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Getting Around Portland

Editor's note: OSCON attendee and Portlander Ben Henick has prepared an extensive guide that will help newbies get the lay of the land and make the most out of their stay in Portland. Even folks who have been in Portland before may benefit from perusing this guide.

This piece is written for all comers. Those of you who are already familiar with public transportation will notice extensive discussion of things you already know.

Getting Aboard

Trimet buses and trains, regardless of their livery, take the same fares and transfers. If you haven’t already been issued a pass for the week, adult trip fares are $2.50 and day fares $5.00, with discounts offered to disabled, elderly, and school-age passengers who can prove their membership in their fare class. Passes and valid transfers merely need to be shown to the operator when you board, or to a fare inspector on request (see below).

Editor's note: OSCON attendees get a Trimet pass that is valid through Friday upon checking in at registration.

When boarding a bus, board in the front and pay your fare into the farebox, which will print your transfer or ticket but will not give change.

Bus operators are given broad discretion to acknowledge or ignore passengers who are running to catch up to the bus at a stop, or attempting to flag down their bus between stops.

Open Cloud Day: Triumphant Return to OSCON 2015

If you're in Portland, Oregon next week attending OSCON or just nearby, you should make sure to put Open Cloud Day on your schedule.

Open Cloud Day is open to any OSCON registrant (including Expo Hall Plus passes) and comes jam-packed with talks that are relevant to any developer, admin, or organization that's deploying applications in the cloud. This year's schedule includes talks OpenStackcontainer orchestrationPlatform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and a look at the future of container delivery.

Join us from 9AM to 5PM in the Oregon Convention Center, room F150, to learn from industry practicioners about the latest innovations in public and private clouds, IaaS, PaaS, and beyond.

Apache Spark Tutorial: Intro plus Deep Dive on SparkR and Data Sources API

The Apache Spark tutorial at OSCON presents a hands-on introduction to Spark, with deep-dives into important components, SparkR and Data Sources API. The half-day tutorial considers examples from several Huawei case studies -- production Spark deployments at scale for Telco use cases. 

Solving Email Performance and Capacity Problems

Capacity and random I/O performance combined is the worst case scenario for storage infrastructures – email + attachments attacks on both fronts. Given storage growth of 20-40% every year, traditional block or file storage is typically inconvenient and expensive, especially for managing email and archives.
 
With so many concurrent users randomly accessing tiny files, the reality is that not one, but two competing solutions are needed to build an efficient storage infrastructure for email. And the solutions need to be spread across both edges of the IOPS spectrum.
 
SSDs today are very good for delivering cheap high performance random IOPS on a restricted amount of space. This is efficient for mailbox metadata that represents only 5% of the capacity but 95% of the I/Os.
 
For the remaining 95%, what is the simplest and best way for the mailbox server talk to thousands of hard drives? Since email messages are immutable, Object Storage appears to be the perfect fit. It handles continuous capacity growth, with the most efficient infrastructure, so it is “scale-out” by design.

But now we need to make mailbox servers equally “scale-out” and fully integrated with Object Storage solutions. Come visit OpenIO at the OpenMessaging booth at OSCON (Booth #706 in the Expo Hall) to see how Cyrus 3.0 is enhanced by OpenIO’s scale-out storage and mailbox capabilities. Our goal is to make both capacity and performance problems a thing of the past.

Learn more Open Messaging Day at OSCON on July 22. This event is open to all attendees with a badge, including Expo Plus pass holders.

Sights to See in Portland

Every year as the heat of summer comes around, I get ready for Portland. OSCON is traditionally in July at the Oregon Convention Center. We start with a weekend at the Community Leadership Summit followed by five days of mixing with and learning from the open source community.

I have all my favorite places to visit in Portland like Widmer Brothers Brewery, Blue Star Donuts, Burgerville, and more, but I always like to discover new places to create new favorites.

I enjoy the fantastic local public transit from TriMet and use their app multiple times a day to plan my trips.

This year I asked Twitter to help me out, and found a nice list of fun things to do, delicious things to eat, and thirst-quenching watering holes. As well, I found some great places to access nature, and get in touch with Mother Earth in and around Portland.

You should not miss out on the vibrant food cart culture of Portland, there are multiple spots where you can find a handful of these on a corner here or there, but two major spots to find are between 9th and 10th Ave, and SW Washington and SW Alder streets, as well as on 5th Ave between SW Oak and SW Stark streets. A full list of food trucks can be found online and on Google Maps.

