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Feather accounts available for new users

by Juerd (Abbot)
on Feb 08, 2006 at 17:32 UTC ( #528863=perlnews: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

(This message is primarily for those who know what feather is, or do not need guidance to find out. That's why I'm not going to introduce feather, and will just assume you know about it already.)

Feather has recently seen a memory upgrade from 1 GB to 2 GB. As memory is the greatest bottleneck (waiting for CPU time is much better that waiting for memory/disk swapping), this means that feather can now handle more simultaneous users.

Many existing feather users have indicated that they are currently deprived of tuits to work on Perl 6, so that frees up even more resources.

If you think you could put feather access to good use, in any way to the benefit of any of the Perl 6 projects, please request an account by sending me an email (juerd AT feather.perl6.nl) in which you explicitly ask for an account. Make sure that the message includes your real name, preferred username, and what you think you will use feather for. Do not request an account by other means.

To answer the most frequently asked question: yes, playing with Perl 6 and reporting bugs (as unit tests) *is* a valid use of feather, even if you're writing "just" a simple wiki or IRC bot. And to answer the second most frequently asked question: Yes, using feather for discussing Perl 6 by e-mail (username@feather.perl6.nl; mutt and webmail are available) or IRC (screen+irssi and webirc are available) is also a good use of the machine.

Juerd # { site => 'juerd.nl', plp_site => 'plp.juerd.nl', do_not_use => 'spamtrap' }

Update: title changed to something more descriptive, per chatterbox request.

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Re: Feather accounts available for new users
by jZed (Prior) on Feb 08, 2006 at 18:00 UTC
    (This message is primarily for those who know what feather is, or do not need guidance to find out. That's why I'm not going to introduce feather, and will just assume you know about it already.)
    That statement is 36 words long. Is feather something so complex that it can't be explained in 36 words? A google search for "feather perl" yields 217,000 hits most of which are about "Birds of a Feather" meetings at OSCON or some reference to Apache's feather icon. The most relevant one was a perl6 message from you which also failed to describe what "feather" is, although it appears to be a machine rather than a software. Yes, sure I could dig further to find out what you are talking about, but why should I bother?

      This message is primarily for those who know what feather is, or do not need guidance to find out.
      why should I bother?

      There is no reason you should, as this message was apparently not meant for you. :) Nevertheless, thank you for caring.

      To answer your other question:

      Is feather something so complex that it can't be explained in 36 words?

      Yes, I believe so. A proper explanation would take quite some effort to put in words, of which there will likely be more than 36.

      Juerd # { site => 'juerd.nl', plp_site => 'plp.juerd.nl', do_not_use => 'spamtrap' }

      Feather is a box Juerd keeps up to date with the latest Pugs and Parrot code. He gives out accounts to people who'd like to help develop the two. (29 words; weird golf challenge.)

        Feather: Juerd maintained box with latest Pugs, Parrot code. Accounts available to developers. (13 words; weird golf challenge.)


        DWIM is Perl's answer to Gödel

        More like a newspaper headline challenge. :-)


        weird golf challenge

        9: Feather is a test bed for Pugs and Parrot.

        --
        John.

        Feather is a box Juerd keeps up to date with the latest Pugs and Parrot code.

        Hm, not really. Automatic pugs and parrot building has been disabled for a while now.

        As for the "challenge": your description is correct, but there's much more to explain for a complete picture. Don't ask me for it, because I think it's kind of obvious that I'm currently too lazy to fully describe the machine.

        Juerd # { site => 'juerd.nl', plp_site => 'plp.juerd.nl', do_not_use => 'spamtrap' }

      A google search for "feather perl" yields 217,000 hits most of which are about "Birds of a Feather" meetings at OSCON or some reference to Apache's feather icon.

      That's funny, the second hit I get is http://perlcabal.org/cgi-bin/finger.pl, which provides a more complete view of what feather is than any of the descriptions in this thread.

      Juerd # { site => 'juerd.nl', plp_site => 'plp.juerd.nl', do_not_use => 'spamtrap' }

        second hit here too. but then we're both searching from the netherlands...
Re: Feather accounts available for new users
by liz (Monsignor) on Feb 08, 2006 at 23:06 UTC
    A nice piece of guerilla marketing! Congratulations, Juerd!

      Juerd's selling gorillas to pugs that know Haskell?

      /boggle

      Talk about your niche market . . .

      A nice piece of guerilla marketing! Congratulations, Juerd!

      Marketing?!

      Juerd # { site => 'juerd.nl', plp_site => 'plp.juerd.nl', do_not_use => 'spamtrap' }

        Presumably meant in the sense of advocacy via publicity.
        A nice piece of guerilla marketing! Congratulations, Juerd!

        Marketing?!

        It really is a well-known term in marketing and PR business:
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guerilla_marketing

        Small companies can be very successful without ever spending a dime on an advertisement. When a group of Perl Mongers prepare for a YAPC or a Perl Workshop, they practise guerilla marketing: mailinglists, forums, usenet, PM meetings, targeted press releases, blogs, podcasts, Perl and programming websites, maybe even leaflets in internet cafe's or elsewhere, or posters at the local university or highschool. Low-cost, word-of-mouth, grass-roots.

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