Re: e-smith

2001-06-18 Thread Neil Ford

On Mon, Jun 18, 2001 at 12:56:15PM +0100, David Cantrell wrote:
 On Mon, Jun 18, 2001 at 12:12:33PM +0100, Cross David - dcross wrote:
 
  I see that the new edtion of Linux Format comes with a copy of e-smith on
  the CD. According to the blurb, e-smith is a complete, easy to use and
  install server/gateway system that manages mail, firewalling,
  file-sharing, prinintg - everything you need from your server.
 
 Bleah.
 
Whilst it might not be what you're looking for, it is what any number of
small business are crying out for (even if they don't know it yet grin).

Now personally I'd rather hand build a box using FreeBSD but I can appreciate
someone having a go at producing a 'packaged' solution.

Once I have a spare box, I'll probably give e-smith a looksie, just to see
if it can teach me anything.

Neil.
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Re: YAPC::Europe

2001-06-15 Thread Neil Ford

On Fri, Jun 15, 2001 at 09:17:53AM +0100, Dean wrote:
 On Thu, Jun 14, 2001 at 06:56:35PM +, Redvers Davies wrote:
  Plane tickets are currently 37 quid return via easyjet...
 
 Are there any plans for a group of London PMer's to fly over together or is
 the whole thing going to be ad hoc? 
 
Needing to get things sorted, we've booked our flights already. I know at
least one other London.pmer is on the same flight as us (Easyjet from
Gatwick, 14:45 Wednesday 1st).

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Re: YAPC::Europe (Ignore this request)

2001-06-15 Thread Neil Ford

On Fri, Jun 15, 2001 at 03:30:36PM +0100, Greg McCarroll wrote:
 * Struan Donald ([EMAIL PROTECTED]) wrote:
  * at 15/06 14:41 +0100 Greg McCarroll said:
   
   Ok, ignore this request now. Also thanks to Simon Wilcox. for helping me out 
   here.
   
   I also believe others are flying on this flight, so it looks like we have
   the official flight for London.pm ;-) and thanks to Jouke we can claim
   to have an official London.pm hotel - with minibars and minigolf
  
  somehow i just can't see offical hotel of london.pm being used in
  the marketing material...
 
 site of the 2001 mini golf riot
 
 may not go down well either, i'm not curious how much of the hotel
 we can take up
 
 will we get our own floor?
 
 do we have enough airports to give us a private lan?
 
If we did, who'd pick up the phone bill?

If I pack enough laptops we could have our own irc server though :-)

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[fwd] Group booking AC Hotel

2001-06-14 Thread Neil Ford

For those not on the yapc europe mailing list.
(you will need to subscribe to register interest in this though).

Neil.

- Forwarded message from Jouke Visser [EMAIL PROTECTED] -

Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2001 16:34:10 +0200
From: Jouke Visser [EMAIL PROTECTED]
To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Subject: Group booking AC Hotel

As posted before, if anyone wants to use the possibility of a discount hotel-booking, 
please reply to the list. If we get enough people to stay for enough nights, we can 
get a group discount.

Jouke Visser
YAPC::Europe Sponsoring


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Re: [fwd] Group booking AC Hotel

2001-06-14 Thread Neil Ford

On Thu, Jun 14, 2001 at 05:05:53PM +0100, Neil Ford wrote:
 For those not on the yapc europe mailing list.
 (you will need to subscribe to register interest in this though).
 
 Neil.
 
For anyone interested, here's a URL on the hotel (it's long I'm afraid).

http://www.bookings.nl/hotels/acamsterdam?area_key=cityavail_key=onclass=3class_key=onid=11lang=ukoffers_key=onplace=Amsterdamsbd=1sbm=8sed=6sem=8state=The+Netherlandsx=77y=10via=search

Neil.

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Re: YAPC::Europe Registration

2001-06-12 Thread Neil Ford

On Tue, Jun 12, 2001 at 10:57:51AM +0100, Cross David - dcross wrote:
 
 I see that registration for YAPC::Europe has opened.
 
 http://www.yapc.org/Europe/registration.html
 
 They've also accepted both my Perl for the People and Creating Data
 Output Files Using the Template Toolkit talks :)
 
 Dave...
 
So who's registered then? ;-)

Neil.
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[fwd] Fwd: [Gllug] Geeknic - 17th June

2001-06-11 Thread Neil Ford

- Forwarded message from Gordon Joly [EMAIL PROTECTED] -

Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2001 13:24:11 +0100
From: Gordon Joly [EMAIL PROTECTED]
To: The Squack Shaque [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Subject: Fwd: [Gllug] Geeknic  - 17th June


Fowarded with permission. Please rdist widely

Gordo


From: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Subject: [Gllug] Geeknic  - 17th June
Date: Wed, 06 Jun 2001 17:28:05 +0100

The Geeknic is planned for Sunday 17th June.
Please, please  publicise this to all the lists and newsgroups you know.

The more the merrier!

What - the Geeknic is a Geek Picnic.

Date - Sunday 17th June

Time - 12:30  onwards (I thought of 12:00 but that might be too early)

Place - General Wolff's Statue, adjacent to the Observatory, Greenwich
Park
 (this is a terrace overlooking London, right next to the
one o'clock time signal)

Bring - picnic food, cool drinks, and lashings of ginger beer
Plus sun screen and hats (ha! bet it rains)

Activities - bring frisbees, softball, kites, nerf guns and any other
fun things to do.

Alternate activities - there is a craft market in Greenwich, and nice
restaurants and pubs for later on

Computing - palmtops and laptops OK, but these shouldn't form the focus
of the day.
   I may well have a car there, so we could
consider hauling in a power supply.

Facilities - there are toilets in the park, plus ice cream stands and a
rather pricey cafe

How to find us - follow the sign of the Inflatable Penguin
(seriously though, we should be in the
vicinity of the observatory. IT won't be too hard to
  spot a bunch of geeks and inflatable
penguins in Greenwich Park)


If you are unsure about finding the place, we can swap mobile numbers
off list.




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Sony Clie (was Re: Social meet)

2001-06-07 Thread Neil Ford

On Thu, Jun 07, 2001 at 10:45:09AM +0100, Robert Shiels wrote:
 From: Greg McCarroll [EMAIL PROTECTED]
  
 
  i'm 07957 386 815
 
  i'm also going to be free this afternoon after about 2 ish (ill
  switch the phone on then) so if anyone wants to meet up before
  the meeting give me a bell
 
 Between 5 and 6pm I'll be wandering up and down TCR looking for a new PDA.
 Sony Clie is my preferred choice at the moment. If anyone knows a good shop,
 or is good at haggling and wants to help, I'm on 07801 814138.
 
 /Robert
 
I would strongly suggest you check out the Palm M500/505 as they come in the
lovely Palm V form factor but have an expansion slot (taking both Secure
Digital and Multimedia cards)
http://www.palm.com/products/accessories/expansioncards/

or alternatively the Handera (formerly TRG) 330, which uses the Palm III
form factor, supports existing Palm III peripherals but has both a Compact
Flash and a SD slot for expansion!
http://www.handera.com/

Oh yeah, and it's got a real speaker :-)

Neil.
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Re: BUFFY - SPOILERS , DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN SKY 1 LAST NIGHT

2001-06-03 Thread Neil Ford

On Sat, Jun 02, 2001 at 04:45:45PM +0100, Leo Lapworth wrote:
 On Sat, Jun 02, 2001 at 08:19:56AM +0100, Dave Cross wrote:
  On Sat, Jun 02, 2001 at 07:47:00AM +0100, Greg McCarroll 
([EMAIL PROTECTED]) wrote:
   
   
   
   *SPOILER ALERT* *SPOILER ALERT* *SPOILER ALERT* *SPOILER ALERT* 
   *SPOILER ALERT* *SPOILER ALERT* *SPOILER ALERT* *SPOILER ALERT* 
   *SPOILER ALERT* *SPOILER ALERT* *SPOILER ALERT* *SPOILER ALERT* 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   Well what about last night? Buffy no more? Well I'm pretty sure she
   will be back, my reasoning - they played the normal end of show credits/
   theme tune, if they had of killed the character off, there would of been
   a special ending. Mind you, when I explained this theory to the wife she
   used the phrase ``clutching at straws''
  
  Well, how about the argument that SMG has singed up for two more series?
  
 I've been told (*prays this is not true*) that SMG signed up for two
 more series but has a clause that if Univeral Pictures produce it she
 is not oblidged to do them (as apparently she didn't want to work for
 Universal).
 
 So, this could be an ending to make sure she and Univeral have
 time to work it out...
 
 i just hope I have been mis-informed.
 
Trying to remember where I read this (probably Heat) but SMG *had* said she
wouldn't stay with the show if it moved from WB to UPN. 

Quick bit of digging and I've found the following;
[Heat Magazine, 19-25 May 2001]
The producers of Buffy, Fox TV, have offered ridiculous soundbites to justify
switching TV networks in the US. The WB, home to Buffy since it's inception,
did not match the passion and vision demonstrated by rival network UPN,
which has secured the show for two years. The fact that UPN bid a total of
$22 million more than WB wasn't mentioned by Fox.

UPN sontinued to show it's vision and passion with the $50,000 gift
baskets it sent eight Buffy cast regulars to welcome them to their new
network - which included Cristal champagne and a Cartier watch, Sarah
Michelle Gellar - who once said she'd quit Buffy if it left WB, then retracted
the comments - was given a Gucci necklace.

Heat may not always be the most reliable rag, but it's ususally fairly
accurate on this stuff.

