Yeah I know, I've been here a while. This place is amazing (as opposed the scary flame-fest comp.lang.perl.misc (or Godzilla/Purl Gurl/Kira & Frank Town)). This more of a rant than a question. I've done a lot of cool stuff with Perl (log reading, a lot of log reading) but I get stumped now and again. I just don't use it often enough. I should just take 20 minutes a day a code something, anything, you know until my abs are rock solid ;)
There's more than one way to do it, but only some of them actually work.