Talk by Professor Greg Morrisett on Cyclone

Greg Morrisett

Prof. Greg Morrisett will be joining us on Tuesday, April 22 at 4 PM to talk about Cyclone, a safer version of C. This will be a good talk for anyone interested in what software vulnerabilities are, why they keep happening, how we can fix them, or why a course like CS152 or CS153 might be interesting and useful. The talk will be in MD 123

Peter Neumann to Speak 4/11/2008 at 3 PM

Peter G. Neumann

HCS regularly brings in interesting speakers on topics in computer science, technology, and their relationship with the rest of the world. This month, we're proud to be hosting Peter G. Neumann, one of the original developers of Multics, moderator of the ACM Risks Forum, and a graduate of Harvard. Dr. Neumann will speak about his personal experience with mathematical computer science and will present short stories on lots of exciting topics (read on to find out what). We'll also have plenty of time for questions and discussion. We'll likely go to dinner afterwards.

Date: April 11, 2008

Account Services Seminar (2/27)

The Harvard Computer Society held an Account Services Seminar last Wednesday, February 27. The seminar focused primarily on getting student groups up and running, and helping people and groups decide which services were best for their specific needs.

For those of you who missed the seminar, or just want to look at the slides, they are attached here.

HCS is now an O'Reilly User Group (Again)!


HCS has once again registered as an O'Reilly User Group. Among other things, this gives us the opportunity to write and publish reviews of O'Reilly books in exchange for free copies of said books. And this is a good thing - it's a great way to keep our library both current and relevant.

If you're interested in writing a review, you should contact oreilly (at) hcs ( and say so. Books available for reviewing will be regularly e-mailed to hcs-discuss.

This is probably a good place to promote the HCS library. If you want to borrow technical books stretching back to the beginning of time and Cabot's collection just doesn't cut it for you, check our library in SOCH 307. Members can check out books under the stipulation that they are returned after some reasonable amount of time.

Facebook Techtalk 2/21 6-7 PM MD G115

We're hosting a tech talk with Facebook today from 6-7 PM. The speaker will be Sasha Rush '07 talking about Facebook Platform, the engine that drives all of those nifty applications you've been adding to your Facebook profile (Pirates, Ninjas, SuperSpank, etc). Specifically, the talk will be about optimizing Facebook Platform for Facebook's unusual load profile (lots of data for which each piece receives a very low hit rate). It should be good, plus I just confirmed pizza from Bertuccis, so you can skip dinner if you're so inclined.