As I have announced on various venues, I am attending the Cascadia IT Conference 2012 held in Seattle, WA on March 23 and 24.
I’ve decided on the following track for myself:
- 23 Morning – Time Management for System Administrators (Tom Limoncelli)
- 23 Afternoon – The Limoncelli Test (Tom Limoncelli)
- 24 Morning – Keynote (Stoneware) and Ganeti (Tom Limoncelli)
- 24 Afternoon – Automating System Administration with CfEngine 3 (Aleksey Tsalolikhin) and Data Like Water (Paul Sanford)
In deciding on my schedule, my priorities were The Limoncelli Test and Automating System Administration with CfEngine 3, I built everything else around that. These were priorities as I am currently pursuing significant interest in cfengine and I believe I will be able to take something useful back to work from The Limoncelli Test right away. In retrospect, perhaps I could have selected Customer Service (Don Crawley) over Time Management for System Administrators as I have read the book but alas never applied it fully (only selectively). Either appears highly useful and engaging.
As primarily a Linux sysadmin, I was rather interested in Root Cause Analysis (Stuart Kendrick), Sysadmin Basics: Power editing with vi (Aleksey Tsalolikhin), Central Logging (Leon Towns-von Stauber), Advanced Topics in Puppet (Garrett Honeycutt) and IPv6 (Owen Delong) but one just can’t attend everything and I made the hard choices. Ganeti just happened to fit in well.
While not immediately eye-catching, perhaps Power Shell Fundamentals (Steven Murawski) would have been a good choice as I will soon be dealing with more Windows. Yet another thing I know I’m bad at but isn’t immediately important is my resume. Perhaps Technical Resume Writing (Nadine Miller) would have been a good idea? And though I’m not a networking guy, I could stand to use wireshark more effectively thus Deep Packet Inspection using Wireshark Using Open Source Tools to Troubleshoot your Network (Mike Pennacchi). While not directly applicable to my job, How to make Wireless Work in a Conference Setting (David Lang) does sound intellectually interesting. Physics!
I look forward to meeting and engaging with my fellow LOPSA members, hopefully over some amazing PNW beer! I’m not usually the first to strike up conversations with unfamiliar faces but this is such a grand opportunity to make an effort and be rewarded.
Bring it on!