Posts Tagged ‘Usenix’


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.


Last Day for Sysadmin Nominations

October 23, 2009
This Is The Last Day to Get Nominated (Or Nominate Yourself) Photo Credit: Sister72

This Is The Last Day to Get Nominated (Or Nominate Yourself) Photo Credit: Sister72

Lotsa money at stake. Lotsa prizes at stake. Lotsa industry cred and career-advancement mojo at stake. If you’ve not yet been nominated (you would know), send this link and make it happen. You can also nominate yourself. Contest is sponsored by LOPSA, Usenix/Sage and BigFix. Award gala is Nov. 4 at the LISA conference in Baltimore.



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.