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Just a simple [] guy, hacking Perl for fun and profit since way back in the last millenium. You may find me hanging around in the monestary [].

What am I working on right now? Probably the Sprog project [].

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Saturday January 29, 2005
03:01 AM

ACM Anyone?

[ #22937 ]

The Association for Computing Machinery ( regularly send me paper spam trying to encourage me to join (I suspect they got my mailing details from Linux Journal). I always just bin it, but I've finally gotten round to emailing asking them to stop.

Is anyone here actually a member? If so, what benefit do you consider justifies the $84 annual membership fee?

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  • I was a member way back when, when the "Communications" was a reputable, useful semi-scholarly journal of record. I don't know if it's gotten back to being useful or not. I quit when my inbox of unread magazines got too deep some time in the late 80's or early 90's. I've maintained loose contact with the local Greater Boston chapter [], with whose local Professional Development Seminar [] committee I was once very active, and remains one of the best bargains.

    Their new member benefits [] have caused me to consider

    # I had a sig when sigs were cool
    use Sig;
    • I had a quick scan of the 'free' books but most are pretty old and the Open Source technologies I work with were not well represented. O'Reilly's Safari, while significantly more expensive, has a lot more titles that I'd actually use (not that I subscribe to that either).
    • I also was a member long ago - through the 70's and into the 80's. Communications, in those days, had a series of articles by Jon Bentley which have since been published as 2 books "Programming Pearls" and "More Programming Pearls", which were excellent.

      I stopped when my collection of not yet read magazines (I joined a large number of SIGs too) could be piled up to the ceiling.