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Re: bad greg

2001-05-30 Thread Neil Ford

On Wed, May 30, 2001 at 08:27:19AM +0100, Greg McCarroll wrote:
 
 i'm sorry about asking this, but i've purged too many old archives
 of london.pm to find this one - someone one once mentioned a domain
 name registry with a neat web based management system for handling
 the dns wizardry afterwards - could they please remind me of the
 url?
 
www.blackcatnetworks.co.uk

FreeBSD users, Debian committers, OpenSRS registry (can do .co.uk's too),
recommended to me by Mr Couzens, at least one other person on this list
co-los with them, they have clue, all-round nice guys.

Neil.
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Re: [PUB] Possible candidate

2001-05-30 Thread Neil Ford

On Wed, May 30, 2001 at 10:00:05AM +0100, Simon Wistow wrote:
 Was meandering aimlessly round by Southwark/ Blackfriar's Bridge/ Tate
 Modern area last night and ended up in a very nice pub by the river
 called Doggets Coat and Badge. I have the manager's business card at
 home.
 
 Nice beer (Speckled Hen, IPA, Pride), quiet, by the river, tasteful
 decor, few stairs, mercifully Barley free. Named after the oldest rowing
 race in the world (or vice versa) which started in 1721 and is still
 raced today.
 
Only one question food?

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Re: bad greg

2001-05-30 Thread Neil Ford

On Wed, May 30, 2001 at 11:09:28PM +0100, Simon Cozens wrote:
 On Wed, May 30, 2001 at 05:55:39PM +0100, Neil Ford wrote:
  Mr Couzens
 
 Die, alien slime!
 
My apologies was typed in a hurry on a tube train and I didn't double
check before it got sent when I got home.

100 x I must check the spelling of people's surnames before hitting send

Neil.
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Re: [Announce] Hackspoitation film fest

2001-05-23 Thread Neil Ford

On Wed, May 23, 2001 at 01:53:54PM +0100, Simon Wistow wrote:
 (http://www.twoshortplanks.com/simon/filmfest/)
 
 Time for yet another movie marathon since people have been carping on 
 about it grin and this time it's the long awaited 
 hacksploitation night - exploring the interesting and, umm, tenuous 
 relationship that the silver screen has with the hacker (and cracker)
 lifestyle.
 
 The Time : Sunday, 27th of May. About 2pm. 
 (although I don't mind doing it earlier or later)
 
Would love to have made this but too much on this weekend and making the
technical meeting on Saturday means the rest of the weekend has to be spent
being productive.

 Line up so far will come from ...
 
   o Hackers
   o War Games
   o Antitrust
   o Takedown

Bugger, there's two on there I haven't yet seen and I can always watch
Hackers.
 
 
 No, 'The Net' does not count.
 
 If anybody has any of these ...
 
   o Sneakers

Had I been able to locate my copy you would have been more than welcome
to borrow it it would appear mine's in storage. If I get a chance before
Saturday I'll try and track it down.

Neil.
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Re: TPC talk practice / technical meet

2001-05-22 Thread Neil Ford

On Mon, May 21, 2001 at 11:34:21PM +0100, Leon Brocard wrote:
 Neil Ford sent the following bits through the ether:
 
  Will you be requiring a projector for this?
 
 Yes please! Will you be coming down or can we send someone to borrow
 your projector for the day? ;-)
 
 ps looks like Simon Cozens will be coming down and giving a few talks
 too
 
Nat's quite keen to attend and I've kinda offered to give Jo a hand sorting
out getting the new disk in Penderel, so it looks like we can transport
the projector ourselves.

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Re: FHM Top 100 Sexiest Women

2001-05-21 Thread Neil Ford

On Mon, May 21, 2001 at 01:26:43PM +0100, Lucy McWilliam wrote:
 
 On 20 May 2001, Piers Cawley wrote:
 
  Neil Ford [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:
   Just picked up the latest FHM to check out the above mentioned list...
   The interesting bits are as follows;
  The really interesting bit was Mr Ford dancing around in his living
  room crowing because Sara Cox had read his name out on the radio.
 
 Just exactly *why* had Sara Cox read Neil's name out?
 
I was going to stay out of this one, but in order to make sure the facts
remain straight, I will answer this one.

On her show on Friday she was going on about being No 68 on the list but
she hadn't actually seen the magazine so didn't know what they had said
about her.

So being a sad muppet (there you go, I've said it), I typed up what was in
the mag and emailed it to her. 

She read out the email and said Thank You.

Neil.
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Re: TPC talk practice / technical meet

2001-05-21 Thread Neil Ford

On Mon, May 21, 2001 at 07:12:51PM +0100, Leon Brocard wrote:

[stuff about TPC/YAPC talk practice, all snipped]

Will you be requiring a projector for this?

Neil.
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FHM Top 100 Sexiest Women

2001-05-17 Thread Neil Ford

Just picked up the latest FHM to check out the above mentioned list...

The interesting bits are as follows;

At no. 11, Sarah Michelle Geller

At no. 10, Alyson Hannigan!!!

Nuff said :-)

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Re: FHM Top 100 Sexiest Women

2001-05-17 Thread Neil Ford

On Thu, May 17, 2001 at 08:54:12PM +0100, Martin Ling wrote:
 On Thu, May 17, 2001 at 07:36:12PM +0100, Neil Ford wrote:
  
  Just picked up the latest FHM to check out the above mentioned list...
  
  The interesting bits are as follows;
  
  At no. 11, Sarah Michelle Geller
  
  At no. 10, Alyson Hannigan!!!
  
  Nuff said :-)
 
 Oh, you bastards. You utter, utter, utter bastards.
 
 I'm going to have to actually *buy*, and furthermore be seen non-dead
 with, a copy of FHM now. London PM, you are sick, twisted and evil
 people.
 
The thing comes in a bloody big cardboard box ffs! Makes checking it out a 
real pain.

If you're getting it for the piccies, I would suggest you don't bother.
Whilst SMG gets a full page, the picture of Miss Hannigan is small and a
reprint of one of the ones from the photo shoot she did for FHM last year.

Neil.
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Re: Enough!

2001-05-16 Thread Neil Ford

On Tue, May 15, 2001 at 10:41:03PM +0100, David Cantrell wrote:
 On Tue, May 15, 2001 at 08:59:32PM +0100, Martin Ling wrote:
  On Tue, May 15, 2001 at 05:43:52PM +0100, David Cantrell wrote:
   
nokia 9210
   
   Which is still, AFAIK, unobtainium.
  
  I know someone who knows someone who has a test model - I'll prod on
  programmability.
 
 Greg has (had?) one to play with.  It is programmable.
 
Had is the correct tense, seeing as Mr McCarroll is currently resting between
engagements. 

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Re: Long Dark Teatime of the Soul

2001-05-12 Thread Neil Ford

On Sat, May 12, 2001 at 11:56:48AM +0100, Dave Hodgkinson wrote:
 
 http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/uk/newsid_1326000/1326657.stm
 
Unfortunately I got the phone call at 7:10 this morning :-(

Definitely a strange day.

Neil.
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Re: Monitors

2001-05-11 Thread Neil Ford

On Fri, May 11, 2001 at 04:22:04PM +0100, Dominic Mitchell wrote:
 How many things do you have on top of your monitor?
 
 -Dom
 
Zero but then things don't really sit too well on the powerbook's lcd or
on the 15 lcd I've got :-)

Neil.
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Re: Buffy musings ...

2001-05-09 Thread Neil Ford

On Tue, May 08, 2001 at 06:34:18PM +0100, Dean wrote:

 PS Do we have any news on the YAPC::Europe talks that were recorded?
 
The video tapes are with a friend of Jo's being encoded. However they've been
in that state for a while :-) so maybe it's time to check their status.

I'll report back.

Neil.
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Re: [OT] Flecktones in London next month

2001-04-30 Thread Neil Ford

On Fri, Apr 20, 2001 at 08:50:52AM -0600, Nathan Torkington wrote:
 My favourite band in the whole world, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones,
 plays in London.  I urge you to see them.  It's an unholy blend of
 jazz, rock, and bluegrass.  They have *the* best electric bass player
 in the entire world, *the* best banjo player, and the best whatever
 that thing that makes drum sounds is 'cos it sure isn't a drum kit
 player.
 
 http://www.flecktones.com/dates.html
 
 5/1/2001  Dingwalls   London, England
 5/2/2001  Pizza Express   London, England

I can now confirm this is at The Pizzaexpress Jazz Club, 10 Dean Street, Soho,
London W1 - Reservations: 020 7439 8722 (the new listings arrived this
morning!).

Of course, this being the evening the tube strike starts, getting there and
back could be fun.

Neil.
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Re: OS X MySQL

2001-04-29 Thread Neil Ford

On Sat, Apr 28, 2001 at 09:09:21PM -0700, Paul Makepeace wrote:
 
 How many people here use OS X? Develop for it? (Even vaguely). Recommend
 any small-ish clued in lists to join? The omnigroup ones are too huge.
 If anyone's interested, I'll host the list if nothing's out there.
 (I just bought a cool(ish) domain for it too, OSXphiles.com :-)
 
Yes, I'm using it (again :-) ), not developing for it though. Haven't found
any good lists, I hang out on the London Macintosh User Group lists which has
a few clueful people on it.

A dedicated OSX list might be a good idea.

