Rusty Man - UL

SkyCon :: Speakers and Topics

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Ade Bradshaw - LugRadio

Ade Bradshaw Ade has recently been headhunted and as a result left a role as a Technical Architect at as small ISP to be an International VoIP Specialist for Robert Half International. Up until this point in his career he enjoyed playing with a wide range of technologies and now will be using this knowledge built up, focusing it on Voice over IP. Ade is a network geek, a Fedora person, and very bald indeed. Ade joined LugRadio at the beginning of Season 2 to replace the outgoing Sparkes.
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Alan Cox

Alan Cox Alan Cox is a programmer heavily involved in the development of the Linux kernel since its early days (1991). While employed on the campus of University of Wales, Swansea, he installed a very early version of Linux on one of the machines belonging to the university computer society. This was one of the first Linux installations on a busy network, and revealed many bugs in the networking code. Cox fixed many of these bugs, and went on to rewrite much of the networking subsystem. He then became one of the main developers and maintainers of the whole kernel.
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Blacknight Solutions - Michele Neylon & Paul Kelly

Blacknight Blacknight is a 100% Irish owned, operating from its offices in Carlow, Ireland. They have been trading as Blacknight Internet Solutions ltd for four and a half years. With customers from Ireland, UK, Mainland Europe and the USA, they provide services to "Data Controllers" such as 123 Insurance, ecover Insurance, 3V transactions Services etc. They offer primary hosting services out of the (DEG) Data Electronics Group data centre in Dublin. From this facility they serve in excess of 15,000 websites. Providing dedicated, managed devoted, managed/unmanaged co-location services and shared web hosting to a variety of customers globally on various platforms.
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Bill O'Brien - Microsoft

Microsoft Microsoft is a multi-national computer technology corporation with global annual sales of US$44.28 billion and 71,553 employees in 102 countries and regions as of July 2006 including having its European head office here in Ireland based in Dublin. It develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of software products for computing devices its most popular products are the Microsoft Windows operating system and the Microsoft Office suite of productivity software, each of which has achieved near-ubiquity in the desktop computer market. Microsoft possesses footholds in other markets, with assets such as the MSNBC cable television network, the MSN Internet portal, and the Microsoft Encarta multimedia encyclopaedia. The company also markets both computer hardware products such as the Microsoft mouse as well as home entertainment products such as the Xbox, Xbox 360.
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Caolan McNamara

Caolan McNamara Caolan was born in '76 and is one of the founding members of Skynet. He attended the University of Limerick studying Computer Engineering and was one of the first skynet/ compsoc members. During his years, he wrote several apps, one of his most renowned being: mswordview/libwv a converter/import library for MSWord documents, as used by e.g Abiword. In 2000, he joined Sun Hamburg to work on StarOffice just before was announced, working as a Microsoft Word import/export and related formats engineer. Caolan then transferred to Sun Dublin in 2001, and continued as a StarOffice/ engineer. Most recently he joined Red Hat Inc, in 2004 as Desktop Engineer in charge of and related technologies.
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Ciaran O'Riordan

Ciarain O'Riordan Ciaran O'Riordan is a Brussels-based software rights lobbyist, originally from Ireland. A user of free software, such as GNU/Linux, since 1998, O'Riordan has a background is in writing software. He began focussing on the legislative aspects of software rights in 2003, becoming particularly active in the campaign against software patents in Europe. Since then he has taken up public speaking and expanded his work on EU directives on topics such as copyright, patents, and enforcement of laws which relate wholly or partly to software. He was a founder of Irish Free Software Organisation in January 2004. Continuing his lobbying work, he relocated to Brussels in August 2004. In April 2005, he was hired by Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) to continue his lobbying work full-time. Today, O'Riordan is still a full-time employee of FSFE and as well as his lobbying work, he has become active in raising awareness of the revision process for free software's cornerstone software licence: the GNU General Public License.
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Colm MacCarthaigh - Digital Rights Ireland

Colm MacCarthaigh Now living and working in Leiden, the Netherlands, Dubliner Colm MacCarthaigh is a long-time lobbyist and Open Source Developer. Having helping to found Irish Citizens for Trustworthy E-voting and spending years working on the issue, he is also a director of Digital Rights Ireland and a member of the Apache Software Foundation.

