vek's Journal http://use.perl.org/~vek/journal/ vek'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. 2012-01-25T02:10:28+00:00 pudge pudge@perl.org Technology hourly 1 1970-01-01T00:00+00:00 vek's Journal http://use.perl.org/images/topics/useperl.gif http://use.perl.org/~vek/journal/ New Phone http://use.perl.org/~vek/journal/7009?from=rss <p>So I'm now the proud owner of a Samsung <a href="http://www.samsungusa.com/cgi-bin/nabc/prod/hhcommerce/telecommunications/sph_a460_gallery.jsp">SPH A460</a>. I like it. It doesn't actually <b>work</b> but I like it<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:-)</p><p>Called to activate the phone and the config menu I'm supposed to get doesn't show up. "You need to take the phone back to the store as it's not working how it should" was the final decision by the <a href="http://www.sprintpcs.com/">Sprint</a> rep.</p><p>Too add insult to injury the phone call lasted 1hr 53 minutes. Along with activating the new phone I was trying to convert my existing plan over to one of their "add-a-phone, shared-minutes family plan" thingies. At one point there were 4 people in the rep's cubie trying to figure out why the system wasn't working the way it should. I kid you not, they had the rep, his supervisor and two "experts" ('cause they'd been there the longest) trying to change my account. The supervisor couldn't apologize enough - gave me a decent credit on my account to thank me for being so patient. Good thing too because I was *this* close to telling them where they could stick their fscking service<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:-)</p><p>Anyhoo, my wife exchanged the phone for a new one this morning so (fingers crossed) I'll be able to get it activated and actually use the bloody thing tonight<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:-)</p> vek 2002-08-09T19:22:30+00:00 journal LOTR http://use.perl.org/~vek/journal/6921?from=rss <p><a href="http://us.imdb.com/Title?0120737">Lord Of The Rings</a> comes out on DVD tomorrow. Seeing as I was one of the few people on the planet who did <b>not</b> go and see it at the cinema, I'm quite looking forward to renting it actually.</p><p><b>Update:</b> well it's still Monday in my neck of the woods (10:22pm) so to say it's coming out tomorrow is <b>still</b> ok<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:-)</p> vek 2002-08-06T05:19:59+00:00 journal This afternoon's playing http://use.perl.org/~vek/journal/6895?from=rss <p>More Perl fun on my wife's Windows XP box. This time I was creating an images database for her. Got to play with <a href="http://search.cpan.org/doc/MSERGEANT/DBD-SQLite-0.18/lib/DBD/SQLite.pm">DBD::SQLite</a> which is <b>way</b> cool by the way. She's happy with the programs I wrote for her so that's a few more brownie points for me<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:-)</p> vek 2002-08-05T00:17:57+00:00 journal Another one... http://use.perl.org/~vek/journal/6844?from=rss <p>...to add to the list of modules today that I've found <b>extremely</b> handy: <code>Data::Dumper</code>.</p><p>Ahh, so <b>that's</b> what that nasty <a href="http://www.perldoc.com/perl5.6.1/pod/perldsc.html#HASHES-OF-HASHES">HoH</a> looks like, now I can figure out where the problem lies in this code I've just been asked to maintain/fix.</p><p>Sweet! (the <code>Data::Dumper</code> part, <b>not</b> the nasty code part!)</p> vek 2002-08-01T21:25:46+00:00 journal Apache::Registry Nice http://use.perl.org/~vek/journal/6841?from=rss <p><i>You know, foo.cgi isn't exactly the fastest web application on the block is it? Can you make it faster?</i></p><p>Hmm, large application, don't have time to convert it to a "proper" mod_perl handler...<br><code><br>$cd<nobr> <wbr></nobr>/usr/local/apache/conf<br>$vi httpd.conf<br></code><br>10 (ish) seconds later...<br><code><br>$sudo<nobr> <wbr></nobr>/usr/local/apache/bin/apachectl restart<br></code><br>If you've been ultra strict in your cgi coding, <code>Apache::Registry</code> is your friend<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:-)</p> vek 2002-08-01T19:33:21+00:00 journal And in unrelated news... http://use.perl.org/~vek/journal/6782?from=rss <p>My bloody <a href="http://www.coccyx.org/">tailbone</a> is killing me today for some reason. This makes it somewhat awkward to sit down. Weird I tell ya...