Jun 20, 2008 GMTSysters recently announced the 2008 Anita Borg Systers Pass It On Grant recipients on their website. Applications are now being accepted for the next round of recipients. According to their site: The Anita Borg Systers Pass-It-On Grants honor Anita Borg’s desire to create a network of technical women helping one another. The grants, funded by donations from the Systers Online Community, are intended as means for women established in technological fields to support women seeking their place in the fields of technology. The grants are called “Pass-It-On” grants because they come with the moral obligation to “pass on” the benefits gained from the grant. Application information...
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Jun 20, 2008 GMTLugRadio Live UK is next month. I made it to the LugRadio Live USA event and give it two enthusiastic thumbs up. In fact, I'd give it more thumbs up, if I had more thumbs. Here's info on the upcoming UK event: LugRadio Live UK 2008 The Lighthouse Media Center, Fryer St., Wolverhampton, WV1 1HT LugRadio Live UK 2008 takes place in Wolverhampton on July 19th and 20th and features three stages full of 25+ speakers, including Chris DiBona (Google), Max Spevack (Red Hat), Steve Lamb (Microsoft), Robert Collins (Canonical), Benjamin Otte (GNOME), Rob McQueen (Collabora), Edward Hervey (Collabora Multimedia), James Hooker, Kevin Sandom, Barbie (MessageLabs), Daniel James, Emma Jane...
Jun 19, 2008 GMTJuliet Kemp wrote a review of openSUSE 11.0 for our August issue, which hits US newsstands in mid-July. If you can't stand the wait, read it now online.
Jun 18, 2008 GMTGoogle is sponsoring more than 50 scholarships for women to attend this year's Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference. The deadline to submit an application is June 22, so don't procrastinate.
Jun 18, 2008 GMTThe USA Today site posted an interesting article, called "'Geek Girl' helps keep Mozilla safe in scary times," about Window Snyder, Mozilla's 'chief security something-or-other'. I see a lot about women in technology needing more mentors, so I was happy to see that Window's dear ol' mom taught her to program Basic when she was only five.
Jun 18, 2008 GMTToday, maddog blogged that Linus Torvalds and Bob Metcalfe will be inducted into the Computer History Museum's Hall of Fellows this October. The museum, located in Mountain View, California, has an impressive list of exhibits, including a collection of computer marketing brochures, early computers and vintage PCs, and the Babbage Engine. Maddog sent me some exciting news for women in computing, too: Jean Bartik also will be indoctrinated as a new fellow. Jean Bartik, an ENIAC programmer, already enjoys a spot in the WITI Hall of Fame. According to the WITI site: The first programmers started out as "Computers." This was the name given by the Army to a group of over 80 women...
Jun 17, 2008 GMTOur magazine offices are only about a block away from the Lawrence Journal-World and The World Company headquarters in Lawrence, Kansas. This morning, as I sipped my coffee and scanned the local paper's website, I noticed an article about the Django Software Foundation. The Django homepage describes it as "... a high-level Python Web framework that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design." The Lawrence Journal-World article says, "Django, started nearly five years ago by programmers affiliated with The World Company, now joins a lineup of pervasive computer languages and systems — including Mozilla, Apache and Linux — to be overseen by a nonprofit...
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