Two SysAdmin Appreciation Day Events (now with West Coast action!)

Today is June 30, 2010. In one month, it’s going to be System Administrator Appreciation Day, and I’m going to be hanging out in a bar in midtown swapping war stories with a bunch of you all! How great is that?

It’s sort of unfortunate, though, that not everyone can come. I mean, the population of the US is, right now, around 312 million people. Only 19 million of those are in the NYC metro area, leaving a great many people far away from our little shindig. That’s a shame.

To light a beacon in the darkness, OpenDNS (yes, the same people I talked about yesterday who put on the SysAdmin of the Year competition) are throwing their own party in San Francisco for the Bay Area folks! They’re having their event on the 28th of July rather than the 30th, but I’m sure it’s going to be a blast! You could, theoretically, come to both if you had tons of free airfare miles (and were a glutton for punishment), but I won’t be offended if you miss mine to go to theirs ;-)

Their event and ours does help, but a huge swath of the country is still out of luck, not least of all everyone who doesn’t live in the USA! What to do? Well, as much as I’d love to come visit you everywhere and arrange parties all the time (actually, is that a real job? Is there some way to swing that sort of gig?), it is up to YOU! You organize SysAdmin Day gatherings and I’ll let people know about them! I’ll even put them on a map for people to look at. A map, people. You don’t get this kind of service from everyone, you know!

Go forth and prepare to celebrate!

Introducing the LISA10 Blogging Team!

I’ve mentioned a few times (cause I’m just so gosh darned happy about it) that I’m the team lead at this year’s LISA Conference. Well, We’ve got the team chosen, and it consists of myself, Matthew Sacks (the blog team founder), Marius Ducea, and Ben Cotton! I’m certain that we’re going to synergize our collective energies and leverage a paradigm shift across engaged cross-functional federated clouds while proactively…wait, what was I saying? Oh, right, the blog team. It’s going to rock.

Check out the full announcement on the USENIX Blog!

Last day for OpenDNS SysAdmin of the Year Contest

This is just a reminder that today is the last day for the SysAdmin of the Year contest from OpenDNS.

I described all of the categories in an earlier entry, and I’ve gotten word from Laura at OpenDNS that the “Flying Solo” has been really competitive! That’s great to hear. Small infrastructure sysadmins represent! Don’t let that fact stop you from entering, either!

To nominate someone (even yourself), all you need to do is shoot an email to awards -at- with the title of the award in the subject line, and some info about the nominee in the body of the email. That’s it!

Enter today, and claim your stake to immortality!