Neil.
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Re: require Module; and filehandles

2001-04-27 Thread Neil Ford

On Fri, Apr 27, 2001 at 01:31:38PM +0200, Philip Newton wrote:
 Jonathan Stowe wrote:
  And hide the test failures if you are running on SCO OpenServer or
  Unixware  (see p5p passim) :)
 
 Does anyone still run SCO? Thought they'd all died.
 
Well the last place I worked that ran OpenSewer did get closed down, though
the fact it was running SCO wasn't a factor in it's demise :-)

I know that Virgin Cosmetics run SCO (they run the same software we did) and
I suspect there are many more pyramid selling^W^Wdirect marketing companies
doing the same.

So not all dead yet. Heck I even list OpenSewer amongst the products I'll
work with. well somebody has too :-)

Neil.
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Re: [OT] Flecktones in London next month

2001-04-20 Thread Neil Ford

On Fri, Apr 20, 2001 at 04:54:14PM +0100, Paul Mison wrote:
 On 20/04/2001 at 16:47 +0100, Jonathan Stowe wrote:
 On Fri, 20 Apr 2001, Nathan Torkington wrote:
 
  5/2/2001   Pizza Express   London, England
 
 Which Pizza Express ?
 
 As far as I know the only one that does live jazz is the one on Dean
 Street.
 
Ummm not any more :-)

23 Bruton Place and 99 High Holborn both do jazz now.

Unfortunately the listing I have only covers March and April so I can't check
which one they are at.

Now somewhere we have complimentary tickets to the Jazz Club (one perk of
membership of their club), maybe this would be a good time to use them.

Neil.



Re: The Natives are Revolting

2001-04-19 Thread Neil Ford

On Wed, Apr 18, 2001 at 04:10:15PM -0700, Paul Makepeace wrote:
 
 Is it just me or is OS X's sendmail broken out of the box?
 Apr 18 16:10:03 localhost sendmail[578]: My unqualified host name (localhost) 
unknown; sleeping for retry
 
Have to be honest and didn't bother finding out. One of the first things I did
was install the port of Postfix which completely replaced sendmail. Then I 
just copied across my config file :-)

I think some of sendmail's problems are to do with getting Netinfo set-up
properly, but I'm not sure abd could be talking out of somewhere fundemental.

Neil.



Re: Beginners Guide

2001-04-19 Thread Neil Ford

On Thu, Apr 19, 2001 at 12:33:59PM +0100, David Cantrell wrote:
 On Thu, Apr 19, 2001 at 12:06:02PM +0100, Greg McCarroll wrote:
 
  hard to say [BBC channels] are normally given free if you subscribe to one
  premier channel
 
 If your telly has a built-in digital decoder, then the BBC channels will
 be free, and you won't need cable or a satellite dish.
 
 IANABBCE and IANADTVE
 
 but possibly not by the time the whole UK has gone digital 

Don't be suprised if by then the abolishment of the licence fee hasn't been
announced and that the BBC hasn't announced subscription charges for it's
services. Better that than the Beeb starts carrying ads.

The BBC are definitely working towards the licence fee being withdrawn at some
point by some government (hence all the curfuffle over ads on bbc.com), so
alternative forms of financing will need to be sort.

The above is of course conjecture on my part (I'm not Greg Dyke) but is based
on knowledge gained during the BBC's recent acquisition of certain assets of
a certain dot.com. :-)

How this would work with radio I have no idea.

Neil.



Re: The Natives are Revolting

2001-04-18 Thread Neil Ford

On Wed, Apr 18, 2001 at 10:20:51PM +0100, Dave Cross wrote:
 At 22:13 18/04/2001, Jonathan Stowe wrote:
 On Wed, 18 Apr 2001, Dave Cross wrote:
 
   At 21:39 18/04/2001, David Cantrell wrote:
   On Wed, Apr 18, 2001 at 09:30:56PM +0100, Greg McCarroll wrote:
   
 * Dave Cross ([EMAIL PROTECTED]) wrote:
 
  http://www.cookwood.com/cgi-bin/lcastro/perlbbs.pl?read=4453
 

 JS! stop it i'm replying!
   
   LOL at Greg's post.
  
   Greg++
  
 
 You've upset them now :
 
 http://www.cookwood.com/cgi-bin/lcastro/perlbbs.pl?read=4473
 
 I dunno. You try to do a nice thing for people
 
 Some of the most fun on the board can be found by reading member's personal 
 profiles:
 
 bk:http://www.cookwood.com/cgi-bin/lcastro/perlbbs.pl?profile=bk
 Chris: http://www.cookwood.com/cgi-bin/lcastro/perlbbs.pl?profile=chris
 
One does have to wonder about someone called [EMAIL PROTECTED] :-)
Kinda say's it all

Neil.



Re: The Natives are Revolting

2001-04-18 Thread Neil Ford

On Wed, Apr 18, 2001 at 10:20:51PM +0100, Dave Cross wrote:
 
 I dunno. You try to do a nice thing for people
 
 Some of the most fun on the board can be found by reading member's personal 
 profiles:
 
 bk:http://www.cookwood.com/cgi-bin/lcastro/perlbbs.pl?profile=bk
 Chris: http://www.cookwood.com/cgi-bin/lcastro/perlbbs.pl?profile=chris
 
And interestingly they both have websites hosted on virtualave.net u

(Okay I was bored and followed the links)

Neil.



Re: The Natives are Revolting

2001-04-18 Thread Neil Ford

On Thu, Apr 19, 2001 at 12:03:20AM +0200, Marcel Grunauer wrote:
 
 (Apologies if this comes through as HTML mail - i'm trying to get mail 
 set up on OS X, but can't get nmh to work, so I'm using OS X's Mail at 
 the moment. Will hack tools in Perl, though.)
 
Use Mutt :-) You'll have to re-compile ncurses (the port is b0rked :-( ), but
it works lovely.

Neil.



Re: London.pm List Weekly Summary 2001-04-09

2001-04-11 Thread Neil Ford

On Wed, Apr 11, 2001 at 01:17:37PM +0100, dcross - David Cross wrote:
 From: Leon Brocard [EMAIL PROTECTED]
 Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2001 1:00 PM
 
  The social meeting last week was a lot of fun, if a little
  crazy. However, we really need to start organising the meetings (hey,
  even Lonix is more organised!), as it was too loud and crowded:
 
 Not sure I like the idea of 'organised' social meetings. Sounds a bit too
 'SPUG' to me. However, I'm quite happy to listen to any alternative
 opinions.
 
SPUG don't have organised social meetings, every meeting is a technical
meeting.

I think what Leon was refering to, was getting organised of finding a good
reliable venue.

Neil.
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Re: Wavelan

2001-04-10 Thread Neil Ford

On Mon, Apr 02, 2001 at 07:29:56PM +, Robin Szemeti wrote:
 
 my current plan of attack is probably 2 lucent/orinoco wavelan 128/RC4
 cards .. one in the laptop .. one in the border router machine on an ISA
 adaptor .. one guy I spoke to reckoned it would work .. another reckoned
 I was an idjut (well we knew _that_ already ..) and you had to have a
 'access point' not just two wavelan cards .. dunno which to believe as
 half the access points just have a wavelan card in them anyway ... I do
 know that they are piss expensive over here .. might wait till I go to
 the states ... 
 
Better late than never, check out 
http://www.live.com/wireless/unix-base-station.html
which looks like exactly what you want to achieve.

Got this link from the Bay Area Wireless User Group pages 
(http://www.bawug.org) which also look like quite a cool resource.

The perl script to do stuff with wireless scanning and GPS had me salivating
:-) Time to buy an eTrek I think.

Neil.
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Re: Wavelan

2001-04-10 Thread Neil Ford

On Tue, Apr 10, 2001 at 02:36:31PM +0100, Andrew Bowman wrote:
  From:   Neil Ford [SMTP:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
  The perl script to do stuff with wireless scanning and GPS
  had me salivating :-) Time to buy an eTrek I think.
 
 Where was GPS mentioned? I had a good hunt round (by myself and with the
 assistance of the Altavista host: search parameter) but couldn't find it.
 
 Thanks,
 
 Andrew.
 
It's in the mailing list archive;
http://lists.bawug.org/pipermail/wireless/2001-April/000679.html

This link was also in last weeks NTK.

Neil.
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Re: Torvalds not impressed with OS X

2001-04-09 Thread Neil Ford

On Mon, Apr 09, 2001 at 08:22:39AM +, Robin Szemeti wrote:
 On Sat, 07 Apr 2001, you wrote:
  On Sat, Apr 07, 2001 at 08:30:07AM +0100, Rob Partington wrote:
   I mostly like MacOS X, but it is way too resource hungry.  I shouldn't
   need 64M to run a GUI and Unix comfortably, that's just crap.  
  
  It's not just *any* GUI though, it's a GUI that does genie-in-a-bottle
  minimise/restore! Oh yes!
 
 hmm .. a bit too windows 98 for me I'm afraid .. 
 
Oi! Watch it! That's grounds for a kicking almost :-)

 personally the ultimate task of any minimise/restore function should  be
 to get a window on or off the dispaly as fast as possible ... slowly
 attempting some graphical wizardry whilst chewing up CPU resources its
 not one of the things I lust after .. but YMMV :)

It should be pointed out that a lot, if not all, of Mac OS X's graphical
wizardry can be turned off, although admittedly Apple haven't necessarily
included the tools to do so by default. But then as I keep saying, Mac OS X is
a consumer OS especially to idi^H^H^Hmummies and daddies!

The slow-mo genie effect whlst playing a quicktime movie (fast processors only
need apply!) is a nice demonstration feature. At consumer evens it gets lots
of ooohs and ahhhs. It however in't something that most same people would use
day to day.
 
