in reply to More Help with Regex
split /(..)/, '00a0c801adc6') treats each pair of characters as a separator, and the text between each pair of characters as a field. Of course, there is no text between the characters, so you get null strings for the fields: ('', '00', '', 'a0', '', 'c8', '', '01', '', 'ad', '', 'c6'). (The trailing empty fields are discarded.) When you join that list back together, you get extra colons because of all the null strings.
When you want to grab groups of characters from a string without separators, instead of split you can use a plain old regex match with /g:
print join(':', '00a0c801ad' =~ /../g), "\n<BR>";