</p> vek 2002-07-31T04:48:10+00:00 journal Image::Magick http://use.perl.org/~vek/journal/6781?from=rss <p>So I started messing around with trying to install Image::Magick on my wife's WinXP box. All previous attempts had failed miserably so I wasn't holding out much hope.</p><p>It installed like a charm - first time. Get the bloody flags out.</p><p>Then I whipped up a quick Perl prog to resize images. My wife thinks this is the greatest thing since sliced bread as now she can resize all images in a directory without opening them up one by one in Photoshop. This got me a few brownie points<nobr> <wbr></nobr>;-)</p> vek 2002-07-31T04:42:11+00:00 journal And just for the record http://use.perl.org/~vek/journal/6733?from=rss <p>Tabbed browsing in <a href="http://www.mozilla.org/">Mozilla</a> rocks!</p> vek 2002-07-30T00:21:50+00:00 journal perltidy http://use.perl.org/~vek/journal/6728?from=rss <p>Error message <b>bad</b>:<br><code><br>Missing right curly or square bracket at track_orders.pl line 987, at end of line<br></code><br><a href="http://perltidy.sourceforge.net/">perltidy</a> <b>good</b>:<br><code><br>The most recent un-matched '{' is on line 132<br>132: sub parseTrackFiles {<br></code></p> vek 2002-07-29T18:37:07+00:00 journal Interesting Read http://use.perl.org/~vek/journal/6698?from=rss <p><a href="http://blog.simon-cozens.org/">Simon Cozens</a> on "<i>Why did I <b>really</b> quit Perl?</i>".</p> vek 2002-07-28T15:58:15+00:00 journal Cheerio http://use.perl.org/~vek/journal/6271?from=rss <p>For a while now I've been posting <a href="http://vek.perlmonk.org/">utter</a> <a href="http://use.perl.org/~vek/journal/">drivel</a> in two (count em) blogs. I've made that "oh so big" decision to stop the dual blogging and venture out into the big bad world on my own.</p><p>So from now on you can find my inane ramblings right about <a href="http://vek.perlmonk.org/">here</a>.</p><p>Of course I'll still be reading <b>your</b> ramblings here at use.perl.org. Reading journals has become a morning ritual for me - what can I say, I'm addicted.</p> vek 2002-07-11T06:15:00+00:00 journal Sad Day http://use.perl.org/~vek/journal/6179?from=rss <p>My Grandad died this morning. We've got a pretty close family so this is quite a shock.</p><p>I'll probably be flying back to England next week for the funeral.</p> vek 2002-07-04T20:51:15+00:00 journal Who are you... http://use.perl.org/~vek/journal/6035?from=rss <p><i>...who who, who who</i>?</p><p>Well that would be the great <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2002/SHOWBIZ/News/06/27/entwistle.obit.ap/index.html">Mr Entwistle</a>. RIP.</p> vek 2002-06-28T05:28:22+00:00 journal So it was rather warm today then http://use.perl.org/~vek/journal/5985?from=rss <p>A nice cool 113 degrees (that's 45 degrees celsius for all you non-fahrenheiters). I'm in love with my Air Conditioning<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:-)</p> vek 2002-06-27T01:28:59+00:00 journal My Employer http://use.perl.org/~vek/journal/5968?from=rss <p>So, with yesterday's teeny fraud announcement, it looks like $BIG_COMPANY might become $DEAD_COMPANY. Might not be a bad idea to dust off the ol resume - sigh...</p> vek 2002-06-26T18:37:37+00:00 journal Bush Visit http://use.perl.org/~vek/journal/5929?from=rss <p>So <a href="http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0625fire-bush25.html">President Bush</a> is gracing us with his presence today. Presumably he will declare the <a href="http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0623fire-chronology-ON.html">Show-Low fire</a> area a federal disaster area.</p><p>The local news was all over this story this morning. We got to see the C-17 fly into <a href="http://www.phxskyharbor.com/">Sky Harbor</a>. This is the transport plane that presumably carries the President's motorcade and other misc vehicles. Cool.