February LOPSAgram: Register for Cascadia IT Conference NOW for Early Bird

14 Feb 2017 1:36 PM | Anonymous

1. Cascadia IT conference 2017: Register NOW for Early Bird

2. Mentorship Program Needs Redesign With Your Help

3. LOPSA-East Cancellation

4. Free T-Shirt from Sponsor Datadog

5. Locals

6. Thanks to our Sponsors & Lifetime Members

7. Comments or suggestions?

February 2017 LOPSAgram

1. Cascadia IT Conference 2017: Register NOW for Early Bird

Cascadia IT Conference registration is open.. and the Early Bird discount ends February 15! So register NOW while you're thinking about it. Many of you will be able to simply expense it, as the conference is so affordable. But you might still need to have a conversation with your boss. If so, here are some highlights to bring up:
  1. Price/value - most other conferences cost much more, and at Cascadia, you can hear speakers who give Training/Talks at much larger more expensive conferences. Give a summary of your expected expenses - no hotel or flight if you're local!
  2. Look at the schedule, and list key Training & Talks that apply directly to your work and will produce immediate and longer term results: https://www.casitconf.org/casitconf17/schedule/
  3. Connections with local IT experts means they indirectly support from a more diverse group
  4. Friday and Saturday - only one day away from the office, and one day of personal time.
  5. Promise to give a post-conference report to other technical staff - particularly developers to facilitate DevOps. Perhaps even suggest that a developer attend?

Register by February 15 to get the Early Bird discount, though of course the conference is still a bargain at full price:


2. Mentorship Program Chair Needed

The mentorship program is one of our most exciting and successful programs. Over the years it has brought many new (often student) members to LOPSA for this program alone, and has provided us all with valuable teaching, learning and technical experience.

We are currently looking for someone to chair the mentorship committee. If anyone is very passionate about helping other system administrators, and wants to help us get the Mentorship program back up and running please contact volunteers@lopsa.org

3. LOPSA-East Cancellation

The LOPSA-NJ Local is going to focus on growth for 2017, and postpone the large effort of hosting a conference to another year. LOPSA will focus on another Cascadia IT Conference, and supporting locals around the country.

4. Free T-Shirt from Sponsor Datadog

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5. Locals

SASAG: Seattle Area System Administrators Guild

SASAG's big event this month is the Cascadia IT Conference. Register now!


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 Meetup.com or the email list:  members@lists.sasag.org

LOPSA-LA / UUASC: Los Angeles

  • Next Meeting: Shell Basics: Under the Hood II

  • Tuesday, February 21

    7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • 4th Floor
    Burbank, CA
  • Coding Dojo

    175 E Olive Ave 
    4th Floor
    Burbank, CA (map)

  • Consulting sysadmin Mike Weilgart returns to LOPSA LA with a presentation on UNIX/Linux Shell Basics.


    We've all heard of the shell, and we've all used it at least a little bit. But what IS a shell, really? What makes shell scripting fundamentally different from any other programming language? What really happens when you type a command into your shell--and how does this relate to the mistake found in over 50% of Production shell scripts? Attend this talk, demystify the shell and learn to use it right!

LOPSA-NJ: New Jersey

LOPSA-NJ needs speakers. Contact the organizers through Meetup:


6. Thanks to our Sponsors & Lifetime Members

Thanks to our Lifetime Members: Benjamin Carrell, Philip Kizer, Greg Rose, Todd Taft, Jennine Townsend

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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7. 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 

Office: +1 (202) 567-7201, Fax: 609-219-6787, Address: PO Box 5161, Trenton, NJ 08638-0161

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