Posts Tagged ‘LISA’


The Wire Prequels… Right Now We’re All Baltimore All The Time

October 31, 2009

With LISA 09 in like a couple of days, we’re all Baltimore all the time. And what’s more Baltimore than The Wire?
Here are are a couple prequels put out by HBO once the show really hit its stride.


Rough-Edged Foodie Anthony Bourdain on Baltimore

October 30, 2009

The man admits it’s not really fair to lump Baltimore, Detroit and Buffalo together into one TV episode. But he does it anyway. Adn the food looks good! Enjoy LISA 09.



End to the Rumors: Ace of Cakes Reveals Theme, Ingredients for Sysadmin Cake

October 29, 2009

Legendary rockers Van Halen famously said NO BROWN M&Ms while touring (see below, from Smoking Gun) and in keeping with the rockstar theme of the Sysadmin of the Year contest, there will be NO BROWN M&Ms at the rock ‘n roll awards gala Nov. 4. Well at least not in the Ace of Cakes cake that …soihadto rocker Duff Goldman is baking for 200 Sysadmins in Baltimore.

Cake details, it has been revealed, are as follows:

  • Flavors:  a symphony of almond, amaretto cream, Caribbean black rum flavor, carrot, and red velvet.
  • Design: to include the 2009 Sysadmin of the Year logo.
  • No: Brown M&Ms

Here’s the logo:

And here’s the Smoking Gun source of one the most impressive rock’n’roll memes ever.


LISA 09 … The Fun Stuff (Like a Field Trip to the National Cryptologic Museum!!)

October 28, 2009

LISA 09, the Large Installation System Administration conference kicks off next week at the Baltimore Marriott. All you need to know is on their website. Wwe thought we’d highlight some of the funner things you can do at LISA. Tomorrow we’ll be writing about great stuff to do (eat, drink, see, etc.) in Baltimore.

Board Game Night: Sunday, November 1, 8:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m., Essex C

Exhibit Hall Happy Hour: Wednesday, November 4, 5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m., Grand Ballroom Salons VI–X. And yes, this IS shameless Self-Promotion Moment.. BigFix is sponsoring this so it will definitely be fun

Post Halloween Dress-Up Conference Reception (officialy called Halloween II) Prizes will be awarded for best costumes—though they are optional.  Thursday, November 5, 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Grand Ballroom Salons VI–X

BigFix: SysAdmin of the Year Award Party. (As in the thing we’ve been writing about on this blog for a few weeks!) Wednesday, November 4, 9:30 p.m.–11:30 p.m., Harborside Ballroom D & E

LISA ’09 Scavenger Hunt. Ripped from the pages of the LISA 09 website is this description: “We’re mixing things up and summoning your inner detectives this year with the new LISA Scavenger Hunt. Inside your registration packet you’ll find a LISA ’09 Scavenger Hunt Card with characteristics of folks who either helped to organize or are participating in LISA ’09. Use your finest sleuthing skills to locate people who fit the bill, take a moment to chat with them, and ask them politely for their signatures. All you need to win are 10 signatures. Once you’ve got your 10, drop by the USENIX Membership Booth to spin the Prize Wheel. Prizes range from T-shirts through key chains to free conference passes and more. Don’t miss out on the fun: Join in the LISA ’09 Scavenger Hunt and spin to win!”

Optional Field Trip to the National Cryptologic Museum (how cool!) Saturday, November 7, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

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Profiling “…soihadto” Sysadmin of the Year Gala Headliners… Plus Tweet to Win a Prize

October 27, 2009

The Sysadmin of the Year awards gala is coming up fast… Nov. 4 in the evening at the Large Installation System Administration (LISA) conference in Baltimore.  BigFix has signed indie rockers “…soihadto” to headline the event. In a minute, we’ll profile the band. But first, if you’re into music here’s a quick chance to win something for helping us promote …soihadto and this blogpost.

Tweet your favorite …soihadto song or fact. Append your tweet with the hashtags #soihadto and #sysadmin and you can be one of three lucky winners of TuneUp, the software that “automagically” cleans up your iTunes. A link to the music is below.

Alright… on to profiling the band.

...soihadto are Rahn, Yungwirth, Duff and Honus

…soihadto fuses indie, punk, hardcore and  soul-funk and they are ALL about live music. It is their core. This is what the band has to say about themselves on MySpace:

If any one thing brought the members of …soihadto… together, it’s the belief that music isn’t simply meant to be listened to, it’s to be experienced. Rahn, Duff, Honus and Yungwirth fuel their performances with a love for the pure, immersive sound of performing live.

You can check out three …soihadto songs (and download free MP3s) at…soihadto And there are some great images from various photographers on Flickr.

Duff Goldman, on bass, is perhaps the most known of the four …soihadtoans. He gets his own Wikipedia entry. He is the star of Food TV’s Ace of Cakes, a reality TV show. They make cakes. In fact, as we wrote yesterday, Duff’ll be making a cake for 200 lucky Sysadmins to devour at the gala. Here’s Duff in a funny promo for the show:

The other  guys are equally awesome. You can tell by their music and their MySpace profiles.

Rahn on guitar. His MySpace profile has this to say: “there’s a big difference between talent and gimmick.” Those are some true and honorable words.

Yungwirth, also on guitar, says “Courage makes a King.”

Honus on the drum kit. He says “Who He?” Seems his profile pic answers the question quite well. He awesome!

If you’re at LISA make sure to check out …soihadto. And remember to Tweet to win your musical prize today.



Sysadmins Can Win Up To $5,000

September 23, 2009

With just a month left for nominations, BigFix is adding a new prize to the 2009 System Administrator of the Year contest – a progressive jackpot up to $5,000. The prize will start at $2,000, with $200 added to the pot for every 10 new nominations. The final prize will be split between the winning sysadmin and his or her nominator. In the case of self nomination, the entire cash prize will be awarded to the sysadmin.

Do you want to nominate yourself or somebody else? Here’s the link.

You could win $5,000

You could win $5,000

This cash prize will be the new Grand Prize, with the runner up receiving a laptop, a conference pass to the 2010 Large Installation System Administrator (LISA) Conference, Guitar Hero 5 and their choice of Wii, xBox, or PS3. The next Top 3 entrants will win Guitar Hero 5 and their choice of Wii, xBox, or PS3.

BigFix proudly sponsors the 2009 System Administrator of the Year contest, which acknowledges the under-recognized rock stars of information technology who are vital to the smooth functioning of business, government and public services.

Sysadmins are the unsung heroes of information technology, keeping computers up and running, defending infrastructures from malware and hacking attacks, and helping end-users maximize their productivity. The contest is also an opportunity for the sysadmin community to share information on best practices and new ways to deliver value to their constituencies.

Judges include:

Nominations are open untilOctober 23, with contest winner and runners up announced on November 4, 2009, at the USENIX Large Installation System Administrator (LISA) Conference at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel.