There is a new event taking place in Santa Clara, CA on June 10-12, 2013 called the Storage Plumbing and Data Engineering Conference aka SPDEcon. This conference will take place over 3 days and will offer a vendor-neutral learning experience that is targeted for “hardcore” storage development and data engineering experts whose positions may involve configuring, integrating, and supporting storage and data management solutions. Please visit SPEDcon agenda to find sessions that interest you,
Hello fellow SA's!
For those of you out there who aren't as familiar with IRC as some of your colleagues are, or are just not up to speed on using IRC, I figured I'd post some quick, simple instructions on how to join us for the upcoming LOPSA-Live board candidate sessions this Thursday (5/9) and the following Thursday (5/16) from 9-10pm EST.
1. Navigate to webchat.freenode.net in your browser of choice.
I appreciate the confidence the membership has shown in my abilities by electing me twice for the LOPSA Board of Directors. I hope they will continue to support my run for a third term.
With nearly 25 years of experience as a systems administrator, network administrator, webmaster and sometimes developer, I feel I have a good grasp on the needs of our community. I formerly also served on the board of another non-profit for nearly 15 years, and I feel I can bring my experience there to the LOPSA Board.
I feel that LOPSA is poised for a time of growth. We are getting more interest from system admins, from companies who cannot find system admins to hire, and from students who are starting to realize that system administration is a good career. I have been focused on improving LOPSA's communications with it members and prospective members by putting out the LOPSAgram on a monthly basis, posting to social media sites about LOPSA events, representing LOPSA at several conferences such as SCALE, LinuxfestNW, LISA, and ACPENW via working the booth and giving talks, mentoring several people at work and via the mentorship program along with co-chairing the Cascadia 2012 IT Conference. I have also been involved in setting up a new 4 year system admin degree at Bellevue College in Bellevue, WA.
There's been a change at LOPSA recently. Less talking, more doing. My name is William Bilancio and I am proud to be part of that change.
The Leadership Committee is pleased to announce dates for this year's #lopsa-Live sessions. There will be two Live sessions: May 9th and May 16th, both Thursdays. Each session will take place from 9-10pm EST, with the Leadership Committee's own Patrick Cable moderating each session. This is a great chance for you to ask questions of the candidates. Please check out http://lopsa.org/irc for information on how to join these events.
For the past several months the LOPSA Board has been researching on-line logoed merchandise providers and is happy to announce that we have selected Land's End. Through our partner storefront you will be able to purchase from a selection of products to proudly show your support of LOPSA.
It is Election time again and this year there are six people running for five seats. I want to speak about the incumbents. This endorsement does not mean any non support for the other candidates but I want to show my support for William, Dan and Ski. The three of them do a lot of work on the board over and above the quoted "5 hour per week" involvement you are told when asked to run for office. I still do not know how they handle their day job as well as the other duties they perform on the board.
One of the wonderful things about the bash shell on *nix systems is that history persists between sessions so you can easily reuse commands. Unfortunately, this is not built into powershell on windows, but you can get close to it by putting this into your profile.ps1 which is read each time you start up powershell.
# Persistent History
The Leadership Committee is pleased to announce the status of the 2013 LOPSA election.
Article 4 of the LOPSA by-laws prescribes a method for self nomination. The announcement on the LOPSA home page this month reads as follows:
"We request that petitions be sent to leadership-chair at lopsa.org no later than April 23 2013."
That deadline has passed. Accordingly the final slate for the LOPSA 2014 Board election is announced:
To read the candidates statements click here.
The Leadership Committee wishes the candidates well and urges them to craft candidate statements.
LOPSA Live events will be held soon, please look for announcements on the LOPSA discuss list as well as the LOPSA home page.
Mario Obejas, on behalf of the Leadership Committee
LOPSA made in onto the TechnologySchools.org top 100 Leading IT Sites to watch in 2013. It looks like there are several other interesting sites in teh list also so please check it out at http://technologyschools.org/information-technology/ (LOPSA is #68).
Posting this on behalf of the LOPSA Leadership Committee:
Normally, the Leadership Committee nominates board candidates for the ballot per LOPSA bylaws Article 4.
Below is the email I sent to the LOPSA Board of Directors yesterday. I want everyone to know I am planning on leaving the board in a few days, and that I will still be involved with LOPSA.
Philip et al.,
I am officially resigning my seat on the LOPSA Board of Directors effective at midnight at the end of March 31, 2013.
My life and other obligations require that I no longer have enough energy and time to devote to my work on the Board. However, I will most certainly remain an active and engaged LOPSA Founding Member working with various programs and committees, as well as continuing my work with LOPSA East Tennessee and my never-ending evangelism about how awesome LOPSA is and can be in the future.
I have worked hard over the last eight years to help make LOPSA great, and I hope to continue that work in other capacities far into the future. Through LOPSA, I have worked with amazing people in many countries who have all worked hard since our formation to make real the existence of a professional association for system administrators, and I know there will be countless more working tirelessly to make LOPSA better every day.
The work for the Board of Directors is never easy, always hard, and constantly rewarding. I thank all of you for your past, present, and future service to this great organization.
The elections are now upon us, and there is, as always, much work to be done. I look forward to the stirring debates and lively discussions of election season.
Please join your board for an hour of announcements, descriptions of board projects, and questions and answers about LOPSA. This is a great opportunity to voice (er write) your opinions to the board. To join go to #lopsa-live on IRC or http://webchat.freenode.net. For more information on how to use IRC please see https://lopsa.org/irc or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The League of Professional System Administrators (LOPSA) is pleased to again announce a $1500 stipend competition to assist in attending the 2013 USENIX Women in Advanced Computing Summit (WiAC'13).WiAC'13 is part of the 2013 USENIX Federated Conferences Week and takes place in San Jose, CA on June 26-27, 2013. More information is at https://www.usenix.org/conference/wiac13 . Just want to pitch in? Contribute here to help fund more and larger stipends: https://lopsa.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=8 The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, May 8, 2013 5:00 PM EDT. Selection will be based on two brief essays (500 words or less each):
Submissions should be sent in PDF, Word, or plaintext via email to email@example.com and should contain the essays and a cover page with your full name, mailing address, phone number, and email address.Eligibility is restricted to women living in the US who are studying or working in a technical field. LOPSA and USENIX elected officials and staff are ineligible.
It’s been a while since I’ve addressed who is a sysadmin. For a quick review, check out my post from 2.5 years ago: