welcome to x a o t e c

This is the personal home page of me, Brian Huff. Some people just call me Bex.

Feel free to peruse the photo album, to see the wedding photos of Michelle and I. Our honeymoon in Tahiti was amazing!

You can also see the photos from our trip to Thailand, or our sailing adventure around the Virgin Islands. You can also take a look at some of the articles Ive thrown together about politics and technology. Beware, I'm considered somewhat opinionated...

Thu, 29 Jul 2004

Thursday Sessions

Todays talks were quite good. I heard some cool stuff about the state of Python 2.4, and how great a language it is for teaching.

The talk about Tsearch2 and POSGRESQL was interesting... although I dont think its quite ready for us to suggest to customers. The talk on PHP performance was a good high-level talk, and I picked up a few new Apache performance tricks.

I picked up a few things about whats currently available in the Python lightning talks, and about what's next at the state of the Python union talk. Its a big Python love-fest. Making something like CPAN for Python would be a good idea to help the community.

I also had the opportunity to meet Jeremy White, my boss's brother. He's one of the lead developers on the Wine project, which allows people to run Windows apps on Linux. Quite an important and incredibly difficult project indeed.

[18:00] | [oscon2004] | ### | Brian 'Bex' Huff

Thursday Keynotes

The Dyson trio keynote was interesting. Its cool to see a great thinker like Freeman Dyson talk about topics like the future of technology. Although he's a bit of a science worshipper for my taste. If the purpose of science is to serve mankind, then humility should be considered a virtue on par with innovation. Just because we know our way around a research lab, doesnt mean we always know what's best for the world. Nevertheless, I was able to get a photo of the two of us.

The second talk was pretty good as well. Bdale Garbee reinforced the idea that its hackers and inventors that push the envelope of science the best. People like Tesla, Goddard, or the Wright Brothers did things that everybody else said was crazy... Bdale tooted his own horn a bit about the amature satelites that he helped launch. Dang. Just like the X-Prize, the hackers are now after the final frontier!

[12:00] | [oscon2004] | ### | Brian 'Bex' Huff