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Tuesday February 06, 2007
10:13 AM

Nothing to see here, folks

I have nothing to announce, but since the non-announcement affects my presence at international Perl events, I figured I'd tell you nothing about it. So, don't check it out.
Saturday October 28, 2006
09:46 AM

See for non-Perl entries

I'm starting to post at my Vox blog for non-Perl-related entries. For example, I just posted how I got a GNU car recently.
Thursday October 26, 2006
12:16 PM

It's not how the votes are cast, but how they are counted

In version of the machine that was in use as late as 2003, the exact same supervisor PIN was hard-coded into every single AccuVote TS shipped nationwide. That PIN was 1111. (I am not making this up.)

Friday October 20, 2006
06:35 AM

Perl KDE bindings, anyone?

I'm at an open source conference in Venezula, and one of the other speakers is a big guy in the KDE world. Apparently, KDE is going to emphasize being able to write tools in high level widgets, for which they have great Python and Ruby supported bindings and demonstrations. But when I asked about Perl, he said that it wasn't being included, because nobody is maintaining any sort of KDE binding for Perl!

Those of you looking for a project, please contact me and I'll put you in touch with him. I really think Perl should be represented in this space.

Thursday October 05, 2006
09:56 AM

"Communication is free"

Not sure why it took this long, but someone has finally posted audio from my "Communication is free" talk at FISL7.0 in Brazil a few months ago.
Friday September 22, 2006
09:17 AM

You don't know objects if you don't know Smalltalk

I've often argued that a programmer who says "I know objects" without having touched one of the "pure object" systems like Smalltalk or Eiffel, doesn't really know "objects". When people would ask "what is smalltalk?", I'd point them at Squeak.

Well Keith Fieldhouse has gone and done the next good thing: he's written an article for OnLAMP about Squeak that gives far more handholding than I've been able to do quickly. Yeay Keith. That one's going into my bookmarks.

Sunday September 17, 2006
09:37 PM

"Responsible Breech Reporting" - me on another podcast again

I was interviewed for another episode of Security Catalyst: this time, a panel on reponsible breech reporting. Check it out!

Update: or yeah, breach not breech!

11:51 AM

Perl Fridge Magnets as OmniGraffle Template

Perhaps posted before, but I just stumbled across the Perl Fridge Magnets as an OmniGraffle stencil. Enjoy.
Tuesday August 29, 2006
11:39 PM

Plates on sticks! Bears on bicycles!

And a group doing the Sabre Dance on marimba!
Monday August 07, 2006
10:55 AM

More Leo, more cruise comments, and now in MP3 goodness

I've just pushed episodes 12 to 14 of GeekCruises News-es: The Podcast on the time-release site (the first came out today). In these episodes, my buddy Leo Laporte interviews me in a sort of "reverse interview format".

Also, based on a lot of feedback, I've dropped the "enhanced podcast" format and replaced it with a traditional MP3 flavor. All my grand plans of having lots of embedded pictures and URL links haven't materialized in the first 11 shows, so it's time to fall back to something almost everybody can enjoy.