Neil.
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Re: Technical Meeting - 19th April

2001-04-09 Thread Neil Ford

On Mon, Apr 09, 2001 at 04:09:14PM +0100, dcross - David Cross wrote:
 
 If anyone doesn't know (or has forgotten), there will be a technical meeting
 on Thursday 19th April. It will be at State 51[1] and we'll start at about
 7pm. Details on how to get to State 51 will appear on the web site... er...
 soon.
 
Ummm forewarned is forearmed Nat and I might not be able to make this
which means getting hold of the projector might be a problem :-(

If someone wants to pop down to West Sussex to collect it they are more than
welcome, unfortunately I'm not travelling into London as much as I was.

Neil.
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Re: Torvalds not impressed with OS X

2001-04-09 Thread Neil Ford

On Mon, Apr 09, 2001 at 05:03:35PM -0400, Chris Devers wrote:

[snip]
 
Luckily, Apple included a way to change the genie effect, but
   chose not to put it into a GUI tool at this time. I'm sure
   someone will have one written within a week, but for now,
   here's how you do it. Open a terminal session (the Terminal
[snip]

Look for TinkerTool, GUI front-end not only to do this but to allow you to
show the hidden directories in the Finder, put the Trash on the desktop,
change the transprancy of Terminal windows and a whole lot more.

Look on VersionTracker (http://www.versiontracker.com) or Stepwise
(http://www.stepwise.com) for the latest version.

Neil
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Re: the 2nd best london.pm meeting of all time

2001-04-06 Thread Neil Ford

On Fri, Apr 06, 2001 at 10:00:17AM +0100, Greg McCarroll wrote:
 
 I nominate last night as the 2nd best social meeting of all time, just
 behind the TVR train and toilet seat nicking of a previous meeting.
 
 The stolen wine by the thames at 1am was a particularly nice feature.
 
Not wishing to be a sourpuss but personally last night was one of the worst
social meetings ever. The noise level, being unable to hear people, the lack
of space, unavailability of food, etc. made it one of the least pleasent
venues we've used. I wasn't at all unhappy about leaving early. However I 
suspect I'm in the minority.

I can imagine The Anchor is a great pub in the summer when you can sit out by
the river.

Neil.



Re: Appalling vampire joke

2001-04-05 Thread Neil Ford

On Thu, Apr 05, 2001 at 01:51:45PM -0700, Paul Makepeace wrote:
 What the hell, it's no less than you deserve...
 
 Paul
 
 
 One day Dracula is walking down the street when suddenly 10 tons of
 smoked salmon sandwiches, sausage rolls, vol-au-vents, chicken wings,
 chipolatas, tomato salad, pizza slices and crisps descend on him from a
 great height and knock him to the ground.
 
 "Oh no!" he gasps with his dying breath
 
 "It's Buffet the Vampire Slayer!"
 
 
 Boom boom !
 


On Mon, 29 Jan 2001, Simon Wistow wrote:

 One day Dracula is walking down the street when suddenly 10 tons of
 smoked salmon sandwiches, bread rolls, pitted olives, chicken wings,
 chipolatas, tomato salad, pizza slices and crisps descends on him from a
 great height and knocks him to the ground.
  
  "Oh no!" he gasps with his dying breath
  
 
  
 "It's Buffet the Vampire Slayer."
 
Sometimes archiving london-pm has it's benefits. :-)

Neil.



Re: sub BEGIN {}

2001-04-04 Thread Neil Ford

On Wed, Apr 04, 2001 at 11:06:14AM +0100, Martin Ling wrote:
 On Tue, Apr 03, 2001 at 10:28:24PM +0100, Dean S Wilson wrote:
  
  Stick with drunks, it'll save time. And the meetings on Thursday so
  you announced yourself just in time! ;)
 
 I'm not sure I'll be able to make it though - I've got things to prepare
 for this talk at GLLUG on Saturday.
 
Details? Location? URL?

Neil.
(who proabably ought to stay home this weekend, but. )



Re: Crazy Idea

2001-04-04 Thread Neil Ford

On Wed, Apr 04, 2001 at 11:53:09AM +0100, Simon Wilcox wrote:
 At 11:33 04/04/2001 +0100, Chris Heathcote wrote:
 on 4/4/01 11:27 am, Simon Wilcox wrote:
 
 c.
 (who also used to cut live mains cables with secateurs, for fun)
 
 Which reminds me of the time someone shorted out a mains socket with a 
 paper clip "to see what happened".
 
 Scared the hell out of the teacher :-)
 
 Ahh, the old days. Nostalgia isn't what it used to be..
 
Or the case of taking the wire from inside a scalextric hand controller,
attaching on end to a sucker, affixing that to one side of a door frame,
stretching across to make a trip wire and being short of something to anchor
it with the other side, wrapping the remaining wire around the pins of a mains
plug and pluging it in!

Apparantly I was discovered on the other side of the room imbeded in a
wardrobe. :-)

Neil.
(who knows better now)



Mail archiving scripts?

2001-04-04 Thread Neil Ford

Following on from recent topics, can anyone point me at any scripts to help
with breaking up mailbox files?

I did have one, but that used the From field which unfortunately get's munged
if you use Formail/Procmail to reprosses a mailbox. Ideally I'm looking for
something that uses the Date: field and would take as input a month and year,
e.g.: March 2001, a mailbox, e.g.: london-pm and create a new file of the 
mails matching those criteria, suitably named, say london-pm.2001.03.

Pointers to something suitable are fine but please bear in mind my perl is
rudimentary... okay it's non-existent :-)

Neil.



Reminder! [lmug-talk] Apple comes to town !

2001-04-03 Thread Neil Ford

- Forwarded message from Neil Ford [EMAIL PROTECTED] -

For those that might be interested.

Realised the date is missing from the email, it's tonight btw!

Neil.

To: lmug-talk [EMAIL PROTECTED]
From: Michael Corgan
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2001 16:38:58 +
Subject: [lmug-talk] Apple comes to town !

You might like to get in on the OS X act with LMUG. Apple UK are sending
their man to our April Forum meeting, at the Crown and Two Chairmen in Dean
Street W1.  Not only will he be demoing OS X, but we understand that a copy
will be given by Apple as a raffle prize !

So it will be well worth the 3 that non-members have to pay to get in !
Just be sure to be early if you don't want to stand all the evening.

Any more details that are required can be had via the LMUG web site.


--
Michael Corgan
Chairman
London Macintosh User Group

See us on www.lmug.org.uk

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Managing Director, Yet Another Computer Solutions Company
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/x-flowed
- End forwarded message -



Re: Mac OS X (was Re: mmm ... toys ..)

2001-03-28 Thread Neil Ford

On Wed, Mar 28, 2001 at 10:35:25AM -0800, Paul Makepeace wrote:
 On Wed, Mar 28, 2001 at 08:05:18AM +0100, Neil Ford wrote:
  On Tue, Mar 27, 2001 at 04:11:13PM -0800, Paul Makepeace wrote:
   I don't suppose anyone else chose 'root' as their primary account
   name during install?
   
   I did and am wondering if this is why my OS X installation is totally
   hosed  useless: I can't open folders in my (own!) Home (Insufficient
  
  That would be it. Root on Mac OS X is a special user that by default isn't
  enabled and doesn't have a home directory, etc.
  
  You probably need to re-install and choose a normal user name. This user will
 
 What, how about bin? Or mail? Or daemon? :-)
 
 OS X really shouldn't've let me use a system name. Doh!
 
Remember, OS X is an operating system especially designed for idi^H^H^Hmummies
and daddies.[1]

They are just going to put in their name. And why do you think /bin is hidden
in the finder? It would be the first thing to go in the trash if it wasn't.

Neil.

[1] obviously plagariesed reference. Anyone? ;-)

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Re: Mac OS X (was Re: mmm ... toys ..)

2001-03-27 Thread Neil Ford

On Tue, Mar 27, 2001 at 11:41:17AM +0100, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Mysql has been ported to OSX. You can find it at
 
   http://www-u.life.uiuc.edu/~mwvaugh/MacOSX/Packages/
 
 I was playing with it for a while and it seems fairly stable.
 The only real problem I had was installing DBD::mysql which
 couldn't find libraries etc. Finally I found a guide at
 
   http://invictus.usask.ca/macosx/
 
 and everything went hunkdory.
 
 Well that's my first post out the way, I'm going to go and hide again now.
 
 Steve

You should be ashamed sir, a first post that was vaguely on topic and helpful
into the bargain. What are things coming too :-)

Thanks for the info btw - most useful.

Neil.
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Re: Mac OS X (was Re: mmm ... toys ..)

2001-03-27 Thread Neil Ford

On Tue, Mar 27, 2001 at 04:11:13PM -0800, Paul Makepeace wrote:
 I don't suppose anyone else chose 'root' as their primary account
 name during install?
 
 I did and am wondering if this is why my OS X installation is totally
 hosed  useless: I can't open folders in my (own!) Home (Insufficient

That would be it. Root on Mac OS X is a special user that by default isn't
enabled and doesn't have a home directory, etc.

You probably need to re-install and choose a normal user name. This user will
be set up as an administrator and have pretty good access rights. For easy
access you can do 'sudo tcsh' or if you want to enable root via
Applications|Utilities|NetInfo - it's a menu option.

Neil.
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Fwd: [lmug-talk] Apple comes to town !

2001-03-20 Thread Neil Ford

For those that might be interested.

To: lmug-talk [EMAIL PROTECTED]
From: Michael Corgan
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2001 16:38:58 +
Subject: [lmug-talk] Apple comes to town !

