Monday 6 to Sunday 12 May 2019 was quite a productive week, despite cancelling Friday to avoid coming down with a cold. It’s also been fun watching the chaos of Australia’s federal election campaign. Enough said.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 467: Birds, eggs, and cybers”
Monday 22 to Sunday 28 April 2019 was another short working week thanks to Easter Monday and Anzac Day, but it served as a launchpad for things to come — including some stupid podcast ideas.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 465: Short week with cybers and jerkbirds”
My work involved, in order, finishing the second instalment of DirectorTech, writing for ZDNet, producing two podcasts, and winding down for the holiday season. Plus laziness about these posts.
- “The 9pm Public House Forum 5”, or The 9pm Edict episode 70, was streamed live and recorded on Sunday 17 December. You can also listen at SoundCloud and Spreaker. You can support this podcast with a one-off contribution via PayPal or major credit cards. Please consider.
- “The 9pm Glorious Cloaca”, or The 9pm Edict episode 71, was streamed live and recorded on Friday 22 December. You can also listen at SoundCloud and Spreaker. Ditto re support.
- Only US tops Australia in Asia-Pacific cyber maturity: ASPI, ZDNet Australia, 12 December 2017.
- Individualism may make you better at catching a phish: Research, ZDNet Australia, 13 December 2017.
- Australian government’s recklessness with medical data is symptom of deeper problems, ZDNet Australia, 19 December 2017.
I also did quite a bit of work on the second instalment of DirectorTech, though just editing and production this time, no original writing from me.
- On Friday 15 December I went to Watterson PR’s Christmas Party at The Deck, Luna Park. To say that there was plenty of food and drink would be an understatement.
- In a follow-up to my story about the hack of an Australian defence contractor, BuzzFeed reported that Defence’s Joint Strike Fighter Team Caught Unaware By “Alf” Hacker Speech.
The Week Ahead
Monday is Christmas Day, which I’ll be celebrating in the company of a kitten in Ashfield. I’ve got a few errands to do on the following days, but this year I’m taking it easy through until the New Year. And that’s as far ahead as I’m looking. Happy Holidays.
[Photo: Cockatoo Swoop. A sulphur-crested cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) swoops down to investigate my shopping trolley behind the Coles supermarket in Katoomba on 19 December 2017.]
- Panama Papers only the beginning for high-tech investigative journalism, Crikey, 19 April 2016. This is my first Crikey yarn in quite some time, but there may be more soon.
- A ‘big science’ approach for Australian cybersecurity research?, ZDNet Australia, 19 April 2016. This is the final article from the ACSC Conference.
- Turnbull sets the scene for a ‘Stop the Bytes’ election, ZDNet Australia, 21 April 2016.
- On Thursday, I did four radio spots about the Cyber Security Strategy, on ABC 105.7 Darwin, ABC 936 Hobart, Sydney radio 2UE, and ABC 666 Canberra. I posted them all because they’re all a bit different.
- I was the guest on Friday’s episode of the Humans of Twitter podcast.
- On Monday, I went to a lunchtime briefing by Nuix, and they provided food and drink.
The Week Ahead
I’ll be spending another whole week in Sydney, staying at my usual SEKRIT cave in Lilyfield.
[Update 26 April 2016: I’ve had to rearrange my week, because my decision to eat all the leftovers on Monday was a poor choice, and because I didn’t allow quite enough time for moving my data to the loaner MacBook Pro. Update 27 April 2016: More schedule changes. This is not a low-entropy week.]
Monday is Anzac Day, but instead of enjoying the public holiday, I’ll be
catching up on some geek-for-hire work, and finishing the script for an episode of The 9pm Edict podcast. I’ll also be collecting a loaner MacBook Pro, for use while mine goes in for repair some time in the following days, .
On Tuesday, I’ll be
writing for Crikey, getting a briefing from Verizon on their new Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), probably writing for ZDNet, and recording that podcast . On Wednesday and Thursday, I’ll be going to some of the Amazon Web Services Summit Sydney. On Wednesday evening, I’ll be recording that podcast.
On Thursday afternoon I’m dealing with the computer repairs repairs (if I haven’t already done so), then in the evening recording some videos for ZDNet.
Somewhere in there I’m doing some writing for ZDNet.
[Photo: Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos at Wentworth Falls. Wentworth Falls is home to a clan of sulphur-crested cockatoos numbering about 50. I managed to capture some of them in flight while waiting for a train on 20 April 2016.]
My week of Monday 7 to Sunday 13 April 2014 was astoundingly busy and productive. Yes, Heartbleed is to blame. But so is completely ignoring medical advice — which is something I’ll write about next week.
While there’s a lot on my mind that I want to tell you about, I’ve been churning out so many blog posts today, and so many articles about Heartbleed in recent days, and
drinking so much wine relaxing across the weekend, that I can’t be arsed saying anything more.
So here’s the list.
Every single thing that I wrote this week was about the Heartbleed security bug.
- Heartbleed reveals a big hole in Australia’s cybersecurity strategy, Crikey, 9 April 2014.
- Businesses need to inform users about Heartbleed exposure, ZDNet Australia, 10 April 2014.
- Lagging Android devices vulnerable to Heartbleed, ZDNet Australia, 11 April 2014.
- Heartbleed soul-search: regulation proposed for critical crypto code, ZDNet Australia, 11 April 2014.
- SANS warns end users against Heartbleed patch panic, ZDNet Australia, 12 April 2014.
- On Monday I delivered my guest lecture at University of Technology Sydney (UTS).
- On Tuesday I spoke about Game of Thrones and copyright infringement on ABC 720 Perth.
- Also on Tuesday, I spoke about my blog — that is, this website — and a few of the issues on my mind with Tim Brunero on ABC 783 Alice Springs. Unfortunately that radio station isn’t streamed online, so I couldn’t record that spot.
- On Wednesday, I spoke about Heartbleed on 1395 FIVEaa Adelaide.
- On Thursday, I spoke about Heartbleed on ABC Radio’s The World Today.
- On Friday, I spoke about Heartbleed and a social media story on ABC 702 Sydney.
I managed to pump out another five this week, although one of them was on the weekend. Why don’t you subscribe to 5at5, and then I don’t need to keep telling you about it.
- 5at5 number 29, 7 April 2013.
- 5at5 number 30, 8 April 2013.
- 5at5 number 31, 9 April 2013.
- 5at5 number 32, 11 April 2013.
- 5at5 number 33, 13 April 2013.
- On Monday, some of the people at UTS bought me coffees and lunch. Does that count as largesse?
The Week Ahead
I have no idea. The only things that have been locked in are being in Sydney on Thursday morning so I can be a panellist on this week’s Download This Show for ABC Radio National, which is being recorded at 1100, and of course it’s Good Friday and then the Easter weekend, so in theory I shouldn’t be working.
The reality, however, is that Easter is a shitty time for freelancers, because public holidays mean a serious drop in revenue — and I’m already rather stressed about March having been a quieter month than planned.
But I’ll figure it out, just not tonight.
Oh, and there’s a lunar eclipse on Tuesday.
[Photo: Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo, photographed at dusk near Wentworth Falls on 8 April 2014.]