Re: Technical Meeting - 21st June

2001-06-19 Thread Redvers Davies

 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



Re: *Buffy's Not Included

2001-06-14 Thread Redvers Davies

 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... [0]
#

$sth1-execute(@args);
$sthcsv-execute(@args);

Regards,


Red

[0] 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.



Re: *Buffy's Not Included

2001-06-14 Thread Redvers Davies

 Sounds like you need DBD::CSV.

Note to self... read all replies in a thread to make sure you don't 
provide redundant information.



Re: YAPC::Europe

2001-06-14 Thread Redvers Davies

 So how many people are bringing partners to YAPC::Europe? 

Mine will have emmigrated by then, so no.  If anything goes wrong, then
yes.



Re: YAPC::Europe

2001-06-14 Thread Redvers Davies

 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.



Re: YAPC::Europe Registration

2001-06-12 Thread Redvers Davies

 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 ;)



Re: Default library paths

2001-06-12 Thread Redvers Davies

 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)



Re: Upcoming technical meeting

2001-06-09 Thread Redvers Davies

 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. [1]

Red




Re: M$ SQueaLServer

2001-06-06 Thread Redvers Davies

 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



Re: crazy golf

2001-06-04 Thread Redvers Davies

 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.




Re: crazy golf

2001-06-01 Thread Redvers Davies

 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...



Re: [PUB] Possible candidate

2001-05-31 Thread Redvers Davies

   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



Re: Slow disks under linux

2001-05-31 Thread Redvers Davies

 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...



Re: Y::E accomodation

2001-05-30 Thread Redvers Davies

 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].

Red

[1] Which will only fit two.



Talks and Stuff

2001-05-30 Thread Redvers Davies


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




Re: Y::E accomodation

2001-05-30 Thread Redvers Davies

 and the name of this hotel would be . ?

Sorry... The Bilderberg Garden Hotel.  lastmin.com do bookings for it.



Buffy moves to London to do Eastenders

2001-05-28 Thread Redvers Davies


Well, not quite... but nearly:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/eastenders/features/exclusive.shtml




Re: [OT] Food exports?

2001-05-28 Thread Redvers Davies

 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?



Re: London.pm List Weekly Summary 2001-05-21

2001-05-24 Thread Redvers Davies

 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.



Re: O'Reilly Safari - anyone use it?

2001-05-21 Thread Redvers Davies

 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.



Re: Company Name

2001-04-26 Thread Redvers Davies

 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




Re: Crazy Idea

2001-04-04 Thread Redvers Davies

 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



Re: when are we going to see the caaaamels

2001-04-03 Thread Redvers Davies

 I anyone thinks they owe for a slice, plesae let me know.

I owe you for 1-2 slices.



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

2001-03-30 Thread Redvers Davies

 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.



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

2001-03-21 Thread Redvers Davies

 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.



Re: Matt's Scripts Projects

2001-03-20 Thread Redvers Davies

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.



Re: Strange Request

2001-03-13 Thread Redvers Davies

 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 ;)



Re: Strange Request

2001-03-13 Thread Redvers Davies

 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?



Re: Matt's Scripts

2001-03-13 Thread Redvers Davies

 *need* to configure #!.

#!/bin/sh

*ducks*



Re: Last Night

2001-02-27 Thread Redvers Davies

 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.



Re: Xinerama

2001-02-12 Thread Redvers Davies

 This tool is great fun in a computer room full of unsheathed X
 terminals.  :-)

What a wonderfull turn of phrase ;)



Re: Last Night

2001-02-05 Thread Redvers Davies

 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




Re: previous jobs

2001-02-05 Thread Redvers Davies

 Dammit, we are *not* third world!

Highest rate of child poverty in the developed world.  An estimated 40%
of the population have no healthcare.



Re: previous jobs

2001-02-05 Thread Redvers Davies

 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 :/





Re: Last Night

2001-02-02 Thread Redvers Davies

 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.




Re: Last Night

2001-02-02 Thread Redvers Davies

 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.



Re: Last Night

2001-02-02 Thread Redvers Davies

 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).



Re: Last Night

2001-02-02 Thread Redvers Davies

 plum sause).
s/ause/auce/ to work even, not home so its not the same so pretend I
didn't write this.





Re: previous jobs

2001-02-01 Thread Redvers Davies

 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.




Re: Perl Books

2001-02-01 Thread Redvers Davies

 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.






Re: Sun's Perl was Re: Application servers and e-commerce platforms

2001-01-26 Thread Redvers Davies

 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




Re: Sun's Perl was Re: Application servers and e-commerce platforms

2001-01-26 Thread Redvers Davies

 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.



Re: Sun's Perl was Re: Application servers and e-commerce platforms

2001-01-26 Thread Redvers Davies

 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



Re: word processors

2001-01-25 Thread Redvers Davies

 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.



Re: odd -w effect

2001-01-25 Thread Redvers Davies

 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



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

2001-01-20 Thread Redvers Davies

 IIRC, Sim City is one of Ken Livingstone's favorites.

There can't be the option to revoke all bird feed sellers permits.



Re: TPC5

2001-01-20 Thread Redvers Davies

 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.



Re: Holy War

2001-01-19 Thread Redvers Davies

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




Re: Holy War

2001-01-19 Thread Redvers Davies

 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



Re: Holy War

2001-01-19 Thread Redvers Davies

 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.



Re: Network Programming with Perl

2001-01-18 Thread Redvers Davies

 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.



Re: PIMB THC-shirts

2001-01-18 Thread Redvers Davies

 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?



Re: PIMB T-shirts

2001-01-17 Thread Redvers Davies

 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.





Re: Godzilla

2001-01-17 Thread Redvers Davies

 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[0].

[0] JCB + Gas Main + Electrical Cables = 12 ft high flames.





Re: Speaking Japanese (Re: Access Control Lists and Functions)

2001-01-16 Thread Redvers Davies

 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.



Re: JOB: At A Very Well-Known Company

2001-01-04 Thread Redvers Davies

 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



Re: tommorow nights meeting

2001-01-04 Thread Redvers Davies

 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



Re: yapc footage / soundage

2001-01-04 Thread Redvers Davies

 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



Re: JOB: At A Very Well-Known Company

2001-01-04 Thread Redvers Davies

 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



Re: Fwd: SPUG: ActivePerl 623

2001-01-02 Thread Redvers Davies

 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?