neophyte's Journal http://use.perl.org/~neophyte/journal/ neophyte's use Perl Journal en-us use Perl; is Copyright 1998-2006, Chris Nandor. Stories, comments, journals, and other submissions posted on use Perl; are Copyright their respective owners. 2012-01-25T02:15:49+00:00 pudge pudge@perl.org Technology hourly 1 1970-01-01T00:00+00:00 neophyte's Journal http://use.perl.org/images/topics/useperl.gif http://use.perl.org/~neophyte/journal/ something is foul http://use.perl.org/~neophyte/journal/23563?from=rss Ever since 9/11 I observed governments becoming more and more estranged to their citizens. I see that there are constantly new laws in the making that infringe civil liberties. <br> All this is done with one reason: we, the normal, law-abiding people are to be protected from terrorists. We are supposed to believe that our freedom can be defended by infringing it. <br> The terrorists have already won. Our freedom is not what it was and what it's supposed to be. <br>What a sad time for democracy<nobr> <wbr></nobr>... neophyte 2005-03-09T08:36:54+00:00 journal European decision on software patents http://use.perl.org/~neophyte/journal/13527?from=rss I just read an interview with a German politician who is against software patents. Good. Shame she is in Bavaria and will have nothing to do with the decision in the European Parliament that is due 1st of September.<br> There is still some hope that the decision will be postponed, but at the moment a majority of members of the European Parliament are in favour of such patents. According to the German politician this is so, because their information base is strongly biased. One big Redmond based business does a lot to inform them from their point of view. Lobbying against software patents has been weak so far, she states, because a lot is done over E-Mail, but members of the European parliament are low-tech guys- they don't take an E-Mail as serious as a paper letter and nothing really comes close to inviting the members of parliament to an event where they are informed by real live people talking to them.<br> So far only the aforementioned Redmond based business invited for Members of Parliaments events in Brussels.<br> This is the situation so far - what now? neophyte 2003-07-18T07:14:18+00:00 journal Juergen W. Moellemann is dead http://use.perl.org/~neophyte/journal/12648?from=rss Midday, yesterday former vice chancellor Juergen W. Moellemann died while skydiving. It is unclear, and will possibly remain so, whether it was suicide or not. His death has stopped all investigations on financing both his party and a leaflet that was highly critical on Israel that was published during the election campaing. A dead man can't be sued. <br> His opinions always were a very controversial matter (which also lead his party to bar him recently), and althouth I never liked him much, I hate to see Germany lose a politician that dared raising controversial discussions. It will remain in the dark whether he really was more corrupt than other politicians - and I dare say I doubt it. <br> My sympathy goes to his family. neophyte 2003-06-06T07:21:37+00:00 journal perl cycling tour in planning http://use.perl.org/~neophyte/journal/10876?from=rss This has gone through some mailing lists already: <br> <br> the idea to it came on Perlmonks a year ago. Now I am prepared to give it a shot. <br>The aim is to have a Perl cycling tour in late summer/early autumn of 2004 in Germany.<br> <br> I am preparing a web-based survey now, to find out if there are enough people who would want to come and to find out what has to be organised. <br> <br> I will post the link to the survey here. neophyte 2003-03-04T12:19:31+00:00 journal still on the break in http://use.perl.org/~neophyte/journal/9356?from=rss well, I've got some news on the break in:<br> The police got hold of the suspect and found the cases of some of our PCs, they have been outside next to a railroad track since the break-in and are more or less a pile of rusty junk now. <br> <br> The insurance would prefer not to pay, I can understand that, the economy being in the state it is in nobody likes to spend money. But I'd prefer if they paid (for the same reason). neophyte 2002-12-10T10:01:41+00:00 journal moving http://use.perl.org/~neophyte/journal/8562?from=rss <p>Well I'm sitting on some boxes now. My office stuff is packed - most of it. My computer will be running till midday tomorrow. Then I'll pack that as well.</p><p>Hopefully we'll be set up by Monday morning.</p><p>This is my office moving, so that won't be half as much work as I'll have next year when we will have bought our house<nobr> <wbr></nobr>...