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”
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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?
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.]