February 22-24, 2013
Hilton Los Angeles International Airport
Mario Obejas started as an Air Defense programmer in 1980, performing final acceptance tests in a war zone on his very first program. In the early 1990s he switched to sysadmin work. At the direction of a PHB, this included writing a "one-page installation instructions" document for an air traffic control system deployed in China. In the late 1990s he switched divisions and started supporting chip designers and cluster computing; he also started to promote "open source" use before the term was coined (we called it, "Get the source and compile it"). Eventually he landed in Information Security, where he works today. He is active in LOPSA (member #4) and USENIX. Decades ago, Mario earned a Bachelor of Arts in Math from Wabash College, and a Master of Science from the University of Southern California (USC). These days, Mario is a ravenous news junkie, and occasionally goes on hilly 80+ mile bike rides, but mostly he wants to master keeping up with his two adult sons.