Vancouver Events

ISO Security User Group Starting Up

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.

Guido van Rossum's Q&A from the Vancouver Python Workshop

Guido van RossumI had a great time at the Vancouver Python Workshop. Kudo's and thanks to the organizers and sponsors.

Guido van Rossum Keynote at Vancouver Python Workshop

Guido Van Rossum PhotoIt'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.

Narayanan Shivakumar on Google's Software Infrastructure

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.


Mushroom Lanterns

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!

Narayanan Shivakumar on Google's Hardware

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.

Narayanan Shivakumar Speaks at VanHPC

Picture of Narayanan Shivakuma

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.

David Sifry Talks Leadership Hacks

Northern Voice LogoDuring 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.

"Google - Behind the Scenes" at VanHPC's July 27 Meeting

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:

Ruby on Rails Workshop on July 26

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


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