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Name: Bek Oberin
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Geek and open-source developer when I'm healthy enough, my disesases conspire to stop me more often than I'd like.

My favourite game is toolsmithing. Writing those little bits of code and shell script that glue things together. Unix is like meccano for grownups!

I'm mostly a Perl hacker, having worked on lots of Perl modules, available on my Netizen homepage and on CPAN (username 'GOSSAMER'). I also write techdoc and other non-fiction stuff and work (when well enough) with Netizen.


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No hacking lately. Been sick as the proverbial. I hate being sick. Blah. Whine whinge grumble.

Oh, and the stupid collegehouse server (where I get my net connection) filled up their disk last Friday and nobody's fixed it yet. Went down today to the office to complain to the house manager and explained that the server disk was full (which I only happened to know from its sendmail error codes) and she said, I quote, "We're written to the company who installed the system to complain." I hate dealing with non-techies. Argh. I've half a mind to break into the server room and fix the bloody thing myself.

Finished scanning in all my artwork, for those who are interested. Returned the scanner to my parents. Want my own!

Been programming LPC stuff for Sanctuary MUD. A steep learning curve for LPC and there's fuck-all documentation out there that seems to be appropriate. Having fun though, programming pets that follow you around the mud. My new timesink I think.

Finished the artwork scripts. All the filenames and descriptions and alt texts stored in a file and a put-stuff-here HTML template and it all works perfectly. Not all my art is scanned yet but you can see the third of it that is scanned up here. I'm pleased with the scripts, they do exactly what I wanted. Yay!

Coded a little tonight. I've been Having A Life lately and haven't had time to get into hackmode, but I coded a bit tonight. Just a script to display my artwork jpegs properly, with a nifty little datafile to look up the proper description for every file. Saves writing a separate html file for each picture and I'm Lazy as defined in the Perl book. It's not quite working yet but I'll chuck it into my code directories when it's done.

More frobbing of the mail-summary-display script. It now uses Mail::Folder, GetArgs::Std and MuttAliasas, and runs faster to boot. I know this probably isn't something anybody else is ever going to use because there are zillions of them out there ... To answer Skud's good Quality Vs Quantity article, I guess it's my getting-back-into-coding-again version of "Hello World". I'll get better.

On the useful-to-the-world side of life, I emailed about a new module that parses and does lookups and reverse-lookups of Mutt aliases files. It's all written and is being used (see above) but it needs a proper name before I upload it to CPAN.

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