. You can meet and talk to current members, and help us register new members by volunteering to staff the table. Sign up now:


4. 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.

5. 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 expires October 31, 2016.

6. 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: https://www.casitconf.org/casitconf17/cfp/

Then submit your talk or Tutorial: https://goo.gl/forms/yd7N0xNQPHLqeayh2

7. Vertical Sysadmin Discounts

Vertical Sysadmin, Inc. offers LOPSA members a 10% discount on GitLab Enterprise Edition and a 15% discount for on-site training on Git.  We present the materials such that
real learning occurs.  

"I have got by on minimum understanding of Git for a couple of years now--this really brought up my confidence in using Git. After I learned the Git internals, the esoteric commands really started falling into place."

-- Nicholas Santucci, Monitoring and Performance Engineer

Email Aleksey Tsalolikhin directly for your discount: aleksey@verticalsysadmin.com

8. Locals

SASAG: Seattle Area System Administrators Guild

On October 13 we had Lightning Talks. The topic for November will be announced on the website & meetup:

Dinner will be sponsored by Silicon Mechanics.

LOPSA Columbus

Over 40 folks registered to meet on September 29 to celebrate LOPSA Columbus' fifth anniversary! After a quick presentation going over some of the chapter's history, members shared some of their favorite experiences over the past five years. Big thanks to TekSystems for picking up the tab. Some stats from the past five years...

• 19 meetings since we’ve missed one
• Over 44 meetings
• Four tech crawls, where we toured innovative Columbus tech businesses
• Four data center tours, which ended with a tour of Nationwide's 100 million dollar tier IV data center
• Over nine parties

The next LOPSA Columbus meeting will be about FreeIPA on October 27 at CoverMyMeds. RSVP here: https://lopsacbus201610.eventbrite.com

LOPSA-LA / UUASC: Los Angeles

"Build a Cloud Workshop with Brian Bennett of Joyent" is going to be on Saturday, November 5, 2016 and is going to be spectacular!  (His "Running Containers in Production - No, Really" was a real hit.)  RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/lopsala/events/234896878/

LOPSA-NJ: New Jersey

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

9. 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.

Some of LOPSA's web content is hosted by ServerBeach.

10. 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 communications@lopsa.org

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