My fortnight from Monday 4 to Sunday 17 March 2019 was a difficult one. The terrorism at the mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, which ended the week didn’t help. No one needs that in their world, least of all the victims of course. I won’t dwell on that here. That’s not because I have nothing to say. It’s because I have too much to say.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 459: Destroyed by a cold, but still a few cybers”
- Who leaked the idea of ASD spying on Australians, and why?, ZDNet Australia, 30 April 2018. I wrote that piece when this story about the Australian Signals Directorate was only beginning to unfold. The Saturday Paper had a detailed front-page story yesterday, Cabinet split on Dutton’s ASD plan.
- “Announcing ‘The 9pm Brisbane Forum’”, being an audio promo for the Pozible campaign of the same name. You can also listen to it on Speaker or SoundCloud. Do please consider pledging your support if you want the podcasts listed below to happen.
Media Appearances, Corporate Largesse
The Week Ahead
The next few weeks continue to see me based in Ashfield, Sydney, working through the Crikey project, and writing for ZDNet much as usual. I hope to get some walking in, however, and I might post some stuff about the places I visit, including photos.
The next episode of The 9pm Edict, will be recorded and streamed live
this Thursday 10 at 2100 AEST.
Other things I’ve pencilled in:
- Cyber Leaders 2018, Sydney, 15 May.
- AusCERT Cyber Security Conference, Gold Coast, 30 May to 1 June.
- The 9pm Edict Public House Forum 7, Brisbane, Saturday 2 June. (TBC)
- Record an episode of The 9pm Probe with author and columnist John Birmingham, Brisbane, Monday 4 June. (TBC)
- Building Australia’s Strategy for Space, Canberra, 13–15 June.
- SINET 61, Melbourne, 31 July – 1 August. (TBC)
- D61+ LIVE, Brisbane, 18–19 September. (TBC)
- Australian Cyber Conference, formerly the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) National Conference, Melbourne, 9–11 October.
Update 8 May 2018: Edited to reflect change in podcast recording date.
[Photo: The Eye of Gathgwyn, the cat I’m currently cat-sitting in Ashfield, Sydney, photographed on 5 May 2018.]
I got nothing done, apart from some excellent lying in bed coughing. I do not recommend this as a way of life.
- ZDNet posted another video of me giving my feelpinion about stuff in their Security TV series, The good and bad of Apple’s security approach.
Podcasts, Articles, and Corporate Largesse
None. For obvious reasons.
The Week Ahead
On Monday, I’ll be producing an episode of The 9pm Edict podcast, and then celebrating in a private ceremony the Winter Solstice and the Full Moon. This will continue into Tuesday, because the Solstice itself is actually at 0834 AEST, well after the 0700 AEST sunrise.
The remainder of the week will see me in Sydney, working on the seemingly-endless tax compliance work, as well as the much-delayed geek-for-hire work. That’s enough for now, right?
[Photo: Sydney, five minutes before dawn, being the view of the Sydney CBD on 11 June 2016.]
My week Monday 30 May to Sunday 5 June 2016 was disrupted by a cold or somesuch — perhaps caught at AusCERT 2016, perhaps just the change-of-season illness that seems to have spread down the entire east coast of Australia — and then by Sydney’s massive rainstorms of 4–5 June.
I’m therefore well behind schedule, so I’ll keep this brief.
- “The 9pm Edict Public House Forum 3” was recorded on Saturday, and the final version will be produced and posted on Wednesday 8 June.
None. I’ve got tons of recorded interviews, however, so I’ll be sorting them out soon enough.
- The video of the AusCERT 2016 Speed Debate from 27 May has been posted. I was one of eight panellists.
- On Saturday, during a break in the recording of The 9pm Edict, I was filmed drinking a cold deconstructed coffee.
- One of my photos has been used to illustrate a story at Travel with Pedro.
- One of my tweets had its wisdom recognised by Sydney Morning Herald, who chose it as their Tweet of the Day.
The Week Ahead
I should be in Sydney for the whole week once again. With few specific appointments locked in so far, I’ll be working at my own pace through the neverending tax bookkeeping, the geek-for-hire projects which are way behind schedule, and some writing for ZDNet. In roughly that order.
There are three fixed commitments, however.
- On Monday through Wednesday, I’ll edit, mix and post The 9pm Edict Public House Forum 3.
- On Wednesday afternoon, I’m recording a radio spot which will be broadcast on ABC Radio’s digital streams on Saturday afternoon. Check my Twitter feed on the day for the exact time.
- On Wednesday evening, I’m doing a radio spot on ABC 774 Melbourne at 1930 AEST.
The weekend is unplanned, and it’s the long weekend for the Queen’s Birthday.
[Update 8 June 2016: Edited to reflect some schedule changes. Update 11 June 2016: Edited to add the Tweet of the Day item.]
[Photo: Crossing Anzac Bridge, photographed on 4 June 2016 during Sydney’s massive two-day rainstorm.]
My week of Monday 10 to Sunday 16 August 2015 was just as remarkable as the previous week, in that I got plenty of interesting things done.
Given that this Weekly Wrap is so dreadfully late, however, I won’t go into any details.
- Facebook says user privacy is ‘extremely important’, but no, ZDNet Australia, 13 August 2015.
- Android, you have serious security problems, ZDNet Australia, 14 August 2015.
None. But there’ll be a new episode of The 9pm Edict on Sunday 23 August. See Update 11 of The 9pm Urgent Hardware Refresh for details of the plan from there on.
- On Monday, I spoke about hacking and the impending security disaster that is the Internet of Things (IoT) on ABC TV’s Lateline.
- On Tuesday evening, I spoke about various technology issues on ABC 774 Melbourne, but there is no recording.
The Week Ahead
Most of it’s gone already, thanks to a nasty cold. Many people in and around Sydney seem to have been hit by this one. However, there’s a good two and a half days left, so…
On Friday (today), I’ll be re-planning everything post-cold, and writing a column for ZDNet.
On Saturday, I’ll be heading to Penrith to sort out a recording location for The 9pm Edict Public House Forum, as well as running a few errands. En route, I’ll be working on the script for the first of the three special podcast episodes for The 9pm Urgent Hardware Refresh. And on Sunday, I’ll be recording and posting that episode.
The week beginning Monday 24 August will be the first of two weeks I’ll be spending in Ashfield in Sydney’s inner west, catsitting. I’m looking forward to it, though visiting Ashfield is always a bittersweet experience for me, for reasons that some of you may be aware of.
On Monday and Tuesday, I’m covering the Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit in Sydney. In the past, I’ve gotten good value out of this event. I daresay that I’ll spend a big chunk of Wednesday writing about things from that event. Thursday too, maybe.
In the latter part of the week, I’ll finally be able to buy all the hardware that you good people have paid for in The 9pm Urgent Hardware Refresh. In between some meetings in the city, I’ll be designing and testing my new recording set-up, and posting a description once I’ve gotten it all working to my satisfaction. The weekend sees a Full Moon, so I shall take the necessary precautions.
Looking even further ahead, I’ll be at the ACCAN National Conference on Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 September, and indeed taking part in a panel discussion on the Wednesday afternoon. The weekend of 5 and 6 September will see another special episode of The 9pm Edict.
And further ahead still, on Friday 9 September, I’ll be presenting my regular guest lecture at UTS. And then on Saturday 10 September, I should be recording The 9pm Edict Public House Forum — though I’ll officially confirm that date tomorrow afternoon.
[Photo: Barangaroo from Pyrmont, photographed on 11 August 2015 as I was waiting for a coffee companion. The Barangaroo development is certainly dominating the western side of the Sydney CBD now.]