No Perl content here... but a hard-won workaround to an annoying problem.
I was trying to install InDesign CS3. After hours of beating my head against the wall, I realized (1) Adobe CS3 was not specced for Vista Home Basic, (2) my machine ran Vista Home Basic, (3) upgrading Vista would put money into Microsoft's pocket needlessly and (4) temporarily disabling Vista's UAC controls would enable InDesign to install.
For a less sanguine, real-time rant, you can read my remarks on John Nack's blog.
Firefox doesn't really suck, but this bug does, and I'm getting desperate enough to use any forum I can to spread the word about it.
I say, hell yes! Here's why:
I think there is a need for an O'Reilly book that would meld together parental concerns with a hacker ethos. Here's what I would like to see discussed:
In the comments, Nat continued:
I don't mind other parents using one while their kids are young, I'm just not going to be responsible for the book that teaches them. It's dual-use technology, and from what I've seen of the parents of teenagers around here, most parents are like rogue nations when it comes to their children. They spy, snoop, invade, and threaten. From what I've seen, no more than 10% of parents would think of disabling a porn filter on their kids computers, even if they were told "but it could prevent your kid from accessing Planned Parenthood and similar sites!" They'd see that as a plus.
If there was some way to keep the book in the hands of parents who feel the same way I do, I'd have no problem. But as there isn't, I would rather not create a book that will help those fascist parents to treat their kids like chattels. I understand someone probably will write the book to help them, eventually, it just won't be me.
To which I respond: It sounds to me like you're treating the parents the same way you complain they're treating their kids. Don't you think parents of teens are open to a fair discussion of the ups and downs of censorship?
I'll tell you: Teenagers is a whole different game than toddlers. Just when you think you've got junior trained to not throw spaghetti on the wall, they turn 11 or 12 or 13 and, whoosh!, the pasta's in play once again. My wife and I have drawn up elaborate, somewhat silly rules for one of our teens -- because it was just too hard for her to take responsibility for herself. I think teens need arbitrary and silly rules, because otherwise they'll cross over the sensible ones.
Nat, if I had a lot more time, I'd be rewriting this and the previous post as a book proposal. Though I would only do it if I could ask Larry Wall for a preface....
Problem: I bought a used IBM ThinkPad 240 on ebay. A great little machine, but... the cd-rom is external. It plugs into the PCMCIA slot... and you need to load drivers to read the thing. And I didn't really want to do a great deal of hacking to get DOS (or linux) to load the drivers to read in the operating system.
Solution: I downloaded the basic cardsoft pcmcia drivers from the IBM home page, I think from the TP240 download section. This didn't let me read the CD-Rom. But it did enable me -- I belatedly discovered -- to read a Compact Flash card placed into a PCMCIA adapter.
Once I figured that out, I simply copied the OS cd into 128 MB chunks from my desktop, transfered the chunks via the CF card onto the thinkpad hard drive, and voila! I was able to install.
Yes, it's embarrasingly simple in hindsight. But I sure wish I thought of the idea sooner... or found it through my Google hunting!
I'm trying to get my task lists organized. Before I build my own, is there any server-based task list program that can handle updates via email as well as by the Web?
I'd like to be able to forward an email, with some lines at the top:
title call the broker
est 1 hour
And create a task, with all the data, and have the rest of the email be attached.
Any suggestions? Or any suggestions for an existing web-based program that I could hack in Perl to add the email functionality?
Current contents include:
This seems like an opportune time to note that the new Perl Journal, while perhaps not as wonderful as Jon Orwant's version, has been well worth the $1/issue.
I wonder how this compares in practice to Komodo.
Of course, the staff is probably all getting their Anthrax shots, to keep up with brian....
and be smart enough to gently guide users to making the correct choices:
Certainly some of these are easier than others. But any will help make those of us without root feel less like deadwood among the Perlish.