</p> neophyte 2002-10-24T14:40:50+00:00 journal Niederrhein.pm meeting - change http://use.perl.org/~neophyte/journal/8129?from=rss We changed our meeting day for niederrhein.pm, so we will meet each second thursday of a month. <br>Next meeting is:<br> <br> <b>Thu, 2002/10/10 in Duisburg at the Brauhaus Webster</b> <br> <br>If you happen to be in the vicinity you are invited<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:) neophyte 2002-10-02T14:07:05+00:00 journal installing http://use.perl.org/~neophyte/journal/8127?from=rss So here I am, in the middle of a workload to do, installing a replacement pc.<br> Our office had been broken into<nobr> <wbr></nobr>... all PCs got stolen. <br> Who steals age old office equipment? *sigh* neophyte 2002-10-02T10:46:22+00:00 journal pm meeting last night http://use.perl.org/~neophyte/journal/8047?from=rss So last night we had our niederrhein.pm meeting in Dusseldorf. Yes, it was on the 4th thursday, not on the 3rd - due to YAPC::Europe 2002. <br> <br> Of course this was a fun meeting reminiscising YAPC::Europe, telling those that had not come to the conference about it.<br> <br> We will have to change the mode of our meetings, though. The 3rd thursday is Perl Meetup day, which is no problem in itself, because these Meetups are nowhere near us so far. But the Dusseldorf LUG has put their meeting on the 3rd thursday as well. <br> <br> It is very likely that we'll move to the 2nd thursday in a month. neophyte 2002-09-27T07:53:03+00:00 journal Election Campaign in Germany http://use.perl.org/~neophyte/journal/7492?from=rss While I should concentrate on my job and on <a href="http://www.yapc.org/Europe/">YAPC::Europe</a>, the political campaigning has reach its height. Each corner, each lightpole has a poster of some party and it's candidates. You see them on TV in the most unlikely combinations (eg. conservatives with trade union members) and all kinds of small parties you will not hear again from until the next election, when they will crop up again. Due to the 5 % watershed (only parties reaching that much in an election can be in parliament), there are no more than 4 to 6 parties in parliament although there are 24 standing for election.<br> <br> Yes, I will go to the election<br> Yes, I will vote for one of the 6 parties that have a chance to go to parliament. Everything else would just mean throwing ones vote away.<br> <br> Still this whole business looks a bit useless to me<nobr> <wbr></nobr>... political change might make some things different - but not necessarily better neophyte 2002-09-03T09:38:19+00:00 journal MongerMeeting http://use.perl.org/~neophyte/journal/5194?from=rss Niederrhein.pm had it's May - meeting yesterday in Websters Brauhaus in Duisburg, the place where our first meeting was.<br> <br> We were only 4, but with the help of the others I got Perl running on the Zaurus - all it took was unsetting LANG in<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.bashrc, so Perl doesn't get conflicting information about the locale.<br> <br> Our next meeting will be on 2002-06-20 in Duesseldorf. neophyte 2002-05-24T06:41:01+00:00 journal niederrhein.pm not meeting today http://use.perl.org/~neophyte/journal/4283?from=rss <a href="http://niederrhein.pm.org/">niederrhein.pm</a> posponed the meeting that was originally scheduled to take place today. It'll be next week on Thursday, 25th April. The meeting was posponed because a lot of members couldn't come today, but can come next week. We will meet in Dusseldorf on a boat on the Rhine. <br> <br>It is likely that we spent parts of our time talking about the Zaurus. neophyte 2002-04-18T07:07:11+00:00 journal VI on Zaurus works http://use.perl.org/~neophyte/journal/4226?from=rss Now I got VI working on my Zaurus. Silly me got the commands wrong - of course it doesn't work with the wrong command. It works with the keyboard as well as with handwriting recognition or virtual keyboard or pickboard. neophyte 2002-04-16T08:03:00+00:00 journal Perl on Zaurus http://use.perl.org/~neophyte/journal/4200?from=rss Hey it works. I actually get a reaction from Perl on the Zaurus. It warns me about something to do with localization, but in principle it works. <br> <br>So I think some tweaking is needed, as well as getting vi to save something (it is not very amusing to write something and then not being able to save it). In the mean time I still can write some perl on my desktop box, and sync it. neophyte 2002-04-15T11:40:17+00:00 journal Gotta Zaurus http://use.perl.org/~neophyte/journal/4156?from=rss Ah, a long time I waited for this day - I got my Zaurus. Got back from the shop, unpacked it. Switched it on - Linux booting - what a sight on a pda<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:). Everything pre-configured for standard pda use. <br>Now I need to install some linux tools (vi and Perl mainly) to be happy.