Oh... er... it's only three days to the technical meeting and so far I don't
seem to have any talks for it.
Err, I have to produce 3 hours of material so I don't think that the
technical meeting would be the right place for it. Apart from that it
isn't finished yet. If there is another
CSV is an option - except that an awful lot of the data will need to be
escaped out before it goes into the file, and I would rather only have to do
when its rendered out to the browser.
Unfortunately I'm not allowed to make use of the database - it is a
requirement that this particular
Sounds like you need DBD::CSV.
Note to self... read all replies in a thread to make sure you don't
provide redundant information.
So how many people are bringing partners to YAPC::Europe?
Mine will have emmigrated by then, so no. If anything goes wrong, then
Well at least its not due to the entry fee and if its a matter
of accomodation cost, ask on the list for somewhere to crash.
Plane tickets are currently 37 quid return via easyjet...
Thats why you should come to YAPC::Europe and meet the monger
of your dreams ;-)
Indeed... see them in
I got lucky. They didn't want the Perl Proverbs talk (which I'd have
to write), but they did want 12 step (which I busk). Result.
Busk... What a wonderful turn of phrase ;)
There's a couple of reasonable hex editors out there, but I usually just
tend to use M-x hexl-find-file in emacs. If you're a vim user, see
or bvi (Binary vi)
We'll start at about 7pm and people will be practiving TPC and YAPC::E
I'll be there... btw, has anyone heard back from the YAPC::Europe peeps
about which papers have been accepted?... or have any idea when the
list will be published. 
I didn't even reallise you could get NT for serious mips .. I though it
only ran on likkle PC things ...
The transactions world record sadly is held by M$ at the moment.
Assuming you're not a Masai tribesperson. And assuming that the
Romans weren't lying about the Celts (Though why would they want to do
It would seem to me to be counter-productive. If you want to conquer
a country you don't spread rumours that they drink their victims blood.
I find it strange that the only surviving English/British religion,
Nah, you want an interesting old religion, look at the Celts. Drinking
blood has gone out of style though...
I like PO a lot.
I can agree with this. Central, nice food, holds a lot of people.
Well, for everyone that likes there is an equal and opersite number of those
who dislike. I really don't like the PO... We need somewhere which is
quieter although I can't think of anywhere at the moment.
KDE2's Konqueror browser is really, really impressive. Wow! Seems
quicker and less crashy than Mozilla. Now if only it played Flash
and Quicktime movies...
Mine does flash...
dunno if this is useful .. but if possible, try and avoid hotels that are
only prepared to take bookings for 1 hour slots.
Indeed. I will probably use my usual hotel in Amsterdam as it is nice,
quiet, 15 mins from the centre by Tram and (my favorite bit) - every room
has a Jaccuzi.
1.5 days left before the CFP closes.
Is there is list of the applications that have been made? I have two possibles
which I have written abstracts for but don't want to submit them both. I
obviously want to submit the one with the least overlap with other talks.
and the name of this hotel would be . ?
Sorry... The Bilderberg Garden Hotel. lastmin.com do bookings for it.
Well, not quite... but nearly:
A sign at Barcelona airport says that passengers to GB and Netherlands
I went to Barcelona during the height of FMD. They told us on the plane
that we were going to be sterilised on arrival. (Poor choice of words there
I bought non-milk xocolate with my remaining pesetas.
About that flyer... FMD presents no risks to humans but is a serious
threat to animal health.
That is not strictly true... FMD is not a threat to animal health,
the MAFF slaughters are.
I object to paying 3.99 gbp (for a single), or 12.99gbp (for an album
track) to just get one song. However, if I hear another track from those
artists, and like it, I will probably get the full album.
Then exercise your right not to buy it - then don't steal it.
You don't have a divine right
. So, Redvers Davies Ltd
or Name Based names were always out the window for me.