You might like to get in on the OS X act with LMUG. Apple UK are sending
their man to our April Forum meeting, at the Crown and Two Chairmen in Dean
Street W1.  Not only will he be demoing OS X, but we understand that a copy
will be given by Apple as a raffle prize !

So it will be well worth the 3 that non-members have to pay to get in !
Just be sure to be early if you don't want to stand all the evening.

Any more details that are required can be had via the LMUG web site.


--
Michael Corgan
Chairman
London Macintosh User Group

See us on www.lmug.org.uk

-- 
Neil C. Ford
Managing Director, Yet Another Computer Solutions Company
[EMAIL PROTECTED]



Re: New Perl Stuff From O'Reilly

2001-03-15 Thread Neil Ford

Well, sort of. It's a repacking of some existing stuff - a second
edition of the Perl CD Bookshelf http://www.ora.com/catalog/perlcdbs2/

Looks like the contents of the new edition is:

* Programming Perl, 3rd Edition
* Perl for System Administration
* Perl in a Nutshell
* Perl Cookbook
* Advanced Perl Programming

Compare to the old edition which had:

* Perl in a Nutshell
* Programming Perl, 2nd Edition
* Perl Cookbook
* Advanced Perl Programming
* Learning Perl
* Learning Perl on Win32 Systems

What would _you_ have included?

Dave...

As a Perl novice I'd have to say the old version looks much better. 
Just replacing Programming Perl would have been enough.

If anyone does decide to 'upgrade' I'd be interested it taking their 
old copy off their hands.

Neil.
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Fwd: [lmug-talk] Drool time!

2001-03-09 Thread Neil Ford

Thought this might be of interest to some.

Neil.

To: "lmug talk yahoogroups.com" [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Date: Fri, 09 Mar 2001 04:42:43 -0800
Reply-To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Subject: [lmug-talk] Drool time!

Being sick, I should be asleep but I couldn't so I got up and did a little
computer work.

Just a short while ago, I finished installing OS X (Golden Master) on my new
PowerBook G4.  From the time I started the installation process until the
"Finder" appeared was exactly 20 minutes.  All you do is click a few
buttons, type in some answers to questions and sit back while the installer
does its thing.  VERY painless and no more difficult to install than was OS
8 or 9.  As a matter of fact, easier.

If you installed the Public Beta, I suggest that you reformat the drive and
install OS 9.1 (which will come with OS X when it's released).  Apple
doesn't require removing the PB, but it's a safe bet that with TWO new OSes
on the drive, it's a good idea.

You'll be surprised at how complete OS X is in spite of being incomplete
(some components such as DVD play didn't make the final release but are
promised in an update which should arrive shortly after the ship date).
There are a lot of utilities with which you're familiar (Disk First Aid and
Drive Setup combined into Drive Utility) but with new looks and
capabilities, as well as some new ones which you used to get from
third-party developers (Grab for screen captures, Preview for viewing PDF
and other file types).  There are also many new applications which are
"required" for OS X's plumbing but which the average user isn't "required"
to use.

Out of the box, OS X will recognize that it's connected to a DHCP server if
you're on a LAN or have a DSL setup.  It has built-in drivers for FireWire
and USB drives (although you cannot install OS X to them) and Apple, Epson
and Hewlett Packard printers.  Some one said that they hooked up a Brother
All-in-One and OS X recognized it.

Protected memory is one of the most important new features.  Having Internet
Explorer 5.1 Preview Edition (included on the CD) crash (oh, it will!) and
not have to worry about it (just restart it) is worth the price of
admission.

I'm currently typing this in Microsoft Entourage 2001 which is running in
the Classic environment.  I won't go into the differences between OS 9 and
Classic (it will be covered by others) but I don't notice any difference in
speed for most tasks under either environment.  Switching between the two is
seamless and transparent (if set up properly).

Contrary to the pre-Public Beta fears, there is almost nothing to worry
about with OS X.  Once the top apps are available in Carbon form, this
should be a killer product for Apple.  I don't know if it will ever gain the
huge market share that Apple hopes for, but it should, ultimately, at least
outsell Linux.  Once OS X Server is released (shortly after March 24, 2001),
Apple will finally have an Enterprise product line.  Unfortunately, it still
doesn't have an Enterprise strategy!

Bruce
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Re: Overheard on IRC

2001-02-27 Thread Neil Ford

ALL YOUR DCONWAY ARE BELONG TO US

yet another t-shirt idea methinks


Simon
[realising in the process that no-one ever suggested a t-shirt that said
'yet another t-shirt']

Do it Do it now!! :-)

Neil. (2 x as big as you can get please)
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Re: Overheard on IRC

2001-02-27 Thread Neil Ford

On or about Tue, Feb 27, 2001 at 10:46:18AM +, Simon Wistow typed:

yet another t-shirt idea methinks

any(@londonpm)

R

One wonders if we should just use some of Simon's designs to pay for the camel?

Neil.
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Re: Greetings

2001-02-23 Thread Neil Ford

Hello All ,

I've just moved to London from Bath and thought i should make contact with the
illustrious London.pm , so here I am .
Is there an FAQ for this mailing list ? I couldn't see one on the page .

Toodle-pip
Amias

London.pm FAQ

Question: Why?
Answer:   Because Dave Told Us To

Question: Anything else?
Answer:   http://london.pm.org

:-)

Meil.
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T-shirts for Monday

2001-02-23 Thread Neil Ford

This isn't a question about any possible plans to produce a new 
tshirt design for Monday :-) but rather

Are we going to try and get as many PIMB tshirts in the audiance for 
Monday? We could even get a photo with Damian?

Thoughts?
Neil.
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Re: T-shirts for Monday

2001-02-23 Thread Neil Ford

Neil Ford wrote:

  This isn't a question about any possible plans to produce a new
  tshirt design for Monday :-) but rather

Place said they couldn't do it in time. That doesn't rule out
Prontaprint though :)

Oh well, some other time maybe (for YAPC::Europe?).

  Are we going to try and get as many PIMB tshirts in the audiance for
  Monday? We could even get a photo with Damian?

I'll bring the 8 or so I have left as well.

Excellent. We should probably present one to Damian.

Neil.

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Fwd: [lmug-talk] Macworld Tokyo keynote at PC World

2001-02-16 Thread Neil Ford

For any macites who might be interested.

Neil.

From: Carmelo Manganaro [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Mailing-List: list [EMAIL PROTECTED];
Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2001 15:58:55 +
Subject: [lmug-talk] Macworld Tokyo keynote at PC World

Apple CEO, Steve Job's keynote speech from Macworld Tokyo will be streamed
live via satellite at PC World in Croydon on February 21, according to
Apple.
The store opens to customers at 11:30pm, the live link starts at 1:00am,
and Jobs will deliver his speech shortly after this. PC World will close
at 3am.
Japanese food, wine and beer will be available in honour of the Tokyo
event. There will be hands-on demonstrations and one-off special Mac deals
available during the night.
Macworld Tokyo is one of four major Apple events held around the world
each year.
Heidi Swain, category marketing manager for PC's at PC World, said: "This
event demonstrates PC World's commitment to bringing the latest technology
and products to the consumer first."


So who's coming?

Carmelo
--


The day Microsoft makes a product that DOESN'T
suck will be the day they make a vacuum cleaner.

   Do you know that there is a London Macintosh
   User Group in London? Point your Browser at:
http://www.lmug.org.uk

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Re: The Conway Lecture

2001-02-15 Thread Neil Ford

(please circulate this to any interested parties)

Forwarded to the UK FreeBSD User Group and the Brighton Linux User Group.

Neil.
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Re: The Conway Lecture

2001-02-15 Thread Neil Ford

Neil Ford wrote:

  (please circulate this to any interested parties)
  
  Forwarded to the UK FreeBSD User Group and the Brighton Linux User Group.

Brighton LUG - Where ?

http://www.brighton.lug.org.uk

It's a fairly dorment group but it does exist. The web page has 
details on how to join the mailing list.

Neil.
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Re: Technical Meeting 22nd Feb

2001-02-12 Thread Neil Ford

I'm assuming that Matt won't want to talk for the _whole_ evening :)
So anyone got a short talk they want to give as a support act?

Cheers,

Dave...

Related question:

What kit are we going to need for this? (projector, etc.).

Also what kit are we going to need for Damian's talk? (projector, PA, 
wireless microphones?)

Neil.
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Yet Another Computer Solutions Company
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Re: Technical Meeting 22nd Feb

2001-02-12 Thread Neil Ford

At Mon, 12 Feb 2001 10:59:55 +, Neil Ford [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
  I'm assuming that Matt won't want to talk for the _whole_ evening :)
  So anyone got a short talk they want to give as a support act?
  
  Cheers,
  
  Dave...

  Related question:

  What kit are we going to need for this? (projector, etc.).

I assume we'll need the usual. Projecter, Screen (or white wall!),
net connectivity. Can someone at Torrington please confirm which of
that list they can supply. Thanks.

  Also what kit are we going to need for Damian's talk? (projector, PA,
  wireless microphones?)

I'll be able to answer that better after I've visited tomorrow. I
strongly suspect that we'll be asking to borrow you prjector again tho'
Neil.

Shall I come along tomorrow?

Neil.
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Re: Technical Meeting 22nd Feb

2001-02-12 Thread Neil Ford

At Mon, 12 Feb 2001 15:25:34 +, Matthew Robinson 
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
  
   What kit are we going to need for this? (projector, etc.).
  
