I’ve often thought that I seem to cycle between busy weeks and quiet weeks. My week of Monday 5 to Sunday 11 April 2021 was certainly a quiet one, or at least a non-productive one, although to be fair it was the short work week following Easter. And next week will be a busy one.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 567: A pause before a busy week, and memories of last year’s Easter lockdown”
My week of Monday 30 March to Sunday 5 April 2020 was a psychological transition, really, from the Beforetimes to the Quarantimes. The only productive thing I accomplished was a podcast, but I think it’s a good podcast. Oh, and the Serbia thing.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 514: The coronavirus lockdown takes hold personally”
Monday 15 to Sunday 21 April 2019 was a remarkably productive week, despite there being only four working days. Two articles and a podcast! Even though there was also time out for medical appointments down in Sydney.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 464: Bunny and Banksia, with cybers”
As we ramp up the medication to deal with the dog of a different colour, my sleep patterns are much disrupted. I’m hit with random waves of fatigue. That means I’m operating at roughly half capacity. In theory, that’ll stop happening after a couple more weeks, but for now I must pace myself.
But enough of that…
- “The 9pm Let the Fun Begin”, being The 9pm Edict episode 56, was recorded and posted on Sunday night. It’s also on Spreaker.
None, though I have a few columns for ZDNet in the pipeline.
The Week Ahead
The short work week after Easter starts in Lilyfield, in Sydney’s inner west, but ends back in Wentworth Falls. The date of migration back to the Blue Mountains is yet to be confirmed.
Easter Monday has just begun, but apart from this blog post I won’t be doing anything too hectic.
On Wednesday, I’m going to D61+ Live 2016, an event by Data61 (“Data61 = CSIRO Digital Productivity + NICTA = the world’s leading data-focused innovation powerhouse,” they describe themselves) at Australian Technology Park. I’m particularly interested in a panel on cybersecurity. On Wednesday evening, I’ll be having a farewell drink or two with the wonderful Shuna Boyd, who’s retiring from her media relations career.
On Thursday evening, I’m covering a discussion sponsored by the International Association of Privacy Professionals Australia and New Zealand (iappANZ) on Australia’s proposed mandatory data breach notification laws. After that, I’m doing a radio spot on ABC 774 Melbourne at 1900 AEDT.
In between, I’ll be working steadily through three geek-for-hire projects, catching up a big chunk of that bookkeeping for the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), and writing a ZDNet column or two.
The following week will be an extension of the plan just described.
After that, I should be in Canberra on 12-14 April for the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) Conference. A plan is slowly evolving.
[Photo: Old and New. A new Meriton apartment development under construction in Lewisham in Sydney’s inner west, with the old flour mill in the background. Photographed on 22 March 2016.]
I won’t list them all, because some of them were background things that you’re not allowed to know about yet. And some of them were thoughtful, long-term things that will be discussed soon enough. So it’s just the list for now.
- “The 9pm Government by Fools”, being The 9pm Edict episode 39. It contains a brief rant about pies, amongst other things.
- Downloaders be warned: Dallas Buyers Club wants your name and address, Crikey, 8 April 2015.
- On Thursday, I went to the Australian media launch of VMware’s vCloudAir service at L’Aqua Restaurant at Cockle Bay, where a very lovely brunch was served.
The Week Ahead
I’m in Sydney all this week, and have a bunch of things to do, but in no particular order. I’ve got to plan the next month, produce an episode of The 9pm Edict podcast by Tuesday night, plan out a subscription drive for that podcast, review six TV scripts, write a column for ZDNet Australia, produce and post the recording of last week’s UTS lecture, coordinate some medical treatment, and finally assemble that ebook that’s been lurking in the back of the to-do list for far, far too long.
[Photo: En route to Sydney, being the view from a Blue Mountains line train as it travelled down to Sydney in the early morning light on Thursday 9 April 2015. It was a very different mood from last week’s view.]
Careful and sighted readers will have noticed that in the photo accompanying the audio for this week’s Download This Show I was wearing a bunny hat for Easter. That’s because this radio program now appears on video as well as part of the new RN TV.
Not all of it, but one segment at least, and you’ll see that video over the fold.
In light of the software bug Heartbleed, we examine password managers and ask are they the safest way to manage your security online?