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Sunday October 12, 2008
04:10 PM

PPW 2008 slides

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PPW is wrapping up. I gave three talks, and it was probably my least stressful set of presentations yet. I'm traditionally really bad about posting my slides, so now I'll reverse that trend.

"Who's Afraid Of 2038?" is an expansion of my 5 minute lightning talk on the year 2038 problem into a 50 minute trip into the problem, the history, the failed solutions and the actual solution being implemented in Perl.

"Crap Is Gold" (my best talk title evar).

"Method::Signatures" is the talk about that module I've been yammering about for the last couple weeks.

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  • I could only read the slides - but it sounds like a great talk. Just to play devils advocate - this use'ocracy leads to prefferential attachment and power law distribution of usage - making the established players virtual monopolist. Don't we need just a bit of speculation to balance that and let new modules attack these monopolist positions?
    • Perhaps you're confusing things with the degenerate form of the usedocracy, the dependocracy. This is where people use software not because they prefer it but because they have piles of code which depend on it. Or because of a dominating format, such as Microsoft Office. That is a form of monopoly.

      In a healthy usedocracy, needs are constantly evolving. As needs are met, users become more sophisticated and develop more sophisticated needs. The software that met the simpler needs often does not hold up

      • Dependocracy certainely is one thing - but there is also exposurocracy and those two reinforce each other.
        • Dependence is a very different thing from the problem of informing the consumer, but they both result in users not finding the best product to meet their needs. The former restricts the user by locking them into using a certain module, despite knowing that better options exist. The latter is where they just don't know a better option exists. The problem of the "well informed consumer" who is so important to a healthy economy. It has a very different solution.

          Right now, knowledge new modules gets spread

          • Exactly! I can add to this that in countries where freelancing is a viable option the word of mouth works much better then here where the new knowlege rarely crosses company boundary.