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Beatnik (493)

Beatnik
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A 29 year old belgian who likes Mountain Dew, Girl Scout Cookies, Tim Hortons French Vanilla Flavoured Cappucinno, Belgian beer, Belgian chocolate, Belgian women, Magners Cider, chocolate chipped cookies and Perl. Likes snowboarding, snorkling, sailing and silence. Bach can really cheer him up! He still misses his dog.

Project Daddy of Spine [sf.net], a mod_perl based CMS.

In his superhero time (8.30 AM to 5.30 PM), he works on world peace.

Journal of Beatnik (493)

Friday March 07, 2008
04:15 PM

Value of degrees and certifications

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I work in a specialized environment. The 'company' pays a decent chunk of money to get experts in their respective field. Pretty much every one has a masters degree in something, together with a whole bunch of certifications. The other day, I provided one of my co-workers (masters in CompSci, X years of IT experience, CCIE certified,...) with a perl one-liner he could use to change some IP addresses in router config dumps. A few minutes after that, I saw him copy the configs from the router terminal to MS Word, and saving it as a MS Word file.. I asked him if he magically had come across a perl module that parsed MS Word files.. He gave me this very confused look. I explained to him that the one-liner only worked on text files, as MS Word probably didn't allow changing text strings in THAT way. I even tried explaining some of the checksum and end-of-line issues that might occur. He still gave me this confused look and insisted that we'd try it anyway. We did. FAIL!

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