<br> Yes, Perl I wrote. I've seen it over at <a href="http://www.sourceforge.net/">sourceforge</a>. So I will of course try that soon.<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:) neophyte 2002-04-12T19:32:14+00:00 journal work after holiday http://use.perl.org/~neophyte/journal/4116?from=rss Coming back from a holiday can be quite gruesome:<br> You find a lot of work no one wanted to do in your absence and stuff no one could do in your absence (thats working for a small business). So now after 3 rather longish days of work, I'm tired - really tired. And working on php-database stuff doesn't really help that. Custom-made Perl for something interesting is out of sight rigt now. I just have to produce php - lots of it. *sigh* neophyte 2002-04-11T13:23:57+00:00 journal Back from Southern France http://use.perl.org/~neophyte/journal/4104?from=rss I spent a pleasant time in the Provence and returned on Saturday. After a lot of work at home and in the office, today I finally got the time to pick up my journal again.<br> <br> I've become a trial member of the <a href="http://www.hwg.org/">HTML Writers Guild</a> and <a href="http://www.iwanet.org/">IWA</a> (both, because they are together now). I still haven't decided if I'll get a full membership though. <br> We'll see<nobr> <wbr></nobr>... neophyte 2002-04-11T07:28:16+00:00 journal birthdays over http://use.perl.org/~neophyte/journal/3427?from=rss This is a birthday free week - thank god for that.<br> In our family a lot of birthdays come within a few days in march - this year celebrations began on wednesday with one birthday coming even before that, but getting celebrated on saturday together with the one from friday. And on saturday a friend also celebrated his birthday, so we went to two parties. Sunday was the last celebration.<br>Next family birthday will be by the end of April. Which gives me a little time to lose the weight of this weeks orgies. neophyte 2002-03-11T09:38:16+00:00 journal next meeting of niederrhein.pm http://use.perl.org/~neophyte/journal/3210?from=rss So now we fixed the meeting place for the next meeting of <a href="http://niederrhein.pm.org/">niederrhein.pm</a>. <br>We will meet Thursday, 2002-03-21, 19:00 localtime, in Krefeld in the <a href="http://www.hueckelsmay.com/">Landgasthof Hueckelsmay</a>. <br>Topics of the meeting will be:<br>good food as the restaurant there is said to be good<br>HTML &amp; CSS with Perl<br>and others neophyte 2002-03-01T09:48:19+00:00 journal not using Perl :( http://use.perl.org/~neophyte/journal/3181?from=rss This is a miserable day. My identity card will expire shortly, so I wanted to apply for a new one. Of course stupid me didn't think they would need a birth certificate with my application. But they did. <br>So I had to visit my parents, to get the birth certificate and go back. Nice.<br>But I finally could apply for the identity card and the new European driving license.<br> <br>And then I struggled a litte with <b>php</b> - I'm not a brilliant perler but some idioms are just common use for me, and suddenly everything works different, because it's not Perl I'm using right now. neophyte 2002-02-28T14:58:10+00:00 journal early morning http://use.perl.org/~neophyte/journal/3152?from=rss No, it's not that early any more, and I had lots of caffeine already - but I'm still tired.<br> <br>I am lucky however - now I know what my son uses irc for: <br>He likes Flash and does all sorts of things with it: animations, little games and so on. He often went to a Flash-chat, which was a web-chat first, but now this has been converted to irc. <br>That's where he wanted to go.<br>He'll discover other channels soon enough, I guess. neophyte 2002-02-27T09:55:51+00:00 journal Starting a Journal http://use.perl.org/~neophyte/journal/3109?from=rss I am bad at keeping journals, so I don't expect myself to enter anything regularly. <br>But I'll try to keep readers up to date with my activities concerning YAPC::Europe and <a href="http://niederrhein.pm.org/">niederrhein.pm</a>.<br>And now I will show my son how to connect to IRC.<br> <br>I hope this will not prove to be an immense mistake.<nobr> <wbr></nobr>;) neophyte 2002-02-25T17:18:45+00:00 journal