</p> vek 2002-06-25T14:05:04+00:00 journal And now for today's downer http://use.perl.org/~vek/journal/5913?from=rss <p>Boss takes me into his office. We're having more layoff's at the end of this month. I'm staying put but another one of our developers is being "let go". He's a <b>really</b> nice guy too. Ok now I'm rather bummed. I'm currently watching my newly found work enthusiasm float out of the window. Sigh.</p> vek 2002-06-24T23:25:09+00:00 journal Moby http://use.perl.org/~vek/journal/5909?from=rss <p>So thanks go out to my Brother-in-law for playing the new Moby Album last week. I'm now annoying the crap out of my wife as I'm refusing to listen to anything else in the car at the moment, tee hee<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:-)</p> vek 2002-06-24T20:23:38+00:00 journal First Day Back To Work http://use.perl.org/~vek/journal/5907?from=rss <p>So now I'm all rested and fully motivated again. For a first day back it's not looking too bad actually - cool.</p> vek 2002-06-24T18:39:03+00:00 journal Back Home http://use.perl.org/~vek/journal/5861?from=rss <p>Back home from blighty.</p><p>Feels strange to be back and I can't quite put my finger on why that might be. Perhaps for the first time in 7 years I might be feeling a tad homesick for the ol' homeland? Hmm, weird I tell ya.</p><p>Anyway, had an <b>excellent</b> time. Didn't touch a keyboard in two weeks, had no "net" access whatsoever and <b>still</b> lived to tell the tale<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:-)</p><p>It was great seeing my family again. It was great seeing old friends again. I even bumped into an old Sixth Form teacher of mine in a pub one night. I was bloody surprised that he recognized me and we had a really good conversation.</p><p>Visted Stonehenge - I'll upload some photos onto my <a href="http://vek.perlmonk.org/">Useless Bollocks</a> site in the next few days to prove it!</p><p>Visited the Isle Of Wight (at Wife's request). Wife got to ride in a hovercraft for the first time - and loved it. While we were there we (my Mum, my Dad, my Brother-in-law, my Sister, my Wife) watched England beat Denmark in a quaint little thatched cottage turned pub - fantastic atmosphere, great time was had by all.</p><p>Driving on the "correct" side of the road was, er, interesting for the first 5 minutes or so. Remembering which lane you had to be in for going straight over at a roundabout had me all buggered up at first. A couple of nice reminders from my Sister (a rather good backseat driver actually) had me driving like a pro again in no time! Did someone shrink all the parking spaces though? A 7 point turn just to get out of a bloody parking space in Cambridge had me cracking up!</p><p>Seeing all the Summer festival adverts had me feeling a little nostalgic. Did I really survive that tent at Glastonbury back in the day? Can't quite see my Wife going for that now though<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:-)</p><p>Pubs. Pubs are great. In my neck of the woods here in the suburbs of Phoenix we don't have anything remotely like pubs. Needless to say we made up for that. I think we went down the pub everyday. You know, it might not be a bad idea to give Mr Beer and friends a rest for a while<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:-)</p><p>Sigh, it's time to get back into the swing of things again though (don't you hate that). On today's agenda - catch up with bills, mow lawn, take car for Emissions test, buy food, play with dogs, make phonecalls. I have a spare couple of minutes right now so I think I'll try and catch up on some journals.</p><p>One thing is for sure, I'll certainly try and go back to England more often. It's all the little things you miss.</p> vek 2002-06-22T14:49:57+00:00 journal Today &amp; the next two weeks http://use.perl.org/~vek/journal/5491?from=rss <p>Today is my last workday for two weeks so I'm <i>trying</i> to get as much coding done before I leave today as I can. I'd be lying if I said I was being 100% productive though. Still, I finished work on a short notice project this morning and handed the programs over to QA instead of dumping the code on a co-worker to finish - so that's good at least.