Re: YAPC::Europe

2001-06-18 Thread Merijn Broeren

Quoting Simon Wistow ([EMAIL PROTECTED]):
 I was hoping for a lovely cheap flight from London City to Amsterdam but
 VLM (who I can get cheap flight from) only fly to Rotterdam :( 
 
So?

 There are flights to Amsterdam from there but they're about 120 quid :(
 Will try and see if I can get cheapo flight through my contacts.

Rotterdam is my favourite airport to fly to in Holland, together with
Maastricht. It will take you about 4 minutes to get from your plane seat
to your taxi seat. No kidding. 1 minute to walk to the building, 1
minute queuing with the other 20 passengers for the two customs
officials, 1 minute waiting for your bag, 1 minute walking to your taxi. 

It will cost you 15 guilders (less then 5 pounds) to get to the central
station with a taxi in 5 minutes, then about 30 guilders (less then 10
pounds) to get to Amsterdam in 1 hour. (45 minutes and you will be
passing Schiphol airport). I will bet you that the moment you pass
Schiphol, the people that landed at the same time are still walking to
their luggage, for which they will have to wait another half hour. If it
arrived there, and didn't send to Timbuktu. 

Plus you don't have to sit between the stag|hen-party-goes-Amsterdam
easyjet, or heaven forbid even worse London.pm, rabble. :-) I really
like checing in as well, with 20 people on a flight it is the most
relaxing thing ever, especially compared with the Easyjet approach of
let's open the free-seating for all check-in 20 minutes before we close 
for these 400 people now. Or when we finish our nailpolish. 

Cheers,
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Re: Government Websites

2001-06-18 Thread Merijn Broeren

Quoting Roger Burton West ([EMAIL PROTECTED]):
 Users will say: Ooh! Shiny!.
 
Poing-poing-poing!
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Re: Training anyone ?

2001-06-13 Thread Merijn Broeren

Quoting Richard Clamp ([EMAIL PROTECTED]):
 
 At least they only claim to be the maintenance team.  Almost like
 boasting about being the team sent in to fetch the team sent in to
 rescue the hostages.
 
Hang on, that still sounds like the original team needed to be rescued.
I'd change that statement to 'boasting about being the team shining 
the boots and greasing the pickaxes of the team sent in to rescue the
hostages'. Who are now apparently enjoying their beer. ;-)

Cheers,
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Re: Inline::PERL

2001-06-03 Thread Merijn Broeren

Quoting Marcel Grunauer ([EMAIL PROTECTED]):
 On Sunday, June 3, 2001, at 05:56  AM, David H. Adler wrote:
 
  On Fri, Jun 01, 2001 at 09:40:49AM +0100, Cross David - dcross wrote:
 
  Inline::PERL gives you the power of the PERL programming language from
 
  And what, exactly, is the PERL programming language?
 
 It is the wicked, twisted spectre of Perl that haunts the minds of
 script kiddies. In some cultures it is known as CGI; other cultures
 have no name for it. Well-informed people normally run when they
 encounter it.
 
Ah, but you are wrong, most of these tribes *do* have a name for this, 
they call this powerful incantation PEARL!

Sadly, I can still remember all the headhunters looking for people 
that knew that particular language. As you say, a good indication to run
far and fast.

Cheers,
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Shoot out

2001-05-17 Thread Merijn Broeren

Hi,

Have you seen http://www.bagley.org/~doug/shootout/ ? 

My pike loving friend was amused to see Perl and Python trounced. But
the testing rig was written in Perl at least. 

Cheers
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Software Geek  | take big bites. Moderation is for monks.
   | 



Re: Shoot out

2001-05-17 Thread Merijn Broeren

Quoting Tony Bowden ([EMAIL PROTECTED]):
 
 His perl isn't necessarily the fastest in all cases. I sped some of his
 scripts up quite significantly - enough to move it back up above Python
 anyway ;)
 
I was looking at the attributions page and saw only your name. I was
kind of expecting the rabid hordes of london.pm speedfreaks would like
to have a go, but you were already there, I should have known you were a
lnpm'er ;-)

 It's all quite interesting.
 
