Fri, 17 Nov 2006

LISA 2006

Approval has been given for me to attend the 2006 LISA conference in Washington D.C. It's in just a few weeks, so I'm busy picking out the classes and tech sessions I want to attend, booking air travel and a hotel room, and generally getting myself ready for my first conference in four years.

LISA is a conference for sysadmins sponsored by USENIX. It's an annual conference that has been going on for the past 20 years and is basically the biggest gathering of sysadmins and related professionals and researchers in the world. My schedule will consist of three days of classes, followed by the conference itself (that is, the technical sessions, invited talks, "guru sessions", BoFs etc.). The keynote address this year is being given by Cory Doctorow of sci-fi, Boing Boing, and EFF fame. That will be a lot of fun.

I'm currently signed up for a number of interesting classes, including Advanced Perl Programming, Documentation Techniques for Sysadmins, The Latest Hacking Tools and Defenses, and Over the Edge System Administration, volume 1 and 2. Following those classes will be a number of tech session on topics ranging from anti-spam techniques to VoIP to legal issues surrounding recent and proposed federal wiretapping legislation as they affect the system administrator.

More will follow...

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