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Matts (1087)

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I work for MessageLabs [] in Toronto, ON, Canada. I write spam filters, MTA software, high performance network software, string matching algorithms, and other cool stuff mostly in Perl and C.

Journal of Matts (1087)

Sunday December 02, 2007
09:41 AM


What goes: Bump bump bump bump bump splash

Answer: Me falling down the basement stairs with 2 drinks in my hand.

Mother %^&#$%@! did that ever hurt.

Friday November 23, 2007
07:00 PM

Sand Grass


        Not much to say about this - shot at the same time as the previous pic.

Original here

Monday November 19, 2007
01:52 PM

The Beach


        Shot at the beach in Kincardine, Ontario. This is mostly as-shot thanks
        to my new Cokin filters (polarizer, ND-Grad, and ND filters used here).

Original here

Thursday September 20, 2007
10:42 AM

Cwd failing?

Has anyone seen cwd() failing on an extremely high load server? I don't really understand why it fails (only happens under extreme load), and wondered if anyone had any insight.

Wednesday September 19, 2007
02:30 PM

DBD::SQLite 1.14

After a long hiatus I've finally done a bit of hacking on DBD::SQLite. It's updated to the latest core sqlite, and applied a bunch of important patches from RT. I also added in the FTS code (edit: FTS is Full Text Search) - though I haven't tested that so if someone else can do that'd be awesome (if you can supply me with a working .t file for adding to the distro that'd be doubly awesome).


Friday September 07, 2007
01:07 PM

I made the front page of Slashdot...

Monday August 20, 2007
09:20 PM

I sometimes wonder what I've contributed...

Being an open source geek is an interesting position to be in. You can hack on bizarre stuff that barely anyone uses (like Net::IMAP::Simple::NB) or you can hack on stuff that people use but you rarely hear about (like CDB_File, which I didn't create but at least I maintain it).

But then there's the "other" stuff. The things you randomly hear about people installing as "essential" tools, like XML::XPath, or more commonly lately DBD::SQLite.

What's odd about DBD::SQLite is that it has now become a staple of so many tiny little applications (most recently I read about some hack of reddit that someone had done) that if it suddenly went away it would be like perl going away. And that both gives me a wonderful sense of joy (for helping those people) and a terrible sense of dread (because what if I got it wrong somehow?). Such is the way of free software I guess...

Wednesday July 25, 2007
09:39 PM

I do plumbing

I feel like I really accomplished something today. I actually re-implemented some of the core features of SpamAssassin and made it about 8 times faster. BUT that's not what I'm proud of.

I plumbed.

I managed to accidentally wrench off a tap in my garage a couple of weeks ago, and so I had to re-plumb it back on. But being right up against a drywall it was a bit more complex - a case of cut the pipe, clean the pipe, put on new tap, solder it on, solder on half a joint on the other end, and finally solder the two pieces of pipe back together at the joint end.

Yes it leaked first time. But I realised my screw up - I had soldered it back together with the tap closed, so the air/steam pressure build-up blew the solder out of the join. It doesn't tell you not to do that in any of the instructions, but at least I felt like I learned something. And with plumbing, you learn FAST or you get wet.

So now I can add "basic plumbing" to my resumé. Sweet.

Monday July 16, 2007
07:45 PM

ANNOUNCE: DVD Spanner 1.0

Download Here

Changes in this release:

* DVD Spanner now stores a searchable library of all archived files so that you can always find your files
* Minor cosmetic improvements
* Some bug fixes to how the display is updated

Saturday July 14, 2007
01:16 PM

DVD Spanner 1.0 beta

Download here.

Adds a basic "library" feature which keeps track of all files you've burned. Useful to be able to find files that you've burned previously.