A weekly summary of what I’ve been doing elsewhere on the internets. As has happened several annoying times before, we’re covering two weeks at once here, and the National Broadband Network seems to have dominated.
For some reason I usually have an unproductive spot of poor health in the first half of April. It seems 2011 is no exception. For two weeks of work this all looks a bit thin, and I daresay that’s going to make a mess of my cashflows in a couple of weeks.
- Patch Monday episode 83, “Web development: fast, loose and cheap”. We hear from web developers Grant Newton from Morgan Creative, a small digital agency in Sydney that specialises in agile development, and Lachlan Hardy from Australian cloud computing provider Ninefold, as well as the founder and CEO of Freelancer.com, Matt Barrie.
- Patch Monday episode 84, “Don’t get caught in NBN ‘hysteria’: Conroy”. NBN Co suspended the entire construction tender process and their head of construction resigned, but communications minister Senator Stephen Conroy reckons we should wait and see what the “Plan B” tender process delivers. And network strategist Dr Paul Brooks explains why Wi-Fi won’t necessarily be the answer for distributing high-speed data around the home.
- The ‘hysteria’ around NBN cost blowouts, for Crikey, covering what was discussed with Senator Conroy in Patch Monday.
- On Monday 4 April I was one of the guests on an episode of ABC Radio National’s Australia Talks on the NBN. The audio is available via that link just there, the one you just read past.
- When the Australian Communications Consumers Action Network (ACCAN) and the Internet Society of Australia (ISOC-AU) launched their booklet National Broadband Network: A Guide for Consumers, I was given food and drink. That was on Friday 8 April.
- LinkedIn recently clocked up their two millionth Australian user and, I daresay like many others, I was given champagne.
Most of my day-to-day observations are on my high-volume Twitter stream, and random photos and other observations turn up on my Posterous stream. The photos also appear on Flickr, where I eventually add geolocation data and tags.
[Photo: Wentworth Falls railway station, photographed yesterday during some light rain.]