  I assume we'll need the usual. Projecter, Screen (or white wall!),
  net connectivity. Can someone at Torrington please confirm which of
  that list they can supply. Thanks.

  Sorry, been busy all morning.  We can supply either a screen or a
  white wall, not sure which yet but we will supply one or the other.
  So if somebody else can supply the projector that would be good.

Thanks Matt. I guess we'll impose on Neil for his projector again, if
that's ok :)

No probs projector booked.

Neil.

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Re: Technical Meeting 22nd Feb

2001-02-12 Thread Neil Ford

At 21:04 12/02/2001, Neil Ford wrote:
On Mon, Feb 12, 2001 at 10:59:55AM +, Neil Ford wrote:

   Also what kit are we going to need for Damian's talk? (projector, PA,
   wireless microphones?)

FWIW, damian has (IIRC) requested a vga connection for ny.

(will try to remember to confirm this at some point...)

Your best bet is to ask him.  That's what we did. :-)
I'll get Mr Cross to check then. Some of teh requirements are going 
to depend on the size of room we get. Something the size of the 
cinemas at the ICA and a PA and mics will almost be a necessity.

The room we're looking at holds 80-100 people, so that's borderline PA
territory in my book.

Something to check tomorrow. I'll stand at the back and you can do 
the Sub::Approx lightning talk :-)

And isn't the VGA connection a requirement for the projector? Or the 
laptop? Or
something other than the room itself?

I'll admit my message wasn't well written. What I meant was that if 
the room was titchy we wouldn't need a PA, etc. Might need a VGA 
extension cable regardless as the one on the projector isn't 
extremely long.

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Mailbox co-lo - honest opinions

2001-02-09 Thread Neil Ford

Well it looks like I have my first serious customer and I need to 
find a home for a machine for them.

My first instinct is to put the box in Mailbox as it'll be fairly low 
usage but with the recent outage to london.rhizo I'm concerned what 
Mailbox's record is like.

I have an alternative location but they require a 1U server which is 
going to greatly increase the inital cost.

I know a number of people on here have boxes at Mailbox, so I'd be 
interested to hear people's thoughts. On the list or by private email 
is fine.

Thanks in advance.

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Fwd: SPUG: YAPC::Europe is 8/2-4 in Amsterdam

2001-02-08 Thread Neil Ford

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SPUGsters,

They've finally announced the details of YAPC Europe, at
http://www.yapc.org/Europe, and there are flights from Seattle
to Amsterdam for as little as $408 today, according to my Yahoo
fare-watching service!

The "Call for Participation" is attached.  See you there!

-Tim
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* CALL FOR PARTICIPATION **

 European
Yet Another Perl Conference
 YAPC 2001

   http://www.yapc.org/Europe/

 Thursday-Saturday, August 2-4, 2001
   at the
 Hogeschool Holland
   Amsterdam, the Netherlands


  ** Abstract submission deadline:  June  1, 2001 **

Yet Another Perl Conference (YAPC) is an inexpensive ( 100 EURO) Perl
users and developers conference, with a mix of tutorials and
technical talks. The conference is set in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

YAPC began as a grassroots users conference, from discussions
among Perl Mongers, and has grown from there.  We would like
to invite you to join us for three days of Perl, people, and
demonstrations, at a price that shouldn't hurt your wallet.
There will be a limit of around 500 people for the conference.

A number of members of the Perl community are contributing to this
event.

Look at the main web page for more details --
 http://www.yapc.org/Europe


   *** CALL FOR PAPERS ***

Potential presenters should submit a 200-300 word abstract to

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in plain ASCII text or HTML by June 1st for consideration.
We would like your materials to be available online, but
that is not required.  If you have materials to include in
the proceedings, or course notes, please let us know of your
requirements in the abstract. If you have any special
presentation needs, please include them also.

The conference theme will be Security, so a portion of the the
talks will be about that subject in some way. So if you have some
knowledge of Perl related security issues, or use Perl in security
related areas, you're more then welcome to share this with fellow
Perl users at the conferece.

Suggestions :

*  writing secure Perl CGI programs
*  security bloopers
*  cryptography techniques
*  cryptography applications
*  security issues in past and coming versions of perl
*  How you use Perl to enhance security of your network or website
*  Modules useful in security
*  Whatever you find interesting that's Perl- and security related


A part of the time will be available for other Perl related subjects.
Suggestions for subjects:

*  Groupware, Agents, and Bots
*  Perl in the world of Windows
*  MacPerl
*  Perl for Speech and Language
*  Text and Document Processing
*  Machine Learning in Perl
*  HTML, XML, and Markup Languages
*  CGI and Web programming in Perl
*  Internet Programming
*  Database Interaction and Access with Perl
*  Scientific Computing (e.g. with PDL)
*  Practical Perl Programming
*  Module guts and usage on any particular Module.
*  Tutorials of all stripes: Modules, Objects, CPAN
*  Visionary or position papers on Perl, the past,
the present, and the future
*  Anything cool :)

We have the following time slots in our schedule, so your
contribution could have one of the following durations:

180 minute tutorials
90 minute talks
40 minute talks
25 minute talks
lightning talks (5 minutes)


Conference fees will be waived for presenters at yapc
(lightning talks excepted), so another way to reduce your
costs is to give a good talk on something you're excited about.


We are looking for sponsors. Please contact Liz and Eric
([EMAIL PROTECTED]) for information about how you can help
support YAPC Europe. Much of the necessary funding for YAPC
comes from the generous donations of our sponsors.



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Re: previous jobs

2001-02-01 Thread Neil Ford

so who else has had cool non-IT jobs in the past?

Operations Manager, Wizards of the Coast Limited

next best thing to being a crack dealer :-)

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Re: irc problems

2001-02-01 Thread Neil Ford

I can't get onto any of rhizomatic.net. Is anyone else having problems?

Michael

we're all there fine

in actuall fact as I type this you've just appeared :-)

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Re: Mark Thomas

2001-02-01 Thread Neil Ford

At Thu, 1 Feb 2001 10:57:11 +, Greg McCarroll 
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
  * Dave Cross ([EMAIL PROTECTED]) wrote:
   (Even more off-topic than usual)
  
   I've got four tickets for the filming of the Mark Thomas Product
   this Sunday. It's filmed in the pub at the end of my road, but I
   don't think I'll be around in time to go. You'd need to be in the
   pub for about 7:15pm to get decent seats, but the filming doesn't
   actually start until 9pm.
  
   I'll have them with me tonight if anyone wants to claim them.

  /me wants two - i assume the usual method of distribution applies

You can have two and Red gets the other two. I'll explain how it all
works tonight, but it'll be easier all round if the four of you could
meet in the pub before the show.

Are you sure you'll be back from Newark in time?

Well I know the Audi goes (yes, it can do 140mph! :-) ) but I'm not 
sure it'll do that 4up and anyway those tricks are best reserved for 
_very_ late a night.

As it is I was assuming we'd be working some of Sunday as well.

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Every OS Sucks

2001-01-31 Thread Neil Ford

Check out the latest from Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie (the people 
who bought you the Internet Helpdesk sketch).

http://artists.mp3s.com/artists/37/three_dead_trolls_in_a_bag.html?lang=eng

Most entertaining.

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RE: Another Template Toolkit Q

2001-01-29 Thread Neil Ford


Hang on, isn't there an actual Template Toolkit mailing list.

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There is? Well I know when I'm not wanted then :-)

Mark k.

Check http://www.tt2.org/info.html#lists for details.

And it's not that you're not wanted :-) it's more that you're likely 
to get more authorative answers there.

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Web site

2001-01-24 Thread Neil Ford

Dave

I know you've probably got load on at the mo, but the website still 
lists the February meeting as being at the PO. An update perhaps?

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Re: Web site

2001-01-24 Thread Neil Ford

At Wed, 24 Jan 2001 15:36:28 +, Neil Ford [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
  Dave

  I know you've probably got load on at the mo, but the website still
  lists the February meeting as being at the PO. An update perhaps?

Which page did you have in mind? It all looks up to date to me.

Dave..

The front page on Penderel (currently down I beleive) has a little 
calendar, list PO as the venue.

Or was I getting cached pages?

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Re: Consultancy company- Where do you want to go?

2001-01-22 Thread Neil Ford

On or about Mon, Jan 22, 2001 at 10:44:11AM +, Neil Ford typed:

That just has me conjering up images of turning up at a client site
in a big black van (screeching tyres obligatory) and either leaping
out laptops in hand or just unrollong some CAT5 and plugging into
their network :-)

Wireless, shurely? Just drive by and connect to their LAN...

That one had hit me after I'd hit send. Just plug in your airport and 
away you go.

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Re:

2001-01-22 Thread Neil Ford

is it still 12:30 at the new world today?

That does indeed seem to be the plan.

Neil.
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Conultancy discussion (was Re: TPC5)

2001-01-21 Thread Neil Ford

* Greg Cope ([EMAIL PROTECTED]) wrote:
  Andrew Bowman wrote:
  
   From: "Nathan Torkington" [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Timing in London is hard, because there aren't very many hotels
capable of supporting such an event.  It's quite amazing to us, in
fact, how difficult it has been to find a place to hold it in London.
  
   What sort of numbers are we talking about then?
  
   If you're prepared to consider locations a little out of central London
   there are lots of large hotels around Heathrow that have 
sizeable conference
   type facilities (also handy for the airport!).

