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Termcard for Hilary Term 2009

Week 1

Oxford Geek Night 10

Wednesday 21st January, 19:30
Jericho Tavern

Not a CompSoc event, but very much worth going to, and several of the committee will be there. More information available here .

Posted Sat 17 Jan 2009 13:59:01 GMT


Thursday 22nd January, 20:00
Lamb and Flag

A chance to catch up with other CompSoc people and kick off the term in style.

Posted Sat 17 Jan 2009 13:51:39 GMT

Week 2


Speaker: Dr Clive King

Wednesday 28th January, 19:00
Jean Robinson Room, Keble College

You can't listen to music on an Operating System

An OS doesn't upload data to your MP3 player, iTunes does. An OS does not enable you bid for things you don't want or need on EBAY when you are drunk, a gaggle of software components from your web browser to the EBAY database do that. Operating systems just manage resources such as cpu, memory, network, disk, displays and your attention on behalf of applications which make requests for resources through the OS.

When things do go wrong, data gets corrupted, performance is poor or programs die, the OS as master of resource scheduling is often the best place to start debugging errant behavior of the wider system.

This talk assumes zero previous knowledge of Solaris, but hold on to your hats, some of it might get quite technical.

The speaker hopes you will leave this talk with an understanding of the what, why and how for some of the ground breaking technologies in Solaris such as DTrace, ZFS and Zones.

About the speaker

Dr. Clive King is a Senior Staff Engineer at Sun Microsystems. He has no idea how to write a PowerPoint presentation, but is content when doing live demo's of Solaris technology and setting it in a wider content. His core role is troubleshooting and fixing performance, data integrity and availability problems for Sun's largest and most demanding customers worldwide. He is also Sun's UK Operating Systems Ambassador for Education, a member of the B.C.S. Academic Panel and a B.C.S. Fellow.

Posted Sat 17 Jan 2009 13:54:25 GMT

Week 3

Lightning Talks

Thursday 5th February, 20:00
Roy Griffiths Room, Keble College

After the success of past lightning talks, we're bringing the format back.

Anyone can turn up and speak for 5-10 minutes on any subject, though most of them will be with a technical slant.

Full list of talks will appear here nearer the time.

Posted Sat 17 Jan 2009 13:56:30 GMT

Week 4

Video Night

Wednesday 11th February, 19:00
Lecture Room B, Worcester College

In the finest CompSoc tradition, we'll be showing one or more 'traditional' geeky films - suggestions (or, indeed, DVDs of films) are more than welcome.

Even better, if turnout looks good enough, we'll invest in some popcorn and other filmish snacks.

Posted Sat 17 Jan 2009 14:00:31 GMT

Week 5

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Week 6

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Week 7

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Week 8

Annual General Meeting

Thursday 12th March, 19:00
Turf Tavern

The Annual General Meeting will include all the usual termly admin - motions of thanks, reports from the committee et al., and also the election of the 2009-10 committee. If you think you might be interrested in running, please contact .

Posted Sat 17 Jan 2009 14:06:51 GMT