After reaching out via Twitter I got some good replies which led me to some places I had not heard of yet, like Ground Kontrol Arcade.

Here are some of the suggestions I received:

Andrew Vest reminds us that Multnomah Falls is a great place to visit if you have time. Not necessarily Portland, but right outside and it's fun sight seeing and hiking.

Red Alpha shared a cool spot in town where you can make your own terrarium! Very cool. You can find Roosevelt's Terrariums at the corner of 44th and Hawthorne.

Tyler Fitch listed some great nature hikes, mountain biking options, and even a place in town:

The Apple User Group had a few tweets about things to do in Portland:

Looking for more? I’ve created a list on Foursquare that might be useful or interesting, and I will be adding to it soon.

It includes such landmarks as Powell’s City of BooksThe Lloyd Center Ice RinkThe Oregon Brewers Festival (July 22-26), and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

Finally, if you’re interested in watching two smart fun guys hit 24 Portland restaurants in 24 hours in a 17 minute video, watch Day of Gluttony episode 8.

Keep this going while you’re in Portland next week. Use hashtag #OSCONToDo to share more ideas for things to do while in Portland!

Start your journey with OpenStack and Cloud Foundry - Get under the hood with HP Helion’s tools

HP Helion is offering a full day of OpenStack specifics on July 21 at OSCON. Start the day off with an IAAS ops crash course:  OpenStack basics - featuring HP Helion OpenStack.  For the afternoon session, developers can deep dive into PaaS with Developing and deploying cloud native apps on Cloud Foundry and OpenStack with HP Helion.  

Preview of XenServer Administrators Handbook

Administering any technology can be both fun and challenging at times. For many, the fun part is designing a new deployment while for others the hardware selection process, system configuration and tuning and actual deployment can be a rewarding part of being an SRE. Then the challenging stuff hits where the design and deployment become a real part of the everyday inner workings of your company and with it come upgrades, failures, and fixes. For example, you might need to figure out how to scale beyond the original design, deal with failed hardware or find ways to update an entire data center without user downtime. No matter how long you've been working with a technology, the original paradigms often do change, and there is always an opportunity to learn how to do something more efficiently.

Kubernetes Launch 1.0

In case you haven't heard, the Kubernetes project team & community have some awesome stuff lined up for our release event at OSCON on Tuesday, July 21. Founded by Google in 2014, Kubernetes is the open source container cluster orchestration system that makes it easier to build distributed applications using containers such as Docker and Rocket.

Build your first Internet of Things App today with Open Source Software

Automated homes. Connected cars. Smart cities. The Internet of Things (IoT) will forever change the way businesses interact with consumers and other businesses. IoT requires that new applications consume data that streams in from connected devices and apply advanced real-time analytics. It also demands the ability to scale horizontally in order to support a large number of devices, while keeping extreme low latency for immediate data insights.

Civil conduct, at OSCON and online

In light of recent events, I’d like to share a message from the OSCON Program Chairs:

We formalized our Code of Conduct the day before OSCON 2011. While, as the preamble to the Code says, “At O'Reilly, we assume that most people are intelligent and well-intended, and we're not inclined to tell people what to do,” the OSCON community alerted us to a few instances of harassment at previous OSCONs—and “a few” is too many. We realized it was time to take an official stand in favor of civil conduct, state explicitly that we won’t tolerate harassment or offensive behavior, and let attendees know how to report harassment if they see it.  We’re very glad we did. The Code of Conduct has made a positive difference in the onsite OSCON experience, and we're committed to improving it.

And then there’s the Internet. We can’t enforce our Code of Conduct online, but we do have a choice about how to respond to email and comments that are offensive. Here’s what we do—read, evaluate, and, if we determine that the allegations are without merit:  ignore, report, or delete them. Recently, we’ve received inflammatory email and seen offensive social media comments about an OSCON speaker. We won’t be responding, beyond reiterating that we’re committed to making OSCON a welcoming, respectful, and productive event. O’Reilly’s been part of the Internet community for 37 years, and we believe that old-school advice, “Don’t feed the trolls,” is still sound.

The OSCON Program Chairs,
Rachel Roumeliotis, Sarah Novotny, and Matthew McCullough