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 technical meeting before YAPC::Europe I will do 30 mins worth of material or 3 hours abridged (sort of like campbels condensed soup). Its been a few years since I did this kinda thing so I will be in need of constructive critisism. Red
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 functionality can cope with the db not actually being there. Sounds like you need DBD::CSV. DBD::CSV will allow you to operate your text files in the same way that you operate your database. You can literally say: $dbh = DBI-connect(DBI:mysql:database=whatever, user, pass) ## Your # normal DB access. $dbhcsv = DBI-connect(DBI:CSV:f_dir=/usr/data/csvstuff); # Open the csv files $sqlstring = insert into mytable values (?,?,?,?,?,?); $sth1 = $dbh-prepare($sqlstring); $sthcsv = $dbhcsv-prepare($sqlstring); # # Then, any operations you do on the database, you can do on the # CSV file...  # $sth1-execute(@args); $sthcsv-execute(@args); Regards, Red  Although I wouldn't reccomend using it for large select-type queries as with all plaintext files it won't scale. Appending data to this type of file seems to scale nicely. It also means that if you were using these files to restore your database if it loses everything retoration is as simple as a read on one handle and a write on the other.
Sounds like you need DBD::CSV. Note to self... read all replies in a thread to make sure you don't provide redundant information.
So how many people are bringing partners to YAPC::Europe? Mine will have emmigrated by then, so no. If anything goes wrong, then yes.
Well at least its not due to the entry fee and if its a matter of accomodation cost, ask on the list for somewhere to crash. Plane tickets are currently 37 quid return via easyjet... Thats why you should come to YAPC::Europe and meet the monger of your dreams ;-) Indeed... see them in their natural habitat.
I got lucky. They didn't want the Perl Proverbs talk (which I'd have to write), but they did want 12 step (which I busk). Result. Busk... What a wonderful turn of phrase ;)
There's a couple of reasonable hex editors out there, but I usually just tend to use M-x hexl-find-file in emacs. If you're a vim user, see xxd(1). or bvi (Binary vi)
We'll start at about 7pm and people will be practiving TPC and YAPC::E talks. I'll be there... btw, has anyone heard back from the YAPC::Europe peeps about which papers have been accepted?... or have any idea when the list will be published.  Red
I didn't even reallise you could get NT for serious mips .. I though it only ran on likkle PC things ... The transactions world record sadly is held by M$ at the moment. Red
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 that?) 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. Actually, while I think about it there is a pub in Minories which has a private bar that groups can hire out (paid in pints I'm sure). They do good food too. I'll see if I can find a name and find out what the terms could be. Another excuse for an away-party ;) Hmmm... Red
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. Red  Which will only fit two.
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. Regards, Red
and the name of this hotel would be . ? Sorry... The Bilderberg Garden Hotel. lastmin.com do bookings for it.
Well, not quite... but nearly: http://www.bbc.co.uk/eastenders/features/exclusive.shtml
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 methinks). I bought non-milk xocolate with my remaining pesetas. Who didn't... hmmm... Did you go to Menserat(bad spelling) by any chance? Pick up some of their xocolate or wonderfull liquers?
http://www.maff.gov.uk/animalh/int-trde/misc/foot/flyer.pdf 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 to something just because it is a single song. Pay for it, or don't get it.
How did contractors here come up with the names for their companies, and can you think of anything with Shiels in the name that sounds good. I will mainly be doing SAP work, but hope to get other IT work too, so don't want SAP in the name. Well, my company name is a description of what my company does: Critical Integration Ltd; I integrate critical systems. The other stuff I do could have produced: Random Perl Ltd. EWIC Ltd. (Encapsulate Workflow in Code) I've always tried to avoid names which conjour up in the minds of customers (or more importantly, the revenue) a small company. So, Redvers Davies Ltd or Name Based names were always out the window for me. Red
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 it ;) In the end I brought in live ammunition and no shotgun as there were questions as to whether the school bus would let me on. Red
I anyone thinks they owe for a slice, plesae let me know. I owe you for 1-2 slices.
nslookup deprecated? Rats. Good riddence. 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 for.) I guess it depends on application. If you need to know the nuts and bolts of a query, use dig. If you only need a quick resolution use host. The problem (for me anyways) was that what you asked for from nslookup need not be what it returned. You would ask it to query one nameserver and it would for no apparent reason ignore your request and use nameservers in your resolve file.
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 away from home etc ... and whats left in the company coffers is profit. This has advance corporation tax paid at 20% and ends up in the pockets of the shareholders as tax free income upto 30K each a year Rubbish ;) its NIC free, not tax free. .. and if the share holders happen to be say, you and your wife then thats a cute way of getting 70K from a contract into your pockets and only paying ~ 15% tax overall on it ... now do you see why they introduced IR35 as a way of trying to stop it .. ;))) No, thats what the self-assessment form is for at the end of the year.
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 #!. #!/bin/sh *ducks*
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 aural, barely 1wpm visual.
This tool is great fun in a computer room full of unsheathed X terminals. :-) 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 way! 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 watching other people while you talk to them). Mind you, when you have a Wong Kei gold card (like myself) you get a private table away from all the commoners - and the people will actually talk to you. Red
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. Guess which of the above got the only set of applause :/
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 - that chops 20 mins off the journey time for me for parking.
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 people. How is it presented? The impression I get from above is thas it is 1 TVR per person, in a 4 pint pitcher to last all night.
It took me 3 hours to get home :-( It took me 2 hours (via Wong Kei, BBQ pork noodle soup, Hot Duck with plum sause).
plum sause). 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 rights bombers. 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 paranoia of un-expected parcels and letters.
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 at the technical meeting. The next day I was down Waterstones buying my own copy.
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 - /usr/exim/bin/exim lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 18 Dec 9 1998 /usr/sbin/sendmail - /usr/exim/bin/exim
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 not lock down hir box and keep up to date on security issues it doesn't matter WHO wrote the software. Red
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 a URL) and click "www", "ftp" or "get". WWW opens up a web browser, ftp opens up an xterm with ftp running and connected and "get" runs wwwget and saves the file in your local directory. Red
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 rooms. I could look up their details should you wish.
What I do: For a workstation, Mandrake. For a server, Slackware. Once you've done the install forget that rpm existed and do everything from source. Red
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 there... Red
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 listen to broadcast udp packets. I'd rather listen to my mp3's.
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 friends of mine were talking about this before and someone suggested that ingestion in cakes was healthier still and more "effective". I don't know if this is the case but i'm nosy so if anyone knows the answer please let us (or me privatly) know.
Walk up Exhibition Rd passed Nat Hist, VA and Sci. Museum. 5 minutes tops. 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 referee? I am working through Aerotek too - you can use my name should you wish. Red
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 front rsn, 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 try and burn some. Red
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 bitrate of 1152 KBit/sec (use the encoder of your choice, you find one for MJPG encoded AVIs or Quicktime files in the lavtools). create a MPEG-1 layer 2 audiostream with a sample rate of 44100 Hz, stereo and a bitrate of 224 KBit/sec (use the encoder of your choice, you find one for MJPG encoded AVIs or Quicktime files in the lavtools). I would suggest waiting before you go to any time or trouble that I can actually write the things. I will be testing the software and hardware over the next few days. Red
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 accounts ;) IR35 wise they started off being inflexible. Their people are very target orientated and for the person that was dealing with me the IR35 thing was too much trouble for him. I've been moved and the person I have now is very flexible - seems you suck and seen between people. I don't have an IR35 safe contract as the client was unwilling to change the terms. They increased my rate by 30% instead. Red
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 DVD player?