Dear %Insert Name Here%,
You know those companies and organizations that send you an auto-reply with a case number any time you email them? I can see this for say, tech support, but it seems to be happening everywhere. Sales, customer service, general info, feedback, you name it.
I wonder what would happen if everyplace did this. You send an email, and get an auto-reply. Your email generates an auto-reply to their auto-reply, generating a new auto-reply back to you which...you get the idea.
I think I feel a new module coming on.
Today is the start of YAPC:NA, the largest Perl event in the western hemisphere, likely the world.
Seems odd that there is no mention of it on the perl.com homepage, save a link to an old use.perl.org journal entry near the bottom of the page. Click on 'news', get an abandoned page on OReilly.
Gender Exclusionary Writing
Dear God make it stop!
It's been a while since I've worked on any kind of system where passwords were stored as clear text. I guess I've just come to expect that they are to be stored as encrypted stings. So I was pretty surprised when I learned that a company I was doing business with, a major hosting/communications company, stores all of its customer and reseller passwords as plain text. Every tech support, customer service or sales rep can view any accounts password, without the knowledge or authorization of anyone. This password allows for root access to all servers associated with the account.
I asked some company reps about it, and the answers didn't make me feel any better. 'We need to see the passwords for verification purposes' and 'We pride ourselves on our integrity' and yes, even 'we haven't had a problem before'. I made most of the arguments you might expect, but it was clear I was getting nowhere. After all, they are a huge company and that's the way they do things, end of story.
I can't help but wonder how long it will be before a disgruntled employee leaves the company along with a few hundred account passwords. Sure they 'haven't had a problem before', but I figure that just means they are overdue. I think I felt better before I knew this.
HOLY SH*T!! It's been four years since I wrote in this thing!!
Previously I wrote about not having any friends, fans, foes or freaks (try saying that three times fast). As I looked around I noticed that most people have friends and fans, but *nobody* had any foes or freaks. What a warm, fuzzy, perlish kind of feeling...ahhhh...Wait a minute! What gives? I mean what would somebody have to *do* around here to have a Foe?! Besides, I didn't realize we were allowed to ridicule people. I bet if Steve Ballmer was around here there'd be some Foes.
Now I know this may be a childish re-hash for some, but as long as I am pouting about not going to the Mac OS X Conference, I may as well do something infantile. Besides, I hadn't seen this in a while, and it *is* 'snort your Kool-aid thru your nostrils' kind of funny. Unfortunately it is kind of a large file for the broadband impaired (3mb) but worth a modem workout.
Oh, and, uhh...you may want to ask small children and the squeamish to leave the room before viewing this.
And what does this have to do with Perl?
Absolutely nothing. (Thank God.) Could you imagine Larry...never mind.
Well *that* ought to generate some foe-dom. Hmmm...but if I don't have any friends or fans to read my journal...this is vicious.
Ah-hem...my first use.perl journal entry. What should I write about? (...he asks as if someone will actually read this)
How about this journal business itself? It's all very disturbing for the newcomer. First of all, I apparently have absolutely no friends in the entire world. And no fans either. I suppose the only consolation is that I have apparently not made any foes yet; nor have I encountered any freaks. Glad about that.
So how do I make friends anyhow? I mean, it's not like I can bribe people by packing extra twinkies in my lunch bag everyday, right? Hmmmm...perl? Perl. PERL!! Yes! I'll write about Perl! Everybody *loves* Perl!
Geeeze. I guess I'll just write about some of the things I *like* about Perl. I like that when I wake up in the morning, I really look forward to writing Perl. I like that (even though I have no friends) there is a real sense of community to Perl; and they are so darn helpful. I like that even a doofus like me can have his own pm group. I like that I've been able to vote 46 times for OSX as my desktop of choice.
I think I'll like it here too.
(...now how do I post this thing?)