Guess who I sat next to at AUUG today?

Courtesy of Sun's diamond sponsorship of AUUG's 2005 Conference I've scored a free pass to the conference. W00t! There was a keynote from Brad Templeton where he spoke in defence of the general purpose computer (and also thereby in defence of innovation). There was a keynote from Bryan Cantrill --- today, since he was recovered from his jetlag he was able to go at his usual million miles/hour.... I think the audience dug it... I kept to the Systems and Documentation track in the morning... didn't really get me going, maybe I should have looked into the crypto track instead. At lunch, though, I sat at the same table as Chris Maltby --- a name that I recognise from when I first started at uni although of course I couldn't remember why until I googled him. And there was a bloke wearing a purplish cap opposite me...... Rob Pike !! Yes, The Rob Pike W00tW00tW00t! He apparently spends a fair bit of his time here in Sydney nowadays --- a decent chunk of the Google Maps team is based our here. He's one of those unix demigods, and I never thought I'd get to meet somebody of his standing. In the afternoon I followed the spam countermeasures track, which was actually very interesting --- even though I'm no longer officially a sysadmin or mail platform admin. Somebody asked David Purdue when we would be able to see spamd running on OpenSolaris --- since ipf is integrated (and yes, Darren Reed was over there in the corner, hacking away on his Acer Ferrari) with Solaris Express it really shouldn't be that difficult. The final keynote that I got to go to today was from Damien Miller of the OpenBSD foundation (?) talking about good design and implementation principles, using OpenSSH's portability goal as the example. It was great to hear him present the core team's attitudes, because their attitudes matched mine :-D Had to duck across the road from the conference to go to my circuit analysis exam, but I managed to make it back in time for most of the drinks in the evening. Which was a really, really good thing because I got talking with Arjen Lentz and Stewart Smith of the MySQL team about their cluster offering. And that turned into dinner at a nice little Vietnamese restaurant around the corner, and that ended up with me, Brendan Gregg and Russell Coker (RedHat's SELinux guru) catching the train up to North Sydney together. All in all, a very pleasant evening! Now if it wasn't for the fact that I'm listening to one of our architecture review committee meetings, I'd probably be able to rock up to today's sessions. But I think I'll have to catch some snooze time instead. And I'm looking forward to the Friday programme a bit more than the Thursday programme so it's all good. Hopefully I'll be able to get Rob Pike to autograph my copy of The Practice of Programming and let me get my photo taken with him. Fingers crossed!
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