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Corvil Corvil specializes in providing micro-visibility into network micro-congestion events while recommending a set of control actions to take to assure effective application delivery. Corvil delivers micro-visibility solutions with macro-control through a set of services that we call CorvilNet.
CorvilNet services rely on unique Corvil software that provides the breakthrough capability to measure network traffic at the millisecond level and capture micro-congestion events in a scalable and cost-effective way. Corvil's unique analytical skills then transform this data into knowledge and recommendations about how to overcome certain network conditions and events.
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DemonWare DemonWare develops and sells real-time network software and provides hosted lobby services for the computer game industry. Our focus lies in creating middleware and components that reduce the development workloads and risks associated with multiplayer game development.
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Gavin Moore - Oracle

Oracle No Bio.
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Heanet - Rachael Holt & Dave Wilson

Heanet HEAnet is Ireland's National Education and Research Network, providing high quality Internet Services to students and staff in Irish Universities, Institutes of Technology and other educational and research organisations. It provides a high-speed national network with direct connectivity for its community to other networks in Ireland, Europe, the USA and the rest of the world. Established in 1984 by the seven major universities with the support of the Higher Education Authority to promote the interchange of information electronically within third level education, it plays a critical role in establishing Ireland as a global centre of excellence in Internet activity.
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Jono Bacon - LugRadio

Jono Bacon Jono Bacon is a writer and software developer based in the United Kingdom. Bacon started his work with the Linux community when he created the UK Linux website, Linux UK. When he left this project he moved on to join the KDE team, where he created the KDE::Enterprise website and KDE Usability Study. He has also been involved with helping charities using free software, as well as shaving off his beard for Amnesty International at LugRadio Live 2006. He is a participant in LugRadio and runs the website WolvesLUG. Additionally, he has created a heavy rock version of the Free Software Song.
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Kevin Lyda

Kevin Lyda Kevin Lyda, a native of New York, graduated with a degree in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992. He has worked in Software Development and Systems Administration in America and Ireland since that time. His interest in politics was originally spurred by the Communications Decency Act in 1996.

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Kristen Accardi

Kristen Accardi Kristen Carlson Accardi is a Linux kernel developer working at Intel's Open Source Technology centre. She has been a Linux developer since 2000. Recently she has been actively contributing to the Linux kernel in the area of PCI hotplug and ACPI-based hotplug and is the maintainer for the PCIE hotplug driver and the SHPC hotplug driver. Kristen is now also the PCI hotplug subsystem maintainer for the Linux kernel.
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Martin Krafft

Martin Krafft Martin F. Krafft is a well-known Debian developer concerned with quality assurance, security, integration, and public representation. He is the author of the book The Debian System, which has been called the "Debian Bible" on numerous occasions. Martin earns his living as free-lance Linux, open-source, and security consultant, and researches method diffusion in large open-source projects as a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Limerick.

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Matthew Garrett

Matthew Garrett By day, Matthew Garrett studies for a PhD in genetics. By night, he implements userland and kernel support for Linux on laptops. Head of the Ubuntu laptop team, Matthew has a very large pile of laptops and isn't afraid to use them.