We once had a nuts teacher at school who let some 12-year-old kid (whose dad
Pah, I was allowed to bring my 12 bore shotgun into school for a presentation
for gcse english. They just asked that I didn't bring in any amunition with
In the end I brought in live ammunition and no shotgun
I anyone thinks they owe for a slice, plesae let me know.
I owe you for 1-2 slices.
nslookup deprecated? Rats.
Yes, it's useful. I like nslookup. (Plus I feel that dig is pretty verbose,
but maybe there's a flag to control that that I've been too lazy to look
I guess it depends on application. If you need to know the nuts and bolts
of a query, use
LASTNAME, [FIRSTNAME|FIRST INITIAL]
and if you don't have a last name???
I have three friends who are surnameless... their credit cards have a "." as
a surname because the bank computers couldn't handle a lack of surname.
All this is pre-ir35:
as a employee of a limited company you would be paid national minimum
wage (4 quid an hour) .. you pay NIC and tax on that ... (minimal) .. you
claim expenses off the (ie your own) company for all the driving around
you do and having to buy things and accomodation whilst
No, but it's run by Matt. That's a list of CGI scripts written by loads of
people - there are even some old embarrassments of mine in there :-/
You know we are all scrambling to find it now ;)
I've just seen a downside to the "no non-standard modules" rule, which is
that we'll have to send all mail by piping to sendmail. And that really
hits your cross-platform compatibility.
Is IO::Socket cross platform?
*need* to configure #!.
Morse Code, just to something that _looks_ like Morse Code.
I'm glad you said that cos when I was in the audience I couldn't match
up what I saw with what the program was (although I only got as far as
character 3 so assumed there was some kind of preamble). Mind you,
I only do 15-20wpm
This tool is great fun in a computer room full of unsheathed X
What a wonderfull turn of phrase ;)
Really? Mine says "Marvellously hostile staff", "rudest restaurant in
the world", "madhouse", "the abuse gimmick". Golden Dragon all the
They are not rude - its a lie. The correct term I think is apathetic.
However, don't expect eye contact while taking the order (they will be
Dammit, we are *not* third world!
Highest rate of child poverty in the developed world. An estimated 40%
of the population have no healthcare.
That's 'cause we have lousy dictators...
I think its cultural - and I think its a trend we are seeing all
over the world. The saddest manifestation of that I saw was with
GW Bush's inaugaration speech when he talked about improving schools,
improving this, doing that and lowering taxes.
I'm going to find out if we can have the upstairs bar of the Albemarle on
Dover St. It's sufficiently small that we should be able to have it to
ourselves, but sufficiently large that we won't be crowded. They do good
beer and I'm fairly certain they do food in the evenings.
I'm biased -
The TVRs were 34 quid each but had about 8 shots of vodka and 8 shots of
tequila in and 6 cans of redbull.
Ok, I've heard of TVR's but yet to see one. Would someone like to give me
an idea as to how many of these things are meant to be consumed by how many
How is it presented?
It took me 3 hours to get home :-(
It took me 2 hours (via Wong Kei, BBQ pork noodle soup, Hot Duck with
s/ause/auce/ to work even, not home so its not the same so pretend I
didn't write this.
so who else has had cool non-IT jobs in the past?
Security guard at a site which was under constant threat from animal
with the name and we need to ``leverage'' it (sorry) now in
all aspects of the company, from sales/marketting to programming
Hmmm, skills... A healthy
Also L Steins Network Programming with Perl is a good book. I'm only a
chunk into it buts its a good read on its own and an even better one
if your not from a Unix background.
Yup, it's a bloody impressive book.
I concur. I was lucky enough to get a look at the copy that Dave Cross had
Under FreeBSD, you've got sendmail-wrapper instead, which you can
configure to point to any installed file.
Linux has that too - its called a symbolic link:
tonkatsu:~# ls -al /usr/lib/sendmail /usr/sbin/sendmail
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 18 Dec 9 1998 /usr/lib/sendmail -
Stop IT ... I am not using slackware !
