Michael Styer on 14 Jul 2004 20:16:46 -0000

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Re: Perl monger new to Philly

Thanks for the recommendations, everyone.

Moving back to the States from London has been an eye-opening experience
as far as the availability and pricing of technological services is
concerned. Even with the GBP/USD exchange rate as low as it is, I'm
still finding that cellphone service, international calling, and ADSL
were all cheaper, or at least no more expensive, in London, supposedly
one of the most expensive cities on the planet. On the other hand, 1.5M
ADSL lines seem to be standard here; the basic package in London was

In any case, thanks again for the advice. And if you were about to write
something and hadn't yet, don't let me stop you; all advice is


On Wed, 14 Jul 2004 19:12:06 +0100, "Michael Styer" <michael@styer.net>
> Hello.
> I hope a brief introduction and a few questions are not out of place on
> this list. I'm a Perl programmer, web developer, IT consultant, yadda
> yadda yadda, and my wife and I are soon moving to Philadelphia, so I
> thought this might be a good place to ask for advice; please feel free
> to tell me (politely or otherwise) if this isn't the place, or if
> there's another better place to go.
> As mentioned, I will soon be living in Philadelphia with my wife,
> setting up home and looking for work. We've been living in London for
> the past five years, so although I grew up just north of the city, I
> know next to nothing about living in Philly.
> The first question I have is about the Philly job market, both for
> freelance and permanent positions. London being what it is, I'm sure
> going rates for programming salaries and freelance contractors over
> there bear little relation to standard rates here. Can you suggest any
> websites or publications that might have this information? Also, what
> sites would you recommend to someone looking for freelance or permanent
> positions in the Philly area?
> My second question is about Philly ISPs. Any recommendations or
> warnings? Or can you point me to a good website with reviews of the
> competing ISPs in Philly? I'm looking for a company that will provide
> DSL or Cable service.
> Thanks in advance for your help. I'm looking forward to settling in in
> Philly, and I hope to be able to attend some of the upcoming phl.pm
> meetings.
> Regards,
> Mike
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