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  Comment: Market Forces (Score 1) on 2009.08.11 6:13

by Denny on 2009.08.11 6:13 (#69967)
Attached to: Dolphin Square - Why I Don't Want To Live There

Unfortunately every letting agency in the UK, and particularly London, can get away with being a bunch of useless/dishonest/generally unpleasant bastards.

The reason for this is that all the other letting agents are also a bunch of useless/dishonest/generally unpleasant bastards, so there's usually nothing to choose between them.

It would be nice to believe that a single competent, honest and pleasant agency could put all the others out of business, but if that were true then I imagine it would have happened by now. Clearly the market favours wankers.

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  Comment: Re:email bounces (Score 1) on 2009.05.26 11:32

by Denny on 2009.05.26 11:32 (#68791)
Attached to: White Camel Awards 2009
Same here.
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  Comment: Excellent work! (Score 1) on 2009.05.26 10:42

by Denny on 2009.05.26 10:42 (#68789)
Attached to: Dig The New Breed

It's really good to see a big bunch of Perl sites being updated like this - well done!

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  Comment: Honest MPs (Score 1) on 2009.05.12 9:27

by Denny on 2009.05.12 9:27 (#68534)
Attached to: Hindsight is 20:20

There are a couple more mentioned here:
http://www.talkcarswell.com/show.aspx?id=394

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  Comment: Re:I'd love to help ... (Score 1) on 2009.04.22 7:37

by Denny on 2009.04.22 7:37 (#68217)
Attached to: Beautiful is better than ugly
I think there's just a general feeling of caution amongst experienced developers about 'changing the cms' being the first response to any issue with a website. We all like playing with new technology, but sometimes all that's really required is to put some effort into coercing the old technology to behave better.
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  Comment: Re:I'd love to help ... (Score 1) on 2009.04.22 6:43

by Denny on 2009.04.22 6:43 (#68213)
Attached to: Beautiful is better than ugly

The main reason Digital Craftmen didn't manage a full implementation of our proposed glossy design for www.perl.org is that combust (the perl.org CMS) requires apache 1.3 and mod_perl 1 to run... we don't have any servers that out of date, and we couldn't spare one to downgrade for the build and test.

While I agree that the back-end shouldn't be the driving force in an aesthetic redesign, it seems that it can sometimes be a very effective brake.

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  Comment: Re:The right thing to do... (Score 1) on 2009.04.22 6:40

by Denny on 2009.04.22 6:40 (#68212)
Attached to: Beautiful is better than ugly

A proposed redesign for use.perl.org, created by Andy Wardley the last time this discussion happened:
http://wardley.org/use.perl.org/test.html

A few different people tried to contact pudge with no response, so plans/hopes to improve the looks of use.perl were abandoned.

Trying to do something useful with the wave of enthusiasm for Perl websitey things, at Digital Craftsmen we built this:
http://perlisalive.com/

Which obviously uses a modified version of Andy's design. Meanwhile, Andy was working on a redesign of the London.pm website:
http://london.pm.org/

Which also has the 'glass onion' theme/style going on.

Back at Digital Craftsmen, we started looking at adapting the first design for use on www.perl.org instead:
http://digitalcraftsmen.net/perl.org/slice.png

Unfortunately after discovering that we'd need an Apache 1.3 environment to host the combust CMS that perl.org runs on, we lost momentum on implementation of that idea. It'd be nice to pick it up again, but currently client work takes priority. As mentioned previously, it's also a bit tricky to find an entire spare server so that we can downgrade it enough that it will run combust - an example of how the technology used on the back-end can sometimes influence the availability of design/implementation efforts for the front-end.

So... there have been some efforts recently to try to generate a 'suite' of sites with a co-ordinated look-and-feel, but not a great deal of concrete progress, particularly where the core sites are involved. If there's a willingness to make more progress now, then people will probably step up to do the work.

As a footnote, last I heard dev.perl.org was very open to suggestions and help in improving the look and feel of that site, so that might be a good staging ground for any improvements eventually intended for www.perl.org

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  Comment: Re:Task::Kensho no good? (Score 1) on 2009.03.30 6:40

by Denny on 2009.03.30 6:40 (#67946)
Attached to: Perl is dead! Long live PROPERL!
Sorry for the duplicate - I got randomly logged out trying to post the first one and it didn't look like it had posted.
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  Comment: Task::Kensho no good? (Score 1) on 2009.03.30 6:39

by Denny on 2009.03.30 6:39 (#67945)
Attached to: Perl is dead! Long live PROPERL!

[EPO] don't go as far as fixing their efforts to a completely "definable" toolset

I thought they did. Isn't that what Task::Kensho is?

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  Comment: Re:How does PROPERL improve on Enlightened Perl? (Score 1) on 2009.03.30 6:27

by Denny on 2009.03.30 6:27 (#67944)
Attached to: Perl is dead! Long live PROPERL!

[EPO] don't go as far as fixing their efforts to a completely "definable" toolset

I though they did. Isn't that what Task::Kensho is?

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  Journal: Perl blogging on 2009.03.20 8:07

Journal by Denny on 2009.03.20 8:07
User Journal

My Perl-related rambling is mostly over here:
http://perlisalive.com/users/denny/weblog

Or indeed here:
http://perlisalive.com/

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  Comment: Re: london.pm.org refresh (Score 1) on 2009.02.17 7:01

by Denny on 2009.02.17 7:01 (#67440)
Attached to: london.pm.org refresh

They were okay about giving Perl is Alive permission to use a very similar onion-based logo actually (also the work of Mr Wardley). Using an onion 'button' as a link to another site would presumably just require that site to have the logo blurb on it somewhere - which it already does.

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  Comment: Re:Who cares? (Score 1) on 2009.02.09 8:30

by Denny on 2009.02.09 8:30 (#67262)
Attached to: So What?

For what it's worth, I'm seeing frequent random logouts this morning - I've been on the site less than an hour and my session has vanished from underneath me 3 times now.

I have quite a few (well, half a dozen) tabs open to various bits of the site, that's about the only thing I'm doing that I can even vaguely see as being the cause of any issues. I'm definitely on a static IP.

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  Comment: Re:Who cares? (Score 1) on 2009.02.09 8:26

by Denny on 2009.02.09 8:26 (#67261)
Attached to: So What?
__utm[abc] cookies are usually Urchin AKA Google Analytics, iirc.
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