  What about Brighton ;-)


potential london clients will be put off dealing with a company not in london

Seeing as this was about TPC, interesting subject change :-)

The obvious answer to this is "depends where your customers are". 
Being out side London works for my friend Nik, but then he's 
targetting customers to the south of London and along the South 
Coast. Customers in Central London would definitely prefer a 
consultancy so located.

i was thinking about consultancies, and there are really two types and
two types of person who want to be create each type. and those two types
can be summarised as the two Steves, the question is what are people trying
to do - create a Jobs or a Wozniak consultancy?

Interesting question. I have both men to thank for an awful lot (the 
Apple II got me into computing, the mac is by far my most favourite 
machine) and whilst I would quite like to meet both, Woz is 
definitely the man I identify with most.

Neil.
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Re: Hardware Upgrade Fund

2001-01-19 Thread Neil Ford

A quick reminder of something I mentioned last night.

The hardware spec for penderel (our server) is starting to show its age
(I don't know exactly what the specs are, but the box is at least 18
months old).

There are also a number of people who have expressed an interest in
joining the exclusive club of people who have accounts on the server.

The suggestion is, therefore, that we set up a hardware upgrade fund to
buy new bits for the server. Contributions would be set at 50 and
anyone contributing would gain the same rights on the box as the
origianl contributors.

I'm therefore looking for a volunteer to organise this. The organiser
would, of course, be given a free login on the server.

Anyone fancy it?

Dave...

As a comparison, here's the spec of Ourshack.com (which houses 
Template Toolkit amongst other projects). I don't think anyone's 
complained about performance just yet.

Pentium II 233MMX
320MB RAM (this we have upgraded)
14GB HD

Box is running Apache, Roxen, MySQL and all the regular stuff (named, 
mail, mailman), never seems to be heavily loaded.

So you might be quite surprised how little you need to add. The 
biggest expense may be some kind of backup device.

Neil.



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Re: Hardware Upgrade Fund

2001-01-19 Thread Neil Ford

On Fri, Jan 19, 2001 at 02:37:24PM -, Jonathan Peterson wrote:
   Personally I'd be happier if we had mirrored disks in there.
  I'd go for a backup system before a mirror, myself.

That could be good, too...

We definately need one of the two. (IMHO)

Michael

Well a tape drive would be easier and (for the most part) cheaper to 
install. For mirroring you're either going to need a raid controller 
or use software raid... how good is that under linux?

Seeing as access to the box is not currently an issue, tape changing 
can be done .

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Re: Consultancy company was [Job] BOFH wanted was: Re: Red Hatworm discovered

2001-01-19 Thread Neil Ford

Dave Hodgkinson [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:

  Piers Cawley [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:

   Big monitors on workstations are *not* rewards. They are essential
   tools for the job. Anything smaller than 19" is rapidly approaching
   too cramped for serious work. TFT monitors on workstations are
   rewards...

  19" on the first port of the G400, a TFT on the second?

Mmmm... so, when are we going to have a meeting about all this?

Well seeing as I will be amongst the great unwashed from next week, 
anytime soon would be good.

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Re: Holy War

2001-01-19 Thread Neil Ford

When I got home last night there were two big boxes from Dell waiting
in the middle of the lounge. This is my new 1400 Mhz Pentium IV,
256 Mb Turbo Bastard Nutter machine.

One of the (many) advantages of having a new box is that I'll be able
to do a completely fresh Linux install for the first time for many
years. My current box has been upgraded thru every version of Red Hat
since (I think) 4.1 to its current 7.0.

I could, of course, take the easy route and whack RH7 on it, but this
may be my best chance for some years to _easily_ switch distros.

So I'm looking for advice on the best distro to use. Bear in mind that
the existing box will currently become a firewall/proxy box so I'll
do all the paranoid security stuff on there.

Go for it. Give it your best shot.

Let battle commence.

Dave...

Well following recent discussions brought about by Jo's laptop 
purchase, I'd say the favour list goes something like this;

Debian
Slackware / SuSE
a deadrat derivitive (if you must)

No-one ever seems to mention TurboLinux or any of the minor distributions.

Of course I would strongly suggest investigating a BSD :-)

Neil.
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Re: apologies

2001-01-18 Thread Neil Ford

At Thu, 18 Jan 2001 10:54:40 +, Greg McCarroll 
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

  Apologies one and all,

  i am not going to be able to make it tonight, today is my first day
  back at work after some flu like illness. i had hoped to make it
  tonight but currently feel like matt wrights code,

OK. So we're now a speaker down. Anyone want to save the day by 
stepping in to give a 20 min talk - or do I have to talk about 
Symbol::Approx::Sub _again_?

Dave...

Well I have both The Matrix and MIB with me on DVD and a DVD capable 
powerbook..

Movie intermission anyone?

Neil.
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Re: [Job] BOFH wanted was: Re: Red Hat worm discovered

2001-01-18 Thread Neil Ford

Roger Burton West [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:

  On or about Thu, Jan 18, 2001 at 10:37:27AM +, Steve Mynott typed:

  RH/Slackware/Debian/Solaris/FreeBSD/NetBSD/OpenBSD are all fine
  systems but they need to be setup by someone who knows what they are
  doing in the same way that Perl has to be written by clueful
  programmers.

  And competent *ix system builders/admins are about as easy to find as
  clueful programmers. And certifications are about as useful in finding
  them.

Talking of which, having interviewed/seen/lunched a fair number of
perlmongers recently and then offered a bunch of Java weenies, I still
need a BOFH. Not just someone who can "do", but who has vision to
drive things forward. Like me, only more anally retentive and will do
the second 90% of any job :-)

Anyone know one?

Well kinda :-)

The money's only OK, but the toys are great :-)

I need to see thing how things pan out here and on a couple of other 
fronts first. Toys are always a good incentive.

And on the same lines...what with all these perlmongers on the market
right now, just bloody band together and start a consultancy.

Quite happy to consider that, doing the sysadminy / strategy / 
project management type stuff can't code perl for toffee I'm 
afraid.

Neil.
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RE:Consultancy company was [Job] BOFH wanted was: Re: Red Hatworm discovered

2001-01-18 Thread Neil Ford

[snip the first bit... all great]

Location
   A big pub in central London.
   Top floors: development
   Ground floor Pub: with comedy stand and terminal points for laptops

Purleese wireless is the only way to go. :-)

   Basement: disco / conference room, big flat screens etc..

I've got a contact who says he can get hold of a million or
so VC if this was an actually business plan, but then you
have to pay them back with interest and stuff.

Ok, it's all a pipedream.. but what a nice one.

So who's any good at business plans... (I have a book but)

Neil.
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Re: Feelers for London Open Source Convention

2001-01-17 Thread Neil Ford

David Cantrell writes:
  Linuxbierwanderung 2001.  To be held in Belgium but with a large UK
  contingent.  Date to be confirmed within the next couple of weeks, but
  will almost certainly be a week somewhere between 19 Aug and 8 Sept.  It
  would be *really* great - especially for intercontinental visitors - if
  your con could be immediately before or after the LBW.

The Amsterdam YAPC folks have a bunch of venues they're looking at,
but only some have given them specific dates they're free.  The only
dates they've been told about are for the week before the London
OScon.  I hope the L16G 2001 doesn't clash with either.

As I said, though, we're REALLY worried about Europeans being on
vacation and unable to attend.  We don't know much about the
mysterious habits of this strange and noble race, and would appreciate
your guesses as to their actions: will our attendance be buggered[1]
because those on the Continong will be sunning their lily-white
bottoms in the south of France instead of getting lilier-white by
hanging out with other open source geeks?[2]

Well I know Belgium effectively closes for a month but I can't 
remember if it's July or August (never _ever_ have a product that you 
can't meet demand for only produced in one place in the world and 
that being Belgium! It makes for a fun life, NOT! :-) ) and Paris 
does effectively shut down for a couple of weeks in August (Parisians 
go to the coast for their hols), so there is some precedent for 
saying Europe effectively shuts down for August.

I'm with Dave on the whole don't hold it in the UK thing, if I'm off 
to a conference I'd rather it was somewhere away from home. I'd have 
said The Netherlands but YAPC::Europe's bagged that one.

Was the choice of the UK because of possible language barriers?

Neil.

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Re: Feelers for London Open Source Convention

2001-01-17 Thread Neil Ford

* Dave Cross ([EMAIL PROTECTED]) wrote:
  At Wed, 17 Jan 2001 10:58:25 +, Tony Bowden 
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
   On Tue, Jan 16, 2001 at 02:54:50PM -0700, Nathan Torkington wrote:
We're planning a London Open Source Convention.  The dates we're
looking hard at now are August 20-23.  Are there any obvious clashes
  
   Depends on how quickly people can get back from Vancouver:
 http://www.geekcruises.com/home/ss_home.html

  Now that _could_ be a major problem. Damian, MJD and Randal are all
  on that cruise.


all we'd need to do is hire some terrorists to take over the cruise
ship and sale it across to london - of course someone should make
sure we shoot the cook before the operation starts, oh and fire
a couple of rounds into the birthday cake while your at it.

You don't wan't to do that, it's likely to be the only female on the 
ship. And anyway, we'd need something to keep Randal amused on the 
long trip (and it would be a _long_ trip from the Pacific Northwest 
to Europe).

Neil.
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Re: Feelers for London Open Source Convention

2001-01-17 Thread Neil Ford

At Wed, 17 Jan 2001 12:00:57 +, James Powell 
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

[Vienna]

  This means nothing to me, ohhh...

True pop fact: Vienna never made it to number one in the UK. It was 
help at number two for weeks, by Another Record.

