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It was thus said that the Great Luiz Henrique de Figueiredo once stated:
> >   But there's always serialization to disk.  No external library needed to
> > write to disk.
> An external library is needed if you want to write binary data, such as
> numbers in their native format.

  Um ... can't string.pack() return a number in its native format as a
string (a binary blob)?  And doesn't support the "b" mode? 
Because it passes it directly to C's fopen()?  

  -spc (Am I missing something?)