My week of Monday 31 March to Sunday 6 April 2014 has definitely seen the beginnings of some sort of return to normality, despite the almost continuous dreary weather.
I won’t go on about that, however because I don’t want to jinx it. I’ll just list the stuff.
- Plibersek loses our privacy in a haystack of envelopes, ZDNet Australia, 31 March 2014. A reader emailed me to say this column was “annoying and juvenile”, which I have taken as a compliment.
- Cyber criminals are out-spending the defenders two to one: HP, ZDNet Australia, 4 April 2014.
- On Monday I had a brief chat about identity, security and the concept of federated ID on ABC 105.7 Darwin.
- On Tuesday I spoke about Facebook’s disturbing new “Big Cat” technology on ABC 702 Sydney, technology that can detect when it’s likely that your partner is cheating on you. Scary stuff. You should listen.
I managed to pump one out every weekday this week, which hasn’t happened in a while. I think it’s about time for you to subscribe, if you haven’t already done so.
- 5at5 number 24, 31 March 2013.
- 5at5 number 5×5, 1 April 2013.
- 5at5 number 26, 2 April 2013.
- 5at5 number 27, 3 April 2013.
- 5at5 number 28, 4 April 2013.
- On Wednesday I went to a briefing session by HP Enterprise Security Services at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney, where a lovely afternoon tea was served — although I’d had a big lunch, so didn’t really taste much of it.
The Week Ahead
On Monday I’m presenting an updated version of my guest lecture at University of Technology Sydney (UTS) at 1000, and that means it’s an early start. I’m catching an 0636 train from Wentworth Falls, arriving at Sydney Central at 0817. I could catch a later train, but I want to grab a bite to eat before meeting the course coordinator for coffee at 0900. Plus I want to allow for the possibility of delays. My Twitter stream should be fun that morning, for some value of fun.
If you want to take me to lunch on Monday, or otherwise catch up, now is the time to stake your claim.
I have another morning gig in Sydney on Tuesday, a meeting at 1045, so it looks like I’ll be spending plenty of time on trains over the next couple of days. Then on Wednesday it’s an 0845 start in Sydney for the Amazon Web Services Sydney Summit. Ideally I’d stay in Sydney overnight from Tuesday, but the early-month cashflows look like they won’t permit that. Stay tunes for updates, however.
[Update 12 April 2014: Those two trips to Sydney didn’t happen — and it’s a good thing they got cancelled, because once the Heartbleed security bug was announced on Wednesday my time, I was flat out on work related to that, Expect plenty of updates over the next 72 hours.]
The rest of the week and the weekend, including what will be written when, has yet to be mapped out. That will depend very much on what I manage to get done in the next 48 hours.
[Photo: Banksia in the Mist, photographed at Bunjaree Cottages on 4 April 2014.]