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Adrian (66)


The hats I wear at work include: accessibility consultant; information architect; software developer (of the agile/XP/TDD breed - mostly in Perl); usability consultant; web site designer. I'm very dull:-) . []

Journal of Adrian (66)

Saturday September 03, 2005
09:08 PM

My new favourite word: fomites

A.Word.A.Day supplied this wonderful word recently.

fomites (FOM-i-teez) plural noun
Any inanimate object, such as a book, money, carpet, etc. that can transmit germs from one person to another.

A term ripe for application to flash drives, iPods, etc.

Sunday August 28, 2005
07:23 AM

Can't find developers?

If your organisation can't find decent developers in the current job market it will almost certainly be due to one or more of the following:

  • You are not paying enough
  • You are doing boring work

Pay more. Be less boring. Profit.

(the blunt version of a conversation I had yesterday :-)

Friday August 26, 2005
04:48 PM

Interviews, smoking and mobile phones

Had a job interview with some nice folk near Oxford today, which meant that I had the joys of Virgin trains for part of my journey.

Amid all the usual announcements about not leaving your bag around, and the excuse-of-the-day for being late, was a gem I've not come across before. Apparently they "offer a non smoking policy".

They "offer" one?

"Would sir like a non-smoking policy?"
"Not today I'm trying to give them up."

Hell - I don't smoke and this pissed me off. God knows how the smokers feel.

Also - if you're in the mobile free carriage and see a bit fat bloke tapping away at his powerbook please don't be tempted to make a phone call. Because I'll move next to you. And sing. Badly.

News flash for those who don't realise...

People sitting in the mobile free carriage do so to avoid listening to your fucking puerile conversations. Even if it's "just for a minute". Even if "I have to sit here because there isn't a table in the other carriage". Tough luck.

Phone off or fat bloke next to you singing. Your choice.

We now return you to your regular broadcast.

Sunday August 21, 2005
06:03 AM

Bad job adverts - #3 in an ongoing series

Some companies/agents seem to re-post their adverts on a daily basis. Whether this is an option they buy with the site in question, a bot, or a very bored human I don't know. However, when the job includes the line:

Applications to be received by 8 August

and it's now the 21st - there really doesn't seem much point...

Friday August 19, 2005
07:40 AM

Bad job adverts - #2 in an ongoing series

Process consultants urgently needed. To work in London. Excellent oppertunity. Must have Prior experience. UNIX, Perl, NT Architecture, Leadership experience. This role comes with an excellent salary and excellent bennefits package. Only apply if you genuinely believe you have what is required. NO CHANCERS PLEASE.

It's that last sentence that cracks me up. Because, y'know, nothing deters shoplifters more than a "no shoplifters" sign. Really!

They could, of course, put enough information down the job so that it's harder for people to go "yeah, I can bullshit that". But that would require actual effort wouldn't it.


05:21 AM

Joel misses the point

When Joel Spolsky's latest rant includes things like:

I have consistently saved time and made better products by using BDUF and I’m proud to use it, no matter what the XP fanatics claim. They’re just wrong on this point and I can’t be any clearer than that.

and then goes on to describe exactly the sort of changes that you would find in an agile process I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

Hell, you could cut up his spec document, stick them on cards and you'd have a typical XP release plan!

Just like the dreadful eXtreme Programming Refactored book he creates a straw man version of what he thinks XP is like, and demolishes it.

I can't be bothered to argue with this sort of thing anymore. I'll just carry on making great software with methods and practices that do work, whatever Joel says :-)

Tuesday August 16, 2005
06:27 AM

Bad job adverts - #1 in an ongoing series

I'm ambling around looking for a new job at the moment. This means, amongst other things, I'm looking at the job advertisements.

I'm continually amazed at how bad they can be. Like Ovid I have ranted about them in the past.

Here's my favourite for today. You don't need to see anything apart from the title:


Apart from the ALL CAPS SHOUTING - a 25k salary range. Yup. They really know what they want. Bin.

Friday July 29, 2005
04:59 AM

C::DBI fallout

Just a note of agreement with Ovid and Schwern's comments that sebastian's presentation of the recent C::DBI debacle is a tad one sided.

Wednesday June 16, 2004
04:20 AM

First come, first served II

More GMail invites have just arrived. As before if you want one just mail me at First come first served until the invite(s) run out.

(note: I rarely look at my GMail mail more than once a day so don't expect a rapid response.)

Update: All gone. Please stop mailing me :-)

Tuesday June 15, 2004
08:54 AM

First come first served.

Since I got a GMail account through a pathetic whinge I might as well return the favour.

Mail me at if you want a GMail invite. First come first served until the invite(s) run out.

(note: I rarely look at my GMail mail more than once a day so don't expect a rapid response.)

Update: All gone. Please stop mailing me :-)