Pop quiz: A pint on Thursday night to the first person to tell me 
what Another Record was.

Shut uppa your face by Joe Dolca (spelling is probably wrong but I 
can't be arsed to trawl the web to check.

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RE: Feelers for London Open Source Convention

2001-01-17 Thread Neil Ford

At Wed, 17 Jan 2001 12:18:12 -, Mark Kitching 
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

[Joe Dolce]

  Do any others watch those Top Ten blah programs on Ch4? I think I
  knew this due to watching the Top Ten Comedy records! Wow, I really
  must get out more.

And there's me thinking that you must be an old git like me who
remembers it happening :)

Everyone else was, of course, correct too. But Mark was fastest. I guess
this is an advantage of working somewhere where there's bugger all
work going on...

On that basis I should have got there first :-)

"I go into the office, I don't go to work" - me, recently.

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Re: Feelers for London Open Source Convention

2001-01-17 Thread Neil Ford

* Jonathan Peterson ([EMAIL PROTECTED]) wrote:
  Also, as it is a modern cruise ship, we will use Grep's l33t hacking skills
  to gain control of all the automated systems from his Psion 5, whereupon we

don't get me started on PDA's being used to ``hack'' systems, e.g. that
james bond film where they use a CE device and i've seen palm pilots
used - now if it was EPOC say a nice R380 (with non-standard ROM)
sure, but PalmOS, CE .. nah

Greg - who is easily bought

Best use of a PDA does of course go to a movie that follows on from 
an earlier discussion, Under Seige 2 and the newton fax sending scene 
:-)

Then there's the Psion 3 being used to detonate a bomb is a movie 
who's name I can't remember but it features the same Mr Segal being 
killed in the first 10 minutes or so.

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Re: Feelers for London Open Source Convention

2001-01-17 Thread Neil Ford

On Wed, Jan 17, 2001 at 03:28:40PM +, Neil Ford wrote:
  Then there's the Psion 3 being used to detonate a bomb is a movie
  who's name I can't remember but it features the same Mr Segal being
  killed in the first 10 minutes or so.

Executive Decision.

That's the sucker!

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Partitioning schemes (was RE: Mailman....)

2001-01-16 Thread Neil Ford

On Mon, Jan 15, 2001 at 10:42:34AM +, Steve Mynott wrote:
  "David H. Adler" [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:
  
   Oh, you're much too kind.  My redhat box is disintigrating before my
   very eyes.  root partition filled up for no reason and, thus I looked
   at the partition table:
  
   /
   /boot
   /home
  
   With home being the largest.
  
   What *were* they thinking when they configured this?

  I don't think you can really blame the distribution (which allows you
  to partition the disk how you want) for someone partitioning the disk
  wrongly.

Except that the box came to me like this.  I intend to rectify this in
a bit by scaping red hat off with a large trowel and installing
something useful, but I'm still trying to figure out why *anyone*
would partition it this way... :-/

Because they were used to the BSD way of things where most stuff goes 
in /usr and were expecting Linux to put it all in /home.

As an example, our BSD box is configured like so;

Filesystem  1K-blocks UsedAvail Capacity  Mounted on
/dev/ad0s1a 49583354411017678%/
/dev/ad0s1f  13350937  3817961  846490231%/usr
/dev/ad0s1e 19815 61701206034%/var
procfs  440   100%/proc

So that might be one answer.

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Re: PIMB T-shirts

2001-01-16 Thread Neil Ford

* Marcel Grunauer ([EMAIL PROTECTED]) wrote:

  Greg McCarroll writes:

  Apparently Amsterdam.pm are looking for a design for YAPC::Europe 2001 ;-)
  
  however, having said that, still like the # , ! , perl one ;-)

  that ought to be

   
|\/|
| \__/ |
|______|
\  /
|  |
|  |
|  hash bang perl  |
|  |
|  |
|  |
|  |
|  |
|  |
|  |
|/\|


i know, i was protecting simon's trademarks, besides this is just the
sort of thing that gives perl a bad name

(i'll have an XXL simon)

I'd like to set up a standing order for 2 of the largest size you can 
do of each new design as they are produced. In actual fact thinking 
about it, best make that 4 of.

Cheques at monthly intervals okay?

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Re: XML::Schema, YAPC::Europe, mod_perl, Camel Visit, !RANT!

2001-01-11 Thread Neil Ford

[snip]

so as far as i see it - we have the following projects to be carried out
by london.pm and others ...

Caml (i'll leave that typo as it might get mjd excited) Visit  - David Cross
Completion of account creation for initial donators,
  establishment of a administration committee and setting
  criteria for new donators - Jo + D.Cross
The Mod Perl Evangelist Site   - Dave Hodge..
The Final YAPC::Europe 2000 Site   - me + LB + JP

So you won't be needing Natalie's help with the website then? Someone 
perhaps ought to tell her before she does much more work trying to 
get the schedules together.

Neil.
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Re: Technical Meeting

2001-01-05 Thread Neil Ford

On Jan 4, 10:18pm, Dave Cross wrote:
  As always I'm looking for volunteers to speak at the meeting. If you've
  got anything really cool[1] to tell us about then please let me know.

Take your pick:

Template Toolkit Views
  A new and icy cold metaphor for the Template Toolkit which makes
  hard things easy and defrosted things frozen solid.  Assumes (but
  probably doesn't rely on) some TT knowledge.

Camelot
  An experimental Web Application Framework which makes (most) other
  so-called "Web Application Frameworks" look like a really silly
  idea.   Br!  That's chilly.

Pod::POM
  The POD Object Model.  This makes translation of POD to
  other formats so simple that even your grandmother could do it,
  and we all know how much trouble she has working the toaster.
  Yowser, it's cold in here!  Did someone leave the freezer door open?

XML::Schema
  XML::Schema will rule the world!  This is still in the planning /
  development phase, but it promises to kick bottom really hard.
  Create a schema to describe your data and then sit back and let
  the camel take over.  The XML::Schema module should allow you
  to build schema-specific parsers, (de-)marshalling code to convert
  XML schema instances to/from objects, XML/SQL interfaces, and other
  cool stuff like that.  Hey, is that frost on the keyboard?

Dear Santa
  How to write your christmas thank-you letters using the Template
  Toolkit.  Silly, but chilly lighting talk.


A

Ummm. the lot :-)

Save having to swap laptops with the projector and Dave wouldn't have 
to time the lightening talks.

Top it off with another 12 steps session from Piers and were sorted.

Neil.
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Fwd: SPUG: Inline 0.30 has Shipped

2000-12-21 Thread Neil Ford

Thought this might be of interest to some people.

Neil.


SPUG,

Thought you guys should be the first to know. I just uploaded Inline
version 0.30 to the CPAN. (Give it a few hours to get processed.) 0.30
is a very major release. (See below)

I also posted the first edition of Inline::CPR (C Perl Run). This is the
thing I talked about at the SPUG meeting where you put a hashbang
(#!/usr/bin/cpr) at the top of your C code, and then just run it.

Sometime tonight, Neil Watkiss will also release Inline::Python (very
cool, I'm sad to admit :-) and Inline::CPP.

In addition, I am officially announcing [EMAIL PROTECTED] , the new Inline
mailing list. Send email to [EMAIL PROTECTED] to join.

Cheers, Brian

Here is the README notes:
--
FEATURES:

Inline version 0.30 is a major upgrade from previous verions. It
includes:

+ Integrated support for typemap files in C.
   + All the recognized types now come *only* from typemaps.
   + The default types come from the default typemap installed with core
Perl.
   + Typemaps are used to modify the Parse::RecDescent grammar for
parsing C.
   + This means you can easily use your existing typemaps.
+ Language support completely separated from base Inline code.
   + Beta supoort for C (Inline::C, included)
   + Alpha support for C++ (Inline::CPP, available separately)
   + Alpha support for Python (Inline::Python, available separately)
   + Support for 'embedding' Perl in C with my new programming language,
CPR.
 (Inline::CPR, available separately) This one may warp your mind :^)
   + Simple API for adding your own language support.
 + Write your own Inline::Foo
 + Write your own implementation of Inline::C, or just modify
   Inline::C::grammar.
   + Support for interpreted languages in addition to compiled ones.
+ Autodetection of new Inline language modules.
+ Much easier and more powerful configuration syntax.
   + More XS and MakeMaker features exposed for configuration (for C and
C++).
+ Flexible new syntax for specifying source code.
   + Use DATA section for AutoLoader, Inline, and POD simultaneously.
+ Support for using Inline 'with' other modules.
   + "use Inline with 'Event';" lets Event.pm pass config info to
Inline.pm.
   + Event.pm 0.80 has built in support for Inline.pm 0.30 and higher.
 + Write Event callbacks in C with extreme ease.
+ More documentation
   + perldoc Inline
   + perldoc Inline-Support
   + perldoc Inline-API
   + perldoc Inline::C
   + perldoc Inline::C-Cookbook
+ Better error messages and easier debugging.
+ Mailing list: [EMAIL PROTECTED]

Other features of Inline.pm include:

= Automatically compiles your source code and caches the shared object.
= Automatically DynaLoads the shared object and binds it to Perl.
= Recompiles only when the C code changes.
= Changing the Perl code will not cause a recompile of the C code.
= Support for writing extension modules, suitable for distributing to
the CPAN.
= Support for generating and binding Inline subs at run time. bind()
= Works on all Unix and MS Windows configurations.

--
perl -le 'use Inline C=q{SV*JAxH(char*x){return newSVpvf
("Just Another %s Hacker",x);}};print JAxH+Perl'

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