Indeed. I thought the functional languages would do much better when
weighing the mathematical stuff higher, but there was almost no change.

Cheers,
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Software Geek  | take big bites. Moderation is for monks.
   | 



Re: TPC Quiz Team

2001-05-17 Thread Merijn Broeren

Quoting Leon Brocard ([EMAIL PROTECTED]):
 
 ps amsterdam.pm team last time, so which .pm next time? ;-)

With your record of being everywhere where there is a conference, I
would say you can hook up with any .pm :-)

cheers,
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Software Geek  | take big bites. Moderation is for monks.
   | 



Re: require Module; and filehandles

2001-04-26 Thread Merijn Broeren

Quoting Ian Brayshaw ([EMAIL PROTECTED]):
 
 I am writing a customer handler for loading modules at runtime, taking 
 advantage of the support for coderefs in the @INC array. By deleting entries 
 in the %INC hash for loaded modules I can force Perl to recompile the module 
 after it has been first loaded. This is particularly important with 
 mod_perl, since the modules themselves may change during the life of the 
 program.
 
http://www.perldoc.com/cpan/Apache/StatINC.html

I haven't read the rest of your post. :-)
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Re: Company Name

2001-04-25 Thread Merijn Broeren

Quoting Robert Shiels ([EMAIL PROTECTED]):
 
 Nice summary. I was going to go for Shiels, but there is some plastics
 company in Lancs that have it already. I thought of Shiels IT Services,
 but one potential acronym of this is not very pleasing :-)
 
Oh yeah, I trust you know about :

Hypertext Webster Gateway: shiel

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Shiel \Shiel\, n. A sheeling. [Scot.] --Burns. 

Which leads to :

Sheeling \Sheeling\, n. [Icel. skj?l a shelter, a cover; akin to Dan. 
Sw. skjul.] A hut or small cottage in an expessed or a retired place (as
on a mountain or at the seaside) such as is used by shepherds,
fishermen, sportsmen, etc.; a summer cottage; also, a shed. [Written
also {sheel}, {shealing}, {sheiling}, etc.] [Scot.] 

So you can pass of your company as a shelter n 1: a structure that
provides privacy and protection from danger. 

All this from playing with

http://work.ucsd.edu:5141/cgi-bin/http_webster

Cheers,
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Software Geek | that just out of sight round the corner is a double width
  | chest freezer which has fallen off of a truck.



Re: (possible) zip and file download problem

2001-04-23 Thread Merijn Broeren

Quoting Jon Galliers ([EMAIL PROTECTED]):
 
 
 ($file - name from database query)
 
 my $zip = Archive::Zip-new() or die couldn't create zip $!;
 $zip-addFile(/web/www.website.com/docs/$file) or die couldn't add file $!;
 $zip-writeToFileNamed('/web/www.website.com/docs/download.zip');# possible 
 lock error;
 open (DOCZIP, /web/www.website.com/docs/download.zip) or die couldn't 
 open file $!;
 
 flock (DOCZIP, 2);
 
 print Content-type:application/x-zip-compressed\n\n;
 
 my $fileData;
 while (read(DOCZIP, $fileData, 1024)) {
  print $fileData;
 }
 
 unlink (/web/www.website.com/docs/download.zip) or die couldn't delete 
 file $!;
 
 close(DOCZIP);
 
Another trick that we used was to overload the pathinfo. Just create a
URL that looks like www.website.com/cgi-bin/NameOfCGI/fileno.zip. 

Netscape and Explorer will take the last bit to prompt you with in the
Save As dialog, while the webserver will just invoke NameOfCGI, which in
turn will be able to find fileno.zip in it's path info. 

Cheers,
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Software Geek  | and put earth at sol.milky-way.univ in his kill-file.
   | Pray all you want, it just gets junked.



Re: CiP value =1.5?

2001-04-06 Thread Merijn Broeren

Quoting Simon Cozens ([EMAIL PROTECTED]):
 It's probably worrying if I can look at the above and think "That looks like
 MJD's code".
 
