November 2016: All about USENIX LISA 2016

15 Nov 2016 12:54 PM | Anonymous

1. Cascadia IT Conference 2017 CfP and Call for Sponsors

2. Monitor Your Stack With DataDog

3. USENIX LISA 2016 Registration Discount

4. USENIX LISA 2016 LOPSA Booth Help

5. LOPSA Members Speak at USENIX LISA 2016

6. LOPSA After Dark Party at USENIX LISA 2016

7. LOPSA Annual Meeting Raffle Back Again This Year

8. LOPSA Membership Renewal or Registration Discount During LISA

9. Thanks to Tech Team for Dreamhost Migration Project

10. Locals

11. Thanks to our Sponsors & Lifetime Members

12. Comments or suggestions?

1. Cascadia IT Conference 2017 CfP and Call for Sponsors

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:

We also need sponsors - and the best sponsors are your vendors. Ask your vendor to sponsor Cascadia IT Conference, and cc:

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3. USENIX LISA 2016 Registration Discount

Planning on 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.

4. USENIX LISA 2016 LOPSA Booth Help

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:

5. LOPSA members speak at USENIX LISA 2016

Many LOPSA members will be speaking at LISA. Here is a schedule to help you catch their presentations:

Branson Matheson - LISA Build Coordinator

Lee Damon - Workshops Chair

Wednesday, 9:00 am-9:15 am, Opening Remarks, Matt Simmons, SpaceX

Wednesday, 11:00 am–12:30 pm, Mini Tutorial I, Git Crash Course, Thomas Uphill, Wells Fargo

Wednesday, 2:00 pm–2:45 pm, Talks II, Capturing All of Stack Overflow's Logs, George Beech, Stack Overflow

Wednesday, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm, Mini Tutorial I, S, M, and L Logstash Architectures: The Foundations, Jamie Riedesel, HelloSign

Wednesday, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm, Mini Tutorial II, Quick Start to Pacemaker HA, Mike Diehn

Wednesday, 2:00 pm–5:30 pm, LISA Lab, Core Skills: Scripting for Automation, Mike Ciavarella, Coffee Bean Software Pty Ltd

Wednesday, 4:00 pm–5:30 pm, Mini Tutorial I, S, M, and L Logstash Architectures: Reaching For the Sky, Jamie Riedesel, HelloSign

Thursday, 2:00 pm–2:45 pm, Talks I, Stealing the Best Ideas from DevOps: A Guide for Sysadmins without Developers, Thomas Limoncelli,, and Christina Hogan, Independent Consultant

Thursday, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm, Mini Tutorial II, The 90-Minute Cassandra DBA, Chris McEniry, Sony Interactive Entertainment

Thursday, 4:45 pm–5:30 pm, Talks III, From BOFH to Just Another Person in the Standup, Surviving the Move to DevOps, Jamie Riedesel, HelloSign

Friday, 11:00 am–11:45 am, Talks I, Lost Treasures of the Ancient World, David Blank-Edelman, Apcera

6. LOPSA After Dark Party at USENIX LISA 2016

LOPSA will be holding its Annual After Dark party on Thursday at 9:30pm.  The party is sponsored by Silicon Mechanics who will be holding a special raffle at the party.  Stop
by the LOPSA table to enter into this raffle and find out where the party will be held.

7. LOPSA Annual Meeting Raffle Back Again This Year

Thanks very much to these vendors who support LOPSA and its mission, we will be having another great raffle after the Annual Meeting on Thursday night.  The vendors who have
already donated gifts are:
Stop by the LOPSA table to see what the gifts are and attend our Annual meeting on Thursday at 8:30pm to be entered into the raffle.

8. LOPSA Membership Renewal or Registration Discount

We'd love to renew your membership in person at the LOPSA booth at LISA 2016 - so much that we're offering a great discount - renewal or new memberships will cost only $35 at the LOPSA booth during LISA.

Be sure and bring over non-members to take advantage of this great deal and get to meet us face to face.

We want your feedback, and in person at LISA is our best opportunity to get it - only once per year!

If you can't make it to LISA, we're still offering you a discount - $40 renewal or registration during the week of LISA.

In person or otherwise, we're also extending our offer of a free t-shirt as well.

9. Thanks to Tech Team for DreamHost Migration Project

Many thanks so much to our tech team, particularly Dan Rich for migrating our various websites and content from our old host ServerBeach to our new provider DreamHost. Much work over many months were required, and now we're running current versions of software and saving money on hosting. Thanks!

10. Locals

SASAG: Seattle Area System Administrators Guild

SASAG needs speakers. If you are interested in speaking, or have a vendor contact that can give a good technical presentation (no marketing please), contact the organizers through or the email

SASAG needs a regular place to meet. We've had generous hosts over the years, but now we need a new location. Ideally:

  • Downtown, or easy access from downtown and transit
  • Available nearby parking on a weeknight at ~6:30pm
  • Free!
  • Projector and meeting room for up to ~30 people

On November 10 Lee Damon spoke on "A Rough Intro to ZFS." In December we'll have our LISA Wrapup and Holiday Party at the offices of Qumulo.

Dinner will be sponsored by Silicon Mechanics.

Many thanks to our SASAG members Lee Whalen, Lee Damon, Carl Riches, Thomas Uphill and Brian Globermann for staffing our LOPSA booth at the Seattle Linuxfest SeaGL on Friday and Saturday.

LOPSA-LA / UUASC: Los Angeles

SoCalCodeCamp will feature LOPSA-LA's "Build a Cloud Workshop" on Saturday, Nov. 12th at USC  Thanks to our presenter the dynamic expert Brian Bennett of Joyent.

LOPSA-LA's "Data Science made Easy with Hadoop" meetup on October 18th at IBM had thirty attendees. Kudos to Thomas Liakos for organizing and presenting!

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

11. Thank You To Our Sponsors & Lifetime Members

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 Lifetime Members: Benjamin Carrell, Philip Kizer, Greg Rose, Todd Taft

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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12. Comments or suggestions?

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