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Saturday September 23, 2006
07:32 PM

Pittsburgh Perl Workshop 2006 (ppw06) rocked!

This one-day workshop was totally fantastic. I'm extremely pleased that I attended. It was without a doubt one of the best conferences I've ever been to.

It was well organized and I met a lot of great people. Awesome speakers and talks. Food. And, even a tee-shirt (remember, this conference only cost $20)! Not to mention the other "party gifts".

The workshop stuck well to its theme of "Perl at work", and the content of the talks will be immediately useful. Very practical and relevant sessions for the use of Perl in the workplace.

Thanks so much to everyone who made this possible! I very much look forward to the next one!

Thursday December 04, 2003
01:10 AM

Comcast is an innovator

Here in Pittsburgh, PA, first there was TCI cable, then ATT cable, and now there is Comcast Cable. Whereas the previous two were content with the status quo and did nothing to differentiate themselves or improve the quality-of-service, Comcast is wholly different. Comcast is an industry innovator and is taking quite a large chunk out of Verizon's market. Alas, the joys of competition.

First, they eliminate the dependency of cable channels being broadcast over dual-leads. Instead of channels 1-500 being on one coax-line, and the rest being on the second coax-line, all of the cable channels are delivered on a single line. This uniformly improves configurations with multiple devices.

Second, they roll out HDTV programming. Granted, I don't yet have a HDTV-capable TV, but at least now I have the option when the time comes to purchase a new TV.

Third, they introduce reliable broadband cable that operates at 3mbps; Twice as fast as their competitor's highest tier ASDL offering. This service does not have some of the onerous restrictions and limitations that similar *DSL offerings have.

Fourth, they now offer local digital phone service. I haven't yet had time to investigate this further, but likely will, in short order.

Fifth, they just enabled on-demand service. This means that I can watch pay-per-view, premium movie channels, and other on-demand programs whenever I want. The very second that I want. Additionally, I can pause, rewind, fast-forward, pause, stop and resume any program. This simply rocks.

And now, they are planning to have a Tivo-like service available by the end of the year. This is particularly cool, because it means I can record programs that I like, mainly various TV series, and then watch them whenever I have the time.

Comcast: Keep up the good work, you are an example of what many companies should be.

Thursday October 23, 2003
06:26 PM

The Macintosh is the most compatible platform

This response was e-mailed to David Pogue in reply to his New York Times article, entitled "Apple's Latest 0.1 Adds a Lot":

> "..that far more software is available for Windows (true; "only"
> 6,500 programs are available for Mac OS X).."

I'm afraid I'm going to have to take exception to the above statement. While it's true that there are more native Windows applications, I think that this is a misleading metric.

The Macintosh is by far the most compatible platform. It runs Classic applications, Mac OS X applications, BSD applications, Linux applications, and X11 applications. As surely you know, the Mac will even run Windows applications via Virtual PC.

This being the case, it's a reasonable conclusion that "far more software is available for Windows" is a false statement. I thank you kindly for an otherwise excellent article.