Nah, the p;p;p;p;p is a dead give away. And the fnord ofcourse :-)
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  | 



Re: Test

2001-04-06 Thread Merijn Broeren

Quoting Paul Makepeace ([EMAIL PROTECTED]):
 This is great, thanks! Is it possible to get it to do this *only* when
 the email is content-type: text/html; rather than displaying it instead
 of the text/plain in a multipart/alternative?
 
Yeah, you set it up in .muttrc :

auto_view text/html application/msword
alternative_order text/enriched text/plain text

set mailcap_path="~/.mutt-mailcap:~/.mailcap:/etc/mailcap"

My .mutt-mailcap looks like this :

# Try w3m first
text/html; cathtml.sh %s; copiousoutput

# Send html to a running netscape by remote
text/html;  netscape -remote 'openURL(%s)'; test=RunningNetscape

# Else use lynx to view it as text
text/html; lynx -dump %s; copiousoutput

text/*; cat %s ; copiousoutput

application/msword;  catdoc; copiousoutput
application/postscript; ps2ascii %s; copiousoutput

And loads more for images and stuff. Especially catdoc is a godsend. 

Oh, my cathml.sh looks like this :

#!/bin/sh

eval `resize`;

w3m -T text/html -cols $COLUMNS -dump $1;

On the risk of offending the person who gets really tired of the
w3m-is-better meme, I prefer w3m because I get send so many tables in
html, they show up real nice.

Cheerrs,
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Software Geek | memory of temptation resisted.
  | 



[HELP] Quick question about Red Hat and gb keyboards

2001-04-06 Thread Merijn Broeren

Hi,

My experience with Red Hat is none existant, and I haven't installed a n
desktop Linux system in ages, so turn to you lot to ask a quick question
about something that isn't immediatley obvious to me. 

If I change in /etc/X11/XF86config the keyboard setting to 'gb' from
'us', the backspace and delete key give me a forward delete.  I don't
care that much since I can't type on a gb keybaord anyway, but one of my
collegues here is much annoyed by the ctrl-H :-) I tried stty erase and
looked with jwz's [1] xkeycaps. Xmodmap seems to make no difference. 

Anybody got an easy answer?


Cheers,
[1] Correct single quote usage?
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Re: Grammar (was: Re: Linux.com Online Chat)

2001-04-05 Thread Merijn Broeren

Quoting Steve Mynott ([EMAIL PROTECTED]):
 I remember arguing with a teacher who told us gravity was caused by
 the Earth spinning round who refused to accept that the child she was
 teaching actually knew more about it than her.
 
Hey! I resemble that remark. I got send from school for a day after
being 'impolite to the teacher' when I refused (loudly) to accept his
version of the first moonlanding where Aldrin got out first. 

Cheers,
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  | And stop staring at me like that.



Re: Test from uuencode boy

2001-04-04 Thread Merijn Broeren

Quoting [EMAIL PROTECTED] ([EMAIL PROTECTED]):
 test.  can you read this one, or is it attached?  This is in Microsoft
 Outlook Rich Text.  The previous mails have been sent in Plain Text.  
 
 
Your message looks like this :

  I 1 no description [multipa/alternativ, 7bit, 3.4K] 
  I 2 |-no description[text/plain, quoted, ISO-8859-1, 1.1K] 
  I 3 +-no description   [multipa/mixed, 7bit, 1.9K] 
  A 4   |-BDY.RTF  [applica/rtf, base64, 0.5K] 
  I 5   +-Legal Disclaimer  [text/plain, 7bit, us-ascii, 0.9K] 

Amazing powers of obfuscation in Outlook. 
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Software Geek | It's really *good* tin foil.
  | And stop staring at me like that.



Re: ISO8601 [was] Re: Pointless, Badly-Written Module.

2001-03-21 Thread Merijn Broeren

Quoting Jonathan Peterson ([EMAIL PROTECTED]):
 Please use:
 ISO planet code, ISO country code, POSTCODE, Building Number[, apartment
 number][, business name]
 
Please move to one of the former USSR countries, they write their
addresses there like that. 

http://www.columbia.edu/kermit/postal.html

Makes for interesting reading about posting to anywhere. 