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Matthew Revell - LugRadio

Matthew Revell Matthew is about to start work at Canonical, looking after the marketing for Launchpad. He is also one of the editors of the Fridge, Ubuntu's news website, a presenter on LugRadio, the free software/Linux podcast, and organiser of LugRadio Live, the free software community event.
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Mel Gorman

Mel Gorman Mel Gorman is a programmer with the IBM Linux Technology Centre while researching a PhD part-time. He studied Computer Systems in University of Limerick where he joined the UL Computer Society in 1996. He started using free software in 1998 where his first project was a VQF decoder that used WINE to load Windows DLLs. Much later, he wrote Understanding the Linux Virtual Manager while trying to understand the kernel source code. Still based in Limerick, he currently works as a kernel developer, principally on the memory manager.
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Mikael Fernstrom

Michael Fernstrom He studied Electronic Engineering and Telecommunications at the Kattegatt Technical College in Halmstad in Sweden, graduating1975. He then worked in industry as inventor, electronics engineer, industrial designer, manager, composer and company director, principally in Sweden. He worked with AVAB Electronics in Gothenburg, from 1976 to 1979 building and designing sound and light equipment for theatres. He set up ILF Innovation and developed the business between 1980 and 1989. During this period he developed a number of patents for Signal processing of EMG-signals, Heat-pump control-system, Optical Interconnects, etc. In 1989 the company was taken over. He stayed on until 1991, when he took the opportunity to move to Ireland to work as a freelance consultant.
From 1996 he worked as a Research Officer in the Interaction Design Centre at the University of Limerick, primarily on the development of Multimedia Browsing Systems and the use of sound in human-computer interfaces. In 1998 he was awarded an M.Sc. by research by the University of Limerick and appointed as Lecturer. Subsequently he spearheaded the development of a new taught Masters degree in Interactive Media at UL and was appointed Course Director. He is one of the co-designers of the LiteFoot interactive floor. His research interests cover Computer Science, HCI, Electronics, Sound, Music, Multimedia, History, Archaeology and the Performing Arts.
He is currently finishing his Doctoral research in Interactive Sound Design in the context of Human-Computer Interaction.
He has been the Irish delegate in the European COST Action G6 on Digital Audio Effects and is one of the initiators of a new European COST action on Control of digital audio effects from human gesture. He is a Member of the Audio Engineering Society; Member of the International Society of Ecological Psychology; Member of IEEE; and Lifetime Member of the Electronic Music Foundation.
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Noel Bergman

Noel Bergman Noel J. Bergman is one of Colorado Software Summit's All-Timers, having participated in all of the Colorado Software Summit conferences (and their predecessors, the ColoradOS/2 conferences), and has consistently received high marks as a favoured speaker. Noel's background in leading edge technology spans over to 25 years, including participation on the CORBA and Common Object Services Task Forces, and he enjoys sharing the knowledge and experience acquired over those years with Software Summit attendees, both in and out of the formal sessions. Noel is a Member of the Apache Software Foundation, where he is Vice President of the Apache Incubator project, a member of the infrastructure team, and an active participant in various projects.
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Paschal Nee

Paschal Nee Graduate University of Limerick in BSc Computer Systems, First Class Honours. MBA from UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business, First Class Honours.
Mobile Travel Technologies Limited (MTT) is a software development company focused on the travel industry. MTT's products and services enable travel suppliers and intermediaries worldwide to distribute their services to travellers through mobile phones and devices. At MTT, Paschal is responsible for software development, project management, product research and development, operations and customer support.
Prior to MTT Paschal was a key contributor to the growth of Gradient Solutions, an Irish travel technology company, from start-up to exit. He drove the development of the core product and the use of this product to implement online reservations sites for, amongst others, KLM, Thomas Cook, Austrian Airlines and Northwest Airlines. Gradient Solutions were acquired by Sabre, a S&P 500, $3Bn company, in 2000.
At Sabre his responsibilities expanded to Director, Product Delivery taking on line management responsibility for 20 local development staff, responsibility for the company's development centre in Poland and responsibility for the Dublin based systems operations group.
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Paul Jakma

Paul Jakma Paul Jakma helps maintain the Quagga free software routing protocol suite. He has worked with Free Software systems since 1995, in various guises. He is employed as a Member of Technical Staff with Sun Microsystems, in their Network Approachability engineering department.

