Monday February 02, 2004
To start, drinks with Randal on Saturday was great. He is always interesting to listen to, but even better to actually talk to in person.
Been thinking about Perl application examples that I can put on my new website. I would like to have some examples of the work that I have done on my own. Unfortunately, everything I have done to date I do not have rights to publish, nor in most cases access to. So I am left with perl skills and a blank slate.
So the next step is thinking, what in the world do I want to spend some spare time on creating or at least editing and releasing back to the open source community (and no I don't think bugfixes count). I've got a nice blank sheet of paper next to me with "ideas" written on it. Perhaps I make this post in hopes that someone who has an intelligent idea, but no time to implement it will throw me a tremendously large bone. Keep dreaming, I know.
Here's hoping something stirs in the brain the upcoming days.
Saturday January 31, 2004
The DBA and such
Monday I will filing a certificate of DBA here in Schenectady. I have the domain name all picked out and ready to roll, along with a VDS hosting company which has mod_perl. I'm excited just to have mod_perl on a server that I don't have to have racked anywhere near me, yet have almost complete control over it. Very good news. I will have more information on the specs of the company after monday, for now though it's just me.
Other good news, the company that I currently do telecommuting work for is very interested in having me as a consultant from now, well into the future. This is very good news since they are right now my only source of income! Cheers guys for sticking with me.
Thanks to the first post here, Randal Schwartz emails me out of the blue and says he will be in Albany tonight. That could be interesting and did I mention very interesting?
I came across a nice script to help when you are trying to determine a list of all installed modules on your system. I know there are other ways than this, but this script gives you quite a load of information and is certainly worth mentioning http://sniptools.com/perldigger
Finally, it's never too early to start planning for the 2004 YAPC conference. This year is BUFFALO, NY -- my old residence. Site is: http://buffalo.pm.org/yapc/
live: $free or $die;
Friday January 30, 2004
This is the start of the journal for me here in the Albany, NY area. I have been looking for Albany.pm or a Saratoga.pm group but the webpage is quite a sad sight. I've talked to one other perl guy and he informed me that there is no active group here whatsoever. Perhaps the spring will be a time for rebirth?
For the time being, I will begin the struggle to remove myself from the status of slightly unemployed. Slight unemployed means I have a part time job telecommuting, but need another job for monetary reasons.
I believe I will start posting here an update of my hunt for a Perl job(s) in the Albany area. So far a couple of leads, and a couple of interesting telecommuting gigs available. Here's hoping.