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  • Posted Sydney-pm December/Christmas Event Details to dean

    Please join us at Sydney Perl Mongers for our December/Christmas meeting and last meet for the 2015 year.

    Date: Wednesday, 16th December 2015
    Time: 6-9pm
    Place: Ooyala and Telstra Software Group Office, Level 9, 175 Liverpool St, Sydney

    One of the devel…

  • Commented on Larry Wall, Hero of the Revolution, the T-Shirt
    Che Guevara banned music, burned books, hated blacks, was an anti-Semite, oversaw execution squads, murdered his enemies, and oversaw a system that imprisoned gay men solely for being gay. I suggest that the perl community doesnt associate itself with a...
  • Posted Another awesome Sydney-PM to dean

    Thanks to the 14 people who attended and our three speakers, John, Peter and Mandy. Hopefully their slide decks will be available shortly.

    In the "Good news everyone!" category, there are a couple of Perl shops in Sydney who are hiring right now (afaik, local not remote workers). People sh…

  • Posted Sydney PM November - Tomorrow! to dean

    It's Tomorrow!

    Date: Tuesday, 10th November 2015
    Time: 6-9pm
    Place: Broadbean, Suite 8.03, 9 Hunter Street Sydney

    Best train station: Probably Townhall?

    Lighting Talks:

    John Horner, "extracting poetry from the Twitter fireh…

  • Posted Sydney Perl Mongers October 2015 to dean

    Step right up, step right up, step right up. Everyone's a winner!

    What: Sydney Perl Mongers
    When: Monday October 12th, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
    Where: Fishburners, 608 Harris St, Ultimo, N…

  • Posted BZ::Client updated for Bugzilla 5.0 to dean

    Since receiving co-maintainer for BZ::Client about a year ago, I have been gradually sprucing things up with code style tweaks, including patches from RT etc.


  • Posted Getting big without getting fat, in perl to dean

    I presented this talk last night at Sydney PM to a crowd of 12 enthusiastic mongers. Thanks to Catalyst-IT for hosting us, and for shouting free pizza and drinks!


  • Posted Seeking helpers for Net::DHCP to dean

    Are you sitting at home thinking "I've got all this free time, I really want to make use of it playing around with bitstrings using pack and unpack" ?

    Your search is over! I need your help!

    For some time now I have been chipping away at enhancements for Net::DHCP. …

  • Posted Sydney Perl Mongers August 2015 to dean

    It's hard to believe its August already! Catalyst-IT have offered to host us this month, so I went ahead and booked their board room.

    What: Sydney PM
    Date: Tuesday, 18th August 2015
    Time: 6-9:30pm
    Where: Catalyst, Suite 501-504, 89 York St Sydney NSW

    The buildi…

  • Posted From Sydney PM "EVANGELIZING PERL" to dean

    Stuart Cooper gave a talk at this last month's Sydney PM meeting. His talk was "analog" in that he gave it without slides from hand written notes with the purpose of provoking a guided discussion. The outcome was rather successful with people offering thoughts and experiences, along with…

  • Posted Getting modern with logging via Log4perl to dean

    From last night's Sydney PM, my talk on Log4perl. In retrospect I should have named it "Logging: Not the fun kind with chainsaws and axes, but the boring kind with grep and less". Check it out:


  • Posted Tomorrow night, Sydney-PM to dean

    Please join us tomorrow night, (21st July) at 6pm for our monthly meeting.

    Full details including location etc in this post

    Fliers can be ="…

  • Posted Sydney PM July 2015 to dean

    Hi All

    Broadbean have again kinldy offered to host us this month, thanks be to Peter Harrison for setting the wheels in motion once again.

    What: Sydney PM
    Date: Tuesday, 21st July 2015
    Time: 6-9:30pm
    Where: Broadbean, Suite 8.03, 9 Hunter Street, Sydney…

  • Posted Problems logging in to to dean

    If you're having trouble logging in here, try this link rather than the one above.