</p><p>These are the things I'm wondering about:</p><p>I wonder how it will feel not coding for two weeks? I wonder how it will feel not going online for two weeks? I wonder how long it will take to read everyone's journals that have accumulated over 2 weeks?</p><p>Most of all though, I wonder how amazingly crap I'll be at typing after not touching a keyboard for two weeks?<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:-)</p> vek 2002-06-07T20:28:09+00:00 journal 4:00am http://use.perl.org/~vek/journal/5483?from=rss <p>Yep, I <b>did</b> actually get up and watch the England-Argentina game this morning. With matchsticks holding eyelids open and coffee in hand I was treated to a nice little footie game. Hey that Teddy Sheringham bloke almost scored an absolute <b>cracker</b> within minutes of coming on. Spurs player of course...</p> vek 2002-06-07T15:55:25+00:00 journal Must remember to... http://use.perl.org/~vek/journal/5462?from=rss <p>...temporarily unsubscribe from the plethora of mailing lists I'm on. Learned that lesson the hard way the last time I went on holiday for 2 weeks<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:-)</p> vek 2002-06-06T18:40:07+00:00 journal Yoda http://use.perl.org/~vek/journal/5398?from=rss <p>Props to <a href="http://use.perl.org/~triv/journal/5366">triv</a> for this. I just had to pass it on in case you haven't seen the Yoda jpeg - made the coffee almost come out of my nose it did - <a href="http://www.gaijindesign.com/lawriemalen/jedi/yoda.html">enjoy</a>.</p> vek 2002-06-03T22:18:35+00:00 journal The ol' day thus far http://use.perl.org/~vek/journal/5396?from=rss <p>Number of lines of code written: 0.<br>Number of lines of documentation written: shit load.<br>Amount of fun had at work thus far: none whatsoever<br>Amount of times wished it was time to go home: 57</p><p>Documentation is <b>evil</b>[1] I tell ya<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:-)</p><p>[1] A neccessary evil, but evil nonetheless<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:-)</p> vek 2002-06-03T22:00:34+00:00 journal New Summer Dress Code http://use.perl.org/~vek/journal/5391?from=rss <p>Our Senior Manager just sent round an e-mail informing us that we can wear jeans to work for the summer (now -&gt; August 31). I'm not quite sure what prompted this drastic change in corporate dress code policy especially since I work for $LARGE_COMPANY. Probabaly some attempt at "morale boosting" or something.</p><p>Hmm, could be a windup.<nobr> <wbr></nobr>/me investigates...</p><p><b>UPDATE:</b> No, it's <b>not</b> in fact a windup but 100% true - cool.</p> vek 2002-06-03T17:46:47+00:00 journal Old Skool Gaming http://use.perl.org/~vek/journal/5390?from=rss <p>From the "they don't make games like this anymore" dept:</p><p>My Wife and I (sad video gamers that we are) dusted off a rather beaten-up Super NES yesterday to play a couple of 1992/1993 Squaresoft classics. We somehow got totally involved in <i>Secret Of Mana</i> and the hours <b>flew</b> by. Good fun was had by all<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:-)</p> vek 2002-06-03T17:37:23+00:00 journal pix http://use.perl.org/~vek/journal/5368?from=rss <p>If you're <b>really</b> bored and want to waste a few mintutes of your precious time, here are a few <a href="http://vek.perlmonk.org/cgi-bin/photo.pl?showlist=animals">pix</a> of my kids<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:-)</p> vek 2002-06-02T15:08:04+00:00 journal Image::Magick http://use.perl.org/~vek/journal/5297?from=rss <p>So I gave up. So plan B[1] was put into action. I'm just bummed that I wasted a day farting around with Image::Magick - sigh.</p><p>[1] <a href="http://search.cpan.org/doc/LDS/GD-1.38/GD.pm">GD</a> on linux.</p> vek 2002-05-30T12:12:14+00:00 journal Windows XP fun http://use.perl.org/~vek/journal/5271?from=rss <p>I'm having all kinds of fun installing Image::Magick on my Wife's WinXP box - not. DLL hell.</p><p>I don't have time to mess with it anymore this morning.<nobr> <wbr></nobr>/me has to get ready for work...</p> vek 2002-05-29T12:55:42+00:00 journal