Weekly Wrap 340: Summer begins, and everyone’s cookin’

Backpackers on Campbell StreetMy week of Monday 28 November to Sunday 4 December 2016 started off being as unproductive as the previous week, but it became solidly productive at the end.

I won’t go into the details, because as you’ll see below there’s a lot happening.



None published, but I’ve written something for ZDNet that’ll be posted on Monday.

Media Appearances, Corporate Largesse


The Week Ahead

Oh boy is this going to be a busy one!

On Monday and Tuesday I have to do a ton of work on one of my geek-for-hire projects, as well as a SEKRIT editorial project I’ll be telling you about soon.

On Wednesday morning I’m taking the four-hour train journey to Canberra, doing some unknown work along the way and when I get there.

All of Thursday will be spent participating in the “360° Cyber Security Game” being convened by RAND Corporation and the National Security College (NSC) at The Australian National University (ANU). It’s an “analytic desktop exercise” that’ll run through two scenarios. The participants, from a range of backgrounds, will be divided into teams to consider one aspect or each scenario.

RAND has run a few of these before, and a write-up of the first event last year explains the concept.

I’ll be reporting on the event for ZDNet on Friday before catching the train back to Sydney on Friday evening, but as it’s being run under the Chatham House Rule, I won’t be able to reveal the identity nor the affiliation of the speakers, nor that of any other participant.

The second Ruxcon-related episode of Corrupted Nerds might be produced on the weekend, but it’ll probably slide into the following week.

[Photo: Backpackers on Campbell Street, photographed on 1 December 2016. At least I assume they’re backpackers, caught in the late afternoon sunlight on the official first day of summer.]

Covering the AusCERT 2011 Conference on the Gold Coast

In just 11 9 days, I kick off a week and a half of travel. I’ve already mentioned that on 9 May I’m heading to San Francisco for NetSuite’s SuiteWorld event. The very day that I return to Sydney, 15 May, I’m leaving again for the Gold Coast to cover the AusCERT 2011 information security conference as part of the ZDNet Australia team for CBS Interactive.

I haven’t even begin to think about what’s happening there. I’m assuming that a production meeting some time this coming week will help. But I figured I should at least mention it in case you’re going and want to meet up.

I do know that the following Monday’s episode of the Patch Monday podcast will include material from AusCERT. But I’m also doing news-cycle journalism, because in essence I’m filling the gap in ZDNet’s coverage created by journalist Darren Pauli leaving to start his new job as editor of SC Magazine. So there’ll be plenty for me to do. It’ll be hectic.

[Updated 9.50pm: Edited to show the correct number of days until I leave. See, I’m so stressed I can’t even count.]