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Robert Chassell

Robert Chassell Robert J. Chassell has an abiding interest in social and economic history. He writes and edits, teaches GNU Emacs, wrote an 'Introduction to Programming in Emacs Lisp', as well as 'Software Freedom: an Introduction'. He speaks throughout the world. He graduated from Cambridge University in England and flies his own airplane.

* Due to weather conditions, Roberts flight from Albany was delayed until two days after SkyCon, and as a result will unfortunately miss our conference. Roberts attempts in obtaining other flights did not prove successful, ("None can get me to Ireland in time for the conference."), and sends his apologies for not been able to make it. A soft/hard copy of his talk will be available at the conference. We sincerely apologise again for this late cancellation. (SkyCon, 15-02-2007)
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Simon Phipps - Sun Microsystems

Sun Microsystems Sun Microsystems Inc., is a vendor of computers, computer components, computer software, and information-technology services, founded in 1982. Sun's products include computer servers and workstations based on its own SPARC and AMD's Opteron processors, the Solaris Operating System, the NFS and ZFS network file systems, the Java platform, and a suite of software products including developer tools, Web infrastructure, and identity management applications.
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Stuart Langridge - LugRadio

Stuart Langridge Stuart Langridge (also known as 'Aq') is a web and software developer based in the United Kingdom. Langridge is the author of two books, DHTML Utopia and Run Your Own Web Server Using Linux & Apache (with Tony Steidler-Dennison) for technical publishers SitePoint. Also for SitePoint, he wrote the Stylish Scripting weblog during 2005. Langridge is a member of the Web Standards Project's DOM Scripting Task Force and is an acknowledged commentator on DOM Scripting techniques. His current projects include Jokosher, a multi-track audio editor for GNOME, and Jackfield, a program to run Dashboard widgets under GNOME. Langridge is also part of the team which produces LugRadio, a Linux and open source podcast in the UK. He is known for being highly opinionated and argumentative.
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TJ McIntyre - Digital Rights Ireland

TJ McIntyre [] is chairman of Digital Rights Ireland []. He is a Lecturer in Law in University College Dublin and consultant with Merrion Legal Solicitors, specialising in information technology and intellectual property issues. Digital Rights Ireland Ltd is a body devoted to defending Civil, Human and Legal rights in a digital age.
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Terri Raftery - Ericsson

Ericsson is a leading provider of telecommunications equipment and related services to mobile and fixed network operators globally. More than 1000 networks in 140 countries utilize our network equipment and 40 percent of all mobile calls are made through our systems. It is one of the few companies worldwide that can offer end-to-end solutions for all major mobile communication standards.
PDU OSS is responsible for the development of Ericsson's OSS products and applications. Its main product is the OSS-RC product family, which provides customers with the capability to configure, monitor, optimise and maintain all of Ericsson's Radio Access and Core Networks - both 2G and 3G. The PDU is also responsible for Ericsson's Wireline OSS solutions. Mary Daly Scanlon & Claire Callagy work in Systems Managment for Ericsson's main Network Management product.
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Val Henson

Val Henson Val is currently employed by Intel and is a Kernel hacker. She has contributed to both the Linux kernel and Sun Solaris operating systems. Her interests include file systems, networking, women in computing and mountain climbing. She has contributed to the ZFS file system in Solaris, and to network drivers, TCP/IP, PowerPC, interrupt handling and the ext2 file system in Linux. She currently is also contributing to a new series of articles called The Kernel Hacker's Bookshelf on the news computing site, LWN. This series purports to "bring good research and good kernel hackers together through reviews focusing on the practical aspects of research, written in plain (possibly even entertaining) language" She has been an active member of LinuxChix since 2001 and is the author of "HOWTO Encourage Women in Linux." In her remaining spare time, she hikes and maintains "The TCP/IP Drinking Game."
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