Submitted by Dale on September 20, 2006 - 5:02pm
Among the many ISO standards there's a set focused on security and governance, with ISO17799 being the big one. Wikipedia's article is here: ISO/IEC 17799. Just received notice that a local security user group is being formed for security knowledge sharing of the ISO kind.
Full announcement follows.
Submitted by Dale on August 11, 2006 - 5:22am
Submitted by Dale on August 5, 2006 - 1:40pm
It's the Vancouver Python Workshop 2006! Friday night opening keynotes with Python creator Guido van Rossum and IronPython/Jython creator Jim Hugunin were held at the SFU Downtown campus.
Van Rossum's keynote was an overview of Python 3000, a.k.a. Python 3.0. Python 3000 is a major departure from previous major versions because it breaks backward compatibility. Van Rossum explained there are many things he's wanted to clean up but couldn't because Python 2 worked hard, bugs aside, not to introduce incompatibilities. While not wanting to alienate the community because of core changes he wanted to fix design bugs introduced early on in the project. Python 3000 is all about fixing problems and will not incorporate a lot of new features. Design decisions are based on the best choice going forward, not compatibility.
Submitted by Dale on August 3, 2006 - 5:52pm
The follow notes are part 2 of 3 from Narayanan 'Shiva' Shivakumar's presentation at the July 27th VanHPC meeting. These notes cover Shivakumar's discussion of the Google software infrastructure.
Submitted by Dale on July 31, 2006 - 7:11pm
Friends and I attended the Illuminares Lantern Procession this weekend. It's a yearly event put on by the Public Dreams Society.
The creativity on display on display is amazing and a lot of fun! A flash is not an option for capturing the lanterns and the low light makes photography a challenge. Obvious from my picture of the mushroom lanterns is the need for a monopod to steady my shots (though it would look ridicules attached to my tiny digital camera)!
I often wonder if it's possible to capture this kind of magic and fun in your typical technical day job. I've achieved it for short periods a handful of times. It's not often enough.
I'm currently having lots of technical fun outside the day job playing with Drupal. So far my results haven't been as beautiful or creative as the lanterns on Saturday. Everyone needs a goal!
Submitted by Dale on July 30, 2006 - 3:15am
The following notes are part 1 of 3 from Narayanan 'Shiva' Shivakumar's presentation at the July 27th VanHPC meeting. These notes cover Shivakumar's discussion of the Google hardware infrastructure.
Submitted by Dale on July 29, 2006 - 7:26am
Last Thursday (July 27th) I attended the VanHPC meeting with speaker Narayanan 'Shiva' Shivakumar, founding director of Google's Seattle-Kirkland R&D Center. He's a very good speaker with a wry sense of humour and was extremely generous about answering questions. His talk, while interesting, didn't have quite the depth I had hoped for.
Submitted by Dale on July 22, 2006 - 10:27pm
During a desktop file cleanup I (re)discovered my notes from this year's Northern Voice conference. Well, technically it was the Friday Moose Camp which preceded Northern Voice proper.
The following notes are from the Leadership Hacks session lead by David Sifry, a self described "serial entrepreneur", founder of Technorati, cofounder of Sputnik, and cofounder of Linuxcare.
Submitted by Dale on July 19, 2006 - 2:26am
The Vancouver High Performance Computing group have scored Narayanan 'Shiva' Shivakumar, the founding director of Google's Seattle-Kirkland R&D center, to speak at their July 27th meeting:
Submitted by Dale on July 18, 2006 - 3:11am
The next meeting of the the Vancouver Ruby Association is a mini-workshop on Getting Started with Rails:
From generating your first app, understanding the directory structure, to using migrations, customizing the routes, creating a few database tables, using the has_many:through concept, plus more - depending on the level of experience everyone has with Rails that comes.
It's Wednesday, July 26th from 6:30pm to 9pm at the UBC main campus.
Full announcement at http://vanruby.com