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LOPSA-NJ Meeting September 4, 2014 – Radical ideas from The Practice of Cloud Computing

Topic: Radical ideas from The Practice of Cloud Computing
Speaker: Tom Limoncelli
Date: Thursday, September 4, 2014
Time: 7:00pm (social), 7:30pm (discussion)

Pizza and Soda being brought to you by: INetU

If you are planning on coming please RSVP ( so we have a  good count for the pizza and drinks.

Lawrence Headquarters Branch of the Mercer County Library
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, 08648-4132
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Tom will highlight some of the most radical ideas from the new book “The Practice of Cloud Computing”:

  • Some of the most important features in software are the ones that users don’t care about.
  • To build highly-reliable systems, use cheap hardware that breaks a lot.
  • If a server has really good uptime, you should crash it.
  • Most people use load balancers wrong.
  • Cloud computing will eventually be so inexpensive you won’t be able to justify running your own hardware.
  • When developers have a new software release to push into production, sysadmins should never say no.  (They should also never say yes).
  • And much, much more!

Info about the book can be found at

Tom Limoncelli is a member of LOPSA’s NJ Chapter, best know for books like Time Management for System Administrators (O’Reilly) and The Practice
of System and Network Administration (Addison-Wesley). He works in New York City at Stack Exchange, home of and  His new book, The Practice of Cloud Administration is due out in September 2014:

“LOPSA-NJ is an organization for system administrators in New Jersey formed to facilitate information exchange pertaining to the field of system administration. LOPSA-NJ is not affiliated with a particular hardware or software vendor or company. Everyone is invited!”

LOPSA-NJ is looking for people to speak at their monthly meetings from October 2014 to June 2015.

Would you like to speak at LOPSA-NJ? We’d love to have you come and speak! Meeting sizes vary from 15-55 people and are usually held in Lawrence, New Jersey. Each meeting begins with 30 minutes of “social” time, followed by the speaker at 7:30 PM on the first Thursday of the month.

We have had very good success with speakers that were from out of state that happened to be in or near New Jersey and free on the first Thursday night of the month. Keep us in mind if you plan on being in New York City or New Jersey any time soon and could spare an evening to chat with us.

Fill out the Speakers Form to let us know you want to talk at LOPSA-NJ:

We also try to have a speaker available for emergencies when our assigned speaker can’t make it due to unforeseen circumstances so if you  have a talk that you have given before and can fill in on short notice please fill out the above form but let us know if you can be a fill in as well.
Thanks again and I hope your summer is going well.