Gotta give credit where credit is due. The Perl book is on its way via USPS. I'll have to see if my old programming skills from my college days come flooding back or if all those brain cells have long since died off.
The funny thing is that since the book was published, I've had the opportunity to work on other things. For example, I just created/released a tool called RegRipper, which is a plugin based tool for extracting information from Registry hive files. So far, the folks who've used it appear to be happy with it, and I just keep churning out plugins!
Just something to look forward to...the RegRipper is a great complement to ch 4 of the book.