My week of Monday 31 May to Sunday 6 June 2021 took an unusual turn. It saw the first substantial geek-for-hire work I’ve done in quite a while when I coordinated the eviction of hackers from a client’s website. And now it’s winter. Is there a connection? You decide.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 575: Some geekery to begin winter, and an inevitable bird photo”
Weekly Wrap 552: A Christmas gift, rain, and a pointless video
Monday 21 to Sunday 27 December 2020 was a suitably lazy Christmas week, even quieter than usual thanks to the â€™rona fears. But I did record plenty of stuff for next week’s end-of-year podcast, and I made a video.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 552: A Christmas gift, rain, and a pointless video”
Talking coronavirus work-from-home NBN overload and cybersecurity stuff on ABC Canberra
Australians are being urged to work from home, thanks to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, but that raises some technological challenges. Will Australia’s NBN be overloaded? What are the cybersecurity risks?Continue reading “Talking coronavirus work-from-home NBN overload and cybersecurity stuff on ABC Canberra”
Weekly Wrap 404: The gorge, then the goats
My week of Monday 19 to Sunday 25 February 2018 was a good one. So good, in fact, that I don’t have time to give you more than the essential details.
- “The 9pm GoatFest Tasmania”, being The 9pm Edict episode 73, was recorded and streamed live from Launceston on Sunday night. It’s also on SoundCloud and Speaker.
- Australia needs more cyber in the middle, ZDNet Australia, 20 February 2018.
- South Australia’s GigCity plan is not what it seems, ZDNet Australia, 21 February 2018.
- On Tuesday, I spoke about the South Australian government’s new plan for broadband on ABC Radio, and was interrupted by a drunk man complaining that I was talking too loudly. A recording will be posted very soon.
- On Thursday, The Weeky Times mentioned that I’d be at GoatFest Tasmania, but somehow I got listed as an “ABC celebrity”.
The Week Ahead
The week begins in Tasmania. On Monday, the morning is the bus ride from Launceston to Hobart, the afternoon is the highly-regarded Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), and the evening is dinner with some friends at Bar Wa Izakaya. Don’t worry, they’re paying.
Tuesday morning will be a much-needed lazy one, then I’m on ABC Hobart talking about goats at 1335 AEDT.
On the evening of Tuesday 27 February, I’m recording a Pivate House Forum episode of The 9pm Edict, a panel show like the Public House Forum episodes but without a live audience. I’m expecting that to be streamed live from Hobart at 2100 AEDT.
Wednesday is a free-ish day in Hobart, before a late afternoon flight back to Sydney. Thursday and Friday are writing days.
I’m travelling to a few cities to present at a commercial event. Details TBA, but I’ll be in Melbourne on Tue 20 Mar, Brisbane on Wed 21, Adelaide on Thu 22 (and staying there through the weekend, I hope), and Sydney on Tue 27.
I’ve launched another Pozible campaign, The 9pm Hometown Forum, which aims to fund a Public House Forum episode of the Edict on Saturday 24 March.
Looking way further ahead:
- Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) Conference, Canberra, 10â€“12 April.
- Australian Cyber Conference, formerly the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) National Conference, Melbourne, 9â€“11 October.
[Photo: Piper in the Gorge. A piper busks on the path through Cataract Gorge near Launceston, Tasmania, on 24 February 2018.]
Talking yet more cybers on ABC 774 Melbourne
In this month’s now semi-regular spot on ABC 774 Melbourne, it was only natural to talk about the Australian government’s new Cyber Security Strategy, as I did on four spots elsewhere last week.
But as you’ll hear, this 20-minute conversation with Lindy Burns on Tuesday night covered quite a bit of territory — even, briefly, the National Broadband Network.
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For further background material, see the first post in this series.
This audio is Â©2016 Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
[Photo: The view in ABC Radio’s Sydney TARDIS 1 just before I did this radio spot on 26 April 2016.]
Weekly Wrap 281: Melbourne again, with added chaos
My week of Monday 19 to Sunday 25 October 2015 didn’t unfold as planned, except for the fact that it concluded with me heading to Melbourne to cover Ruxcon. That bit did happen.
The photograph is misleading, therefore. Those relaxing moments at St Kilda, Melbourne, were a tiny minority of those seven days — and they only happened on Saturday night because I’d started suffering microsleeps during the afternoon, and I went back to the hotel for a nap.
Still, I wrote two articles that have been very well received — thank you — and most of the targets were eventually achieved.
- Take a lead from Turnbull’s ‘forward-leaning’ infosec posture: senior ASD officer, ZDNet Australia, 19 October 2015.
- Yes of course the NBN is buying copper, but so what?, ZDNet Australia, 21 October 2015. Notable for the phrase “claque of cud-munching cretins”.
None, again, but a new episode of The 9pm Edict will appear… eventually. No, it will. Truly.
- On Tuesday, I spoke about the Optus network’s latest time failure on ABC 891 Adelaide.
- On Wednesday, I was quoted in a story about the future for ABC Online.
- Also on Wednesday, I was a guest on Mark Pesce’s TWISTA podcast, talking about startups and Malcolm Turnbull.
- On Thursday, I spoke about CIA director John Brennan’s email breach on ABC Radio’s PM.
Should 5at5 eventually reappear, you’ll know about it if you subscribe.
- While covering Ruxcon, there was a quantity of free food and drink. The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) supplied lunch both days, and the after-party drinks were provided by Hacklabs and Assurance.
- Michael McKinnon, social media and security awareness director with AVG Technologies AU Pty Ltd, has once more been generous with his hospitality and logistic support.
The Week Ahead
On Monday (today), I’m sorting out all my audio recordings from Ruxcon, organising a few more recordings, and probably writing for ZDNet, before a live radio spot at 1930 AEDT on ABC 774 Melbourne.
On Tuesday, I’ll be doing a few more media things in Melbourne before catching VA865 MEL-SYD at 1645 AEDT. Whether I return directly to Wentworth Falls after that, or pause a while in Sydney, is yet to be decided.
The remainder of the week will see me writing a column for ZDNet, producing an episode of The 9pm Edict, finally finishing the video of my UTS lecture, and doing some pre-production for my Future Tense documentary — but the exact order has yet to be arranged.
I am determined that the coming weekend will contain no work.
[Photo: St Kilda Dusk, photographed on Saturday 24 October 2015.]