Ans why not?? For a server it is perfect. Very small, very compact.
Perfect for a secure environment.
Is that why slackware.com got broken into a few weeks ago then? :-)
I'm not going to rise to that at all as you know full well that the
security of a product has more to do with its installation, configuration
and maintainence than the code. Regardless of supplier, if the admin does
I generally find myself writing outlines on paper or in textpad and then
finishing in MSWord, since that's how everyone wants the final product.
I refuse to provide documentation in Word as its prone to editing by
others. For me, Lyx - Latex - PDF. PGP sign and deliver.
to delete the URL in a browser window and then paste. Being
able to click it and then hit ^V is *much* nicer (in Windows)
than this manual delete time wastage.
If you run enlightment as a windowmanager you can use the URL
epplet. You simply highlight the URL (or a lump of text which contains
IIRC, Sim City is one of Ken Livingstone's favorites.
There can't be the option to revoke all bird feed sellers permits.
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.
One of the hotels in London I have had dealings with has conference facilities
and over 2000
What I do:
For a workstation, Mandrake.
For a server, Slackware.
Once you've done the install forget that rpm existed and do everything
All I'll say about mandrake is that we have a mandrake box at work and
when you run printtool the cdrom ejects.
You couldn't do an strace on that so we see what causes that could you?
I would have thought a hardware conflict would be the most likely cause
Seriously, my current machine is a PentiumPro 200 Mhz and that's
getting so frustrating that I knew I needed a new machine and I
always buy the fastest I can so it will last as long as possible.
Was it a self-congratulations pressie for the publication of your book.
I picked up a copy of Lincoln Stein's new book "Network Programming
with Perl" last night. I've only had time to flick thru a few chapters
but it looks very interesting. I'll bring it along tonight if anyone
wants to hav a look.
Yes please, I'm just starting a project whereby I have to
Water pipes/bongs are actually worse than joints for avoiding nasty stuff in
the smoke: THC is more soluble in the water than tar so you end up reducing
So do people smoke the stuff (as opposed to consumption) for convenience
or maybe the familiarity of the ritual of smoking?
I thought it was about 'chasing the dragon' - ie heating a resinous
substance on tinfoil with a lighter and inhaling the fumes, this is
probably less bad for you than smoking stuff in a cigarette form. Although
hookah pipes with resin are probably healthier still.
Myself and a couple of
Walk up Exhibition Rd passed Nat Hist, VA and Sci. Museum. 5 minutes
Make a backup plan - the road was closed this morning due to a gas explosion.
 JCB + Gas Main + Electrical Cables = 12 ft high flames.
Isn't it a pidgin mix of Russian and English?
And possibly some welsh... The welsh word "drwg" (pronounced the english
way is "droog") and means 'Bad, naughty, evil, wicked' etc.
I'm going to give 'em free sales leads. Say Dave, can I name you as a
I am working through Aerotek too - you can use my name should you wish.
also i started laying out the few mp3's i have and some of the schedule
of the conference into a website tonight, so expect movement on that
Has anyone thought of putting the talks onto VCD? If I can get this
VCD software to work that I just aquired (thanks again) i'm happy to
well, Nat's bringing a lot of miniDV tapes tonight, we are going to
convert them into Quicktime and Real for streaming.
what source format do you need to make VCDs with your thingy?
From the homepage:
create a MPEG-1 video stream with the dimensions 352x240 (NTSC) or 352x288
(PAL) and a
They appear to have accepted Dave's ref. What are they like as an
agency? And how are they IR35 wise?
They are OK - you definatly feel that they are a large agency as opposed
to a one man band which has both good and bad points. Their people do
however have unlimited entertainment expense
A TV broadcast seems good enough, and well within the spirit of the film.
I'd probably just digitise it (making Video CDs is a new hobby of mine), so
it'd be better to borrow the master for a few days if I could...
Does anyone know if you can make VCD's under linux that I can play on my
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