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cbrandtbuffalo (4462)

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Perl programmer at the University at Buffalo.
Monday April 03, 2006
11:24 AM

Triple the fun

If you guessed that subject has to do with triplets, you're right. They tell us we're expecting two boys and a girl. Due dates are near conference season, so travel will be a bit limited this summer. I'm hoping to still make YAPC in Chicago, but OSCON is out this year.

I think life is going to change soon...:)

Friday March 24, 2006
02:02 PM

Division Champs

After nearly 10 years of slogging away and 3 previous trips to the finals, my ice hockey team, P22, has finally won the division championship. It was a close game, and I was playing with slightly bruised ribs, but it sure feels good today (as long as I don't cough :-).

Update: And for you skeptics out there, some pictures (look for the yellow jerseys).

Wednesday February 22, 2006
10:30 AM

Why I Like Damian's Books

Let's face it, tech books can be a bit dull, even if they are about Perl. It helps when the author sprinkles little gems like this in there:

"And it's much easier not to have to ponder the gestalt psychodynamic ramifications of the class on the collective developer consciousness in order to work out that you needed to write that extra line in the first place."

Perl Best Practices, page 344. Thanks, Damian!

Monday February 13, 2006
11:55 AM

Win an ipod for your script

Looks like these folks are looking for some scripts for their repository:

They only have one Perl script! One! There has to be more out there:

Tuesday January 31, 2006
08:23 AM

Flaw in purportedly superior counting method

I've been doing some research recently on usage of various tools on the internet and came across a survey of web servers and app servers on the web sites of fortune 1000 companies. In their explanation of why they approach is superior to the familiar Netcraft survey, they claim they are much more selective, and therefore more relevant.

My issue with this analysis is that it suggests that large fortune 1000 companies have only one web server, have made only one technology choice, and it is up for display at the front door. This is a fundamental flaw in their theory that their results are more significant than the Netcraft results. All they are showing is what these companies use at the front door. These sites don't typically do much aside from showing flashy pictures to visitors. Large companies have 10's if not 100's of other internal and external web sites for dealing with a variety of constituents. What are those other sites running?

Of course, it's very difficult or impossible to find out, but I'll bet there is a mix of technology across all large companies such that you can't make the blanket statement that Company X has chosen Apache or IIS. Life just isn't that simple.

Monday October 31, 2005
12:56 PM

YAPC::NA::2006 venue selected

After going over the bids and voting, the TPF Conference Committee has selected Chicago to host YAPC 2006. Look for a more official announcement soon.

All of the bids this year were excellent. We owe special thanks to all three groups for pulling together bids to make sure we had a YAPC::NA next summer. Things went a little beyond the original deadline, but now we're back on track.

Also, many thanks to the Conference Committee for taking time to read the bids, discuss, and vote.

Congrats to, and see you all in Chicago next summer!

Friday October 21, 2005
11:16 AM

YAPC bid review process

The Perl Foundation Conference Committee members are currently reading over the bid submissions and marking their tally cards. We use various weighted criteria in the first phase of the selection process to get an objective number. Then, if necessary, we talk over other subjective impressions. Once we have consensus, we pick the winner and move on from there.

Right now, we're in phase one. I hope to have all the votes in by the end of the this weekend. Then we'll discuss and try to work toward a decision by next weekend.

Monday October 17, 2005
01:39 PM

YAPC::NA::2006 bids are in!

For those of you following along at home, we had no bids by the original bid deadline in September. Once this word got out, some bold souls said, "This will not do!" and asked if we would still accept bids.

"But of course!" we said, and so the race was on. We set a new date, which was this last Saturday, and we received three proposals.

The three contenders are: Boston, Chicago, and Vancouver (all NHL cities, I might add). The TPF conferences committee will be going over the bids, discussing, and voting soon. We'll try to have an answer in the next two weeks.

Friday September 23, 2005
06:34 AM

Gartner finally starts to get it.

Gartner is finally starting to glean that industry is using open source. Apparently Tim O'Reilly seriously opened some eyes last year when he gave a keynote at a Gartner conference. They've gone so far as to create their first ever open source summit this year, and Tim is speaking again.

Many people use Garter information as a major component of their decision making, so it's important that they are finally getting clued-in. As they say, better late than never.

Monday September 19, 2005
11:15 AM

The NHL is back

Many of you probably don't care, but I sure do. The NHL pre-season has started and I got my first taste of live action Saturday night as the Sabres beat the Caps.

Leading up to the game, the mood in HSBC Arena can be described in one word: giddy. Grown men were literally skipping down the halls before the initial puck dropped. The good vibe in the air was palpable. It was fantastic.

The game was a bit sloppy, but it was great to just be there again. Here's hoping they can avoid being so thickheaded in the future.

Go Sabres!