Blog entries from August, 2008

A talk at Perl Mongers

Sunday, August 17th, 2008 at 09:11pm

Last Wednesday at Perl Mongers I gave a talk on handling non-ASCII characters in Perl. The slides are now available.

However I really need to acknowledge Juerd Waalboer, the author of the Perl Unicode Tutorial. It was only after finding his Perl Unicode Advice page and the slides from his Perl Unicode Tutorial from YAPC::Europe 2007 that changed what looked like a really horrible problem into something much simpler.

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Hard rubbish time again

Saturday, August 9th, 2008 at 03:23pm

It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was using the local council’s hard rubbish collection as a reason to sort through my collection.

That was actually a year ago and, apart from getting rid of the Suns and some minor additions, I have yet to do any major sorting of my collection.

Now that I have a fixed deadline by which I need to have some more sorting done by, I actually need to be working on a talk for perl mongers this coming Wednesday.

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iPhone arrives after 19 days

Thursday, August 7th, 2008 at 06:12pm

Today, after 19 days of waiting, I got The Call. My iPhone was in! So I went home a different way and picked it up.

It is nice. Really nice.

So far I have checked out the browser, the maps, setup email from my home IMAP server and synced over the calendar and address book from my PowerBook. Right now I am applying the 2.0.1 update.

Checking my mail was quite nice and I’m really liking how RSS items appear, courtesy of rss2email that runs from my linux box. It is also clear that an Inbox Zero approach will be a requirement.

My quick attempt at accessing my home wireless was a failure, but I think the issue is with the router as I have had problems connecting my PowerBook before.

I shall continue to explore the device and in a week or so will post an update like Wes did.

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14 days and still no bandwagon

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008 at 04:10pm

It has now been two weeks since I signed up for an iPhone, and I don’t have one. Which is very frustrating. Talk on the forums (MacTalk and others) is that a large amount of stock will be getting to stores on Monday. That would be good, but I’m not holding my breath.

Although I don’t have the phone, I do have an additional charger and two docks, one for home and one for work. I ordered these online from the Apple Store and they arrived a few days later. That’s how things should be done.

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