Cheers,
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Software Geek | the restraints in the morning... 
  | 



Re: DMP Availability

2001-02-23 Thread Merijn Broeren

Quoting Dave Cross ([EMAIL PROTECTED]):
 
 That's semi-intentional. My company is called Magnum Solutions so we
 have as much right to use the initials as Microsoft. It amuses me that
 my Perl doodlings might be mistaken for Microsoft software.
 
On that note, in the javaworld it is the idea that you name your classes
starting with your domainname reversed. So com.shell.Business.RipofPrice.Petrol
etc. Microsoft has taken to naming their java stuff com.ms.* 

Guess who owns ms.com? 

That's right, and we are *not* inclined to sell it to them. They tried 
though. :-) 

Cheers,
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Software Geek  | and put earth at sol.milky-way.univ in his kill-file.
   | Pray all you want, it just gets junked.



Re: DMP Availability

2001-02-23 Thread Merijn Broeren

Quoting Merijn Broeren ([EMAIL PROTECTED]):
 
 Guess who owns ms.com? 
 
On checking who was first, I did a 

whois microsoft.com

What can I say but :

MICROSOFT.COM.WHOIS.RESULTS.MAKE.A.GREAT.HUMOUR-LIST.COM

DNS grafitti, who would have thought...
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Software Geek  | and put earth at sol.milky-way.univ in his kill-file.
   | Pray all you want, it just gets junked.



Re: Sunday's emergency social meeting?

2001-02-21 Thread Merijn Broeren

Quoting dcross - David Cross ([EMAIL PROTECTED]):
 
 I'm hoping that the talk on Monday will finish early enough that we can
 retreat to a local hostelry for more general socialising.
 
This finally gives an answer to a question I had, about  why the talk
is scheduled so early? Getting myself and Damian from Canary Wharf after
his class ends at our place leaves about 20 minutes for dinner. It can't
be that easy for other people as well...

But now I understand! You just want to get into a pub before 11! 

I can see I have to adjust to english life still. I'll start right away
with another publunch today. ;-)

Cheers,
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Software Geek  | and put earth at sol.milky-way.univ in his kill-file.
   | Pray all you want, it just gets junked.



Re: OT: Buffy (or not OT, depending on your point of view)

2001-02-08 Thread Merijn Broeren

Quoting Mark Fowler ([EMAIL PROTECTED]):
 
 The one thing that gets me is that does anyone remember the trailer for
 this film?  I seem to remember this bit where Donald Sutherland throws a
 knife at Kirsy Swanson and she catches it between two palms in front
 of her head.  Now I didn't see this in the movie.  Does anyone else
 remember this?
 
This is normal for trailers of movies. I've worked in a cinema when I
was a student and was forcefed trailers, so couldn't help but noticing
it. Most US comedies have about 10 jokes, all of them in the trailer,
and about 8 in the actual movie. ;-)

There is a semi-valid reason for it, trailers are edited by different
people (apparently highly valued), and usually before the actual movie
is edited. Personally I try to avoid trailers and movie reviews, too many
spoilers. 

Cheers,
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Software Geek  |  thing and put it all together to see what it means.'
   | 'Excellent project, it will look very good on your resume.'



Re: Technical Meeting Sponsorship

2001-02-07 Thread Merijn Broeren

Quoting Dave Cross ([EMAIL PROTECTED]):
 
 It would be spectacularly appropriate :)
 
I agree :-)

 
 I can't remember exactly what the email I got from them said, but they
 were _far_ cheaper than the Commonwealth Institute (which I also
 investigated). There was a larger room for ~500 and a smaller one for
 ~70. I think the smaller one costs 155 for the evening. So that is
 looking pretty good to me right now.
 
 If I don't get any other volunteers I may consider making it a Magnum
 Solutions sponsored event (if it only costs 150!)
 
You can jot me down for a personal sponsorship of 50. No way I can get
a corporate sponsorship in time. 

Cheers,
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Merijn Broeren | Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavour of life,
Software Geek  | take big bites. Moderation is for monks.
   |