    See also github issue #294

  • Posted Sydney PM May 2015 to dean

    In brief, SiteSuite have agreed to host on the 14th of May.

    Dates beyond that are up for grabs, and speakers are welcomed for any and all meetings.

    Help promote by printing and hanging either the ="…

  • Posted Some Useful Debian Packages to dean

    Obviously these are probably in other distributions and BSD's. Debian is win though.


    Actually reduce/stop clock drift, rather than having ntp constantly tweaking the system time. Useless on VM's obviously.


    Emails y…

  • Posted Sydney-PM Tonight ! (April 14th) to dean

    Hosted by us at Broadbean. The address is Level 8, 9 Hunter Street, Sydney 2000.

    The front doors close promptly at 6pm. If you arrive before 6pm, then walk straight in (there's no sign in process). When on the 8th floor, there's signs to say we're to the left. Come on in!

    If you ar…

  • Posted Looking for BZ::Client Author to dean

    I am looking to contact Jochen Wiedmann who is the BZ::Client author (amongst other modules) whom I am guessing resides in Finland. I have emailed the associated email address and I created an

  • Posted Looking for HTML::FormFu patches and contributions to dean

    The HTML::FormFu module is well known enough to be mentioned in detail in both published Catalyst books. Despite a reasonable learning curve, once mastered saves enormous time in creating web-based forms.

    The author/maintainer, Carl (aka fireartist), has been nice enough to allow me to ge…

  • Posted Sydney-PM April 2015 to dean

    Broadbean have offered to host us this month, thanks be to Peter Harrison for setting the wheels in motion.

    What: Sydney PM
    Date: Tuesday, 14th April 2015
    Time: 6-9:30pm
    Where: Broadbean, Suite 8.03, 9 Hunter Street, Sydney

    Speakers are needed!

    Here ar…

  • Posted Firefox is dead... or something to dean

    In terms of market share, there has been no shortage of comparisons between Perl and Firefox over recent years. For that reason then, I found recent analysis of survey…

  • Posted Upcoming 2015 Sydney PM Meets to dean

    In brief...

    Catalyst have agreed to host us on March 10th.

    Broadbean have asked to have us on April 14th.

    SiteSuite have agreed to host on the 14th of May.

    Dates beyond that are up for grabs, and speakers are welcomed for any and all meetings.

    Help promote b…

  • Posted Blocking DNS malware with Perl and BIND to dean

    This evening at Sydney-PM, Nick Urbanik gave an excellent presentation about his work at a large well known Australian Internet provider, in automatically blocking malicious DNS requests in Bind based resolution servers.

    His method uses Perl, Inotify and Bind.

    If you have customers…

  • Posted Sydney-PM February 2015 to dean

    If you happen to be in Sydney Australia this month, please join us for a night of Perl and conversation.

    SiteSuite have again offered to host us this month, thanks be to Cees Hek for setting the wheels in motion. Note: SiteSuite have moved, so check th…

  • Posted OpenWest 2015 - Call for Papers to dean

    I just noticed on the SLC-PM Facebook that the OpenWest Conference 2015 has called for Papers.

    Last year it had a whole track for Perl topics. The content was excellent and can be

  • Commented on Michael McClennen gave this talk at MadMongers last week.
  • Commented on Michael McClennen gave this talk at MadMongers last week.
    'This video has been removed because its too long' ?...
  • Commented on Use Ctrl-d!
    Reminds me of the NetApp CLI (OnTap)... which forces ctrl-D...
  • Commented on Perl::Critic Has New Home And New Look
    Great work JRT...
  • Posted Spotify and Perl Article to dean

    Sawyer X recently gave a talk in which he outlined that merely talking about the stuff we are doing helps promote perl (watch his talk here on youtube). I believe he is absolutely correct.

    Mike Schilli is one person who I think…

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