I’m very happy with my week of Monday 1 to Sunday 7 March. I was the midst of changing my medication regime and productivity was high — there’s a good chance these things are connected — and I’ve just enjoyed a train trip up to Newcastle.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 562: Pills, productivity, and peregrinations”
The massive global phenomenon that is the Pokémon Go augmented reality game naturally caught the interest of media producers all over — including at ABC 774 Melbourne.
Here’s my chat with Wendy Touhy from the evening of 20 July. I’m hoping I didn’t screw up some detail of the game, although I’m pretty sure I did.
We also spoke about one of my pet topics, the risks of electronic voting.
This audio is ©2016 Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
[Photo: Ready to go live on ABC 774 Melbourne from ABC Sydney TARDIS 1, 20 July 2016.]
The news that a Wi-Fi enabled Hello Barbie doll had been released got plenty of media interest at the end of the working week, especially since the security and privacy risks weren’t just theoretical.
I was interviewed by journalist Penny Timms about these security risks by ABC Radio’s national current affairs program PM.
The makers of one of the world’s most famous dolls are due to roll out their latest edition. Forget Malibu Barbie, because wifi Barbie could be on shelves by Christmas. The technology means the doll can hold conversations with her owner. But security experts warn there are serious flaws, with suggestions the technology has already been hacked.
Somehow I managed to include some paranoid ideas for using Hello Barbie for psychological warfare.
ABC News also posted a written story, which uses some different quotes. But here’s the radio story.
The audio is ©2015 Australian Broadcasting Corporation. It’s being served from the ABC website, where you can also read a transcript.
Apart from generating three quite adequate articles, and recording plenty of audio for future projects, I also made some excellent contacts at the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) National Conference and elsewhere, and certain geekery went pretty much to plan.
I was especially pleased that the Pozible campaign Send Stilgherrian To Ruxcon 2015 was fully funded. I’ll have more to say about that on Monday.
- Wyatt Roy’s Policy Hack is already becoming a joke, ZDNet Australia, 12 October 2015.
- Australia’s Children’s eSafety Commissioner wants a great human firewall, ZDNet Australia, 14 October 2015.
- Welcome to Brandistan, home of wobbly data retention, ZDNet Australia, 16 October 2015. This contains more than a bit of sarcasm, and was a lot of fun to write.
I also recorded an interview with Joe Franzi, Assistant Secretary Cyber Security with the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), Australia’s equivalent to the US National Security Agency (NSA). It’s the first recorded interview he’s ever done in that role, and it’ll turn into an article for ZDNet on Monday. The full audio will appear in due course. Stand by.
None, but a new episode of The 9pm Edict will appear on Tuesday.
I’ve also been commissioned to produce an episode of ABC Radio National’s Future Tense, which will appear in late November.
- On Friday, I was interviewed for a story looking at the future of technology for ABC Online, which will appear some time in the coming week.
There’s still nothing from 5at5, and that continues to be terrible. Why not subscribe so you’ll get all the future ones when they eventually appear?
- The AISA conference obviously included plenty of free food and drink.
- My travel and accommodation for that Melbourne trip was covered by Tanium.
- Michael McKinnon, social media and security awareness director with AVG Technologies AU Pty Ltd, was generous with the hospitality too.
The Week Ahead
It’s another busy week ahead. On Monday, I’m dealing with administrative loose ends, and at 1600 AEDT being a guest for the recording of Mark Pesce’s podcast TWISTA – This Week in Startups Australia, before finally returning to the Blue Mountains .
Tuesday , I’m doing the shopping in Katoomba, and wrapping up another episode of The 9pm Edict. . Wednesday is a day off.
I’m writing for ZDNet, before heading into Sydney for the evening. , I’ll waste much of the day tying up idioti lcoose ends.
Friday starts early, . The rest of the day will be spent
catching up with various people, and doing some location scouting , before some sort of drinks and dinner thing with a few people.
On Monday and Tuesday 26-27 October, I’ll still be in Melbourne doing various things. That includes a Monday night radio spot on ABC 774 Melbourne at 1930 AEDT.
Update 19 October 2015: Edited to reflect a change of plans. Update 20 October 2015: Edited to reflect further change to the plan. Update 25 October 2015: Edited once more to reflect continuing change.
[Photo: Lumpy Weather, photographed from seat 29A of VA830 on 13 October 2015.]
Last week’s conversation about the future of jobs apparently went so well that it’s become a regular weekly spot over summer. “Tech Wreck” is now on ABC 720 Perth each Tuesday at 1430 AWST / 1730 AEDT.
This week we spoke about:
- Machines talking to machines, including the idea of your car reporting maintenance issues directly to the manufacturer, or even reporting your driving habits directly to your insurance company. It was inspired by Chris Arkenberg’s article, Inside The Near-Future World Where All Our Data And Machines Are In Constant Communication.
- Some online safety tips for summer. I don’t have any links for that, sorry, it was all just stuff in my head.
- Instagram and “selfie culture”, including 2014’s Most Instagrammed Places.
The presenter is Jamie Burnett. If there’s any topics you’d like us to talk about in coming weeks, please let us know. Or phone in during the program on +61 8 9220 2700.
The audio is ©2014 Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
The early spring weather has continued. On Wednesday one of the cab drivers in the Upper Blue Mountains and I noted how dry everything seemed. It doesn’t bode well for summer. But the bright, sunny days have certainly helped my mood, so there’s that.
Spring is supposedly a time of new beginnings, and I do feel as if I’m starting so many things after that rather annoying winter gloom.
There’s biggish things, like Corrupted Nerds, and more of that shortly. There’s little things, like the calendar. In between, there’s stuff like my Tokyo trip triggering a little media project, something I’ve been intending to do for ages. And the rather big change of a new government has triggered the resumption of daily blogging, again something I’ve been intending to do for ages.
- Spam canned? Not if you’re in a political party like Clive, Crikey, 5 September 2013.
- Even the right Coalition internet safety policy is wrong, ZDNet Australia, 6 September 2013.
Plus I wrote an article for Technology Spectator, to be published later this month.
None, though I did more background work on Corrupted Nerds, and things will appear in the coming few days.
Yes, I know I wrote exactly the same thing last week, but it’s true. This week I recorded three interviews that will be the basis of three episodes, and I’ve all but finished the documentation for the crowdfunding process that I intend to kick off this week.
- On Monday, mUmBRELLA ran a story entitled Tech commentator barred from Microsoft tech conference after hostile tweets at previous event about me being banned from TechEd.
- On Tuesday, Delimiter ran a story too, Microsoft bans Stilgherrian from TechEd.
- Also on Tuesday, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) interviewed me about the ban, and the wire story they issued was run by Fairfax news outlets on Wednesday as Microsoft bans blogger Stilgherrian from TechEd conference. (As an aside, I continue to be fascinated by how I’m referred to as a journalist in some contexts and a blogger in others, seemingly regardless of whether what they’re describing is my journalism or my blogging.)
- Also on Wednesday, the ban got a mention at Scoop in New Zealand.
- On Thursday, in the only non-ban media appearance, my photo of a Nokia Lumia 925 smartphone was used to illustrate a story at Spanish-language website Enter.co.
- On Tuesday I attended the Trans-Tasman Business Circle lunch at Ernst & Young as guest of the Westpac Group. Their chief information officer Clive Whincup was presenting his vision and strategy for banking technology.
- On Thursday I went to the launch of AVG Technologies AU’s 2014 product line at Ocean Room Restaurant, Circular Quay. They paid, of course.
The Week Ahead
It’s a relatively busy one, with stories to write for Technology Spectator, ZDNet Australia and CSO Online. Plus I’ll be launching the crowdfunding campaigns for Corrupted Nerds and the Tokyo project, and I want to finish a podcast episode. But that can be done in whatever order I like over the next four days.
On Friday I’ll be coming to Sydney for a 1000 meeting in North Sydney, plus whatever else I add into the day.
The weekend is currently unplanned, but of my flight to Tokyo on Monday 16 September is an early one, then I’ll probably head down to Sydney on Sunday afternoon.
[Photo: Sydney Opera House, photographed from the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay, on 5 September 2013.]