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My week of Monday 29 February to Sunday 6 March 2016 was a significant improvement on the previous week — mostly because I was in Melbourne, but also due to the bad influence of that hacker and an evil cyberpixie.
As I write this, it’s still very early on Sunday morning, so technically the week hasn’t ended yet — but details. You’ll cope.
- Who will benefit from Australia’s big new defence spend?, ZDNet Australia, 29 February 2016.
- Let’s quit the blockchain magic talk, ZDNet Australia, 3 March 2016. As with my previous ZDNet articles about Bitcoin, Bitcoin: More ideology than trustworthy currency, and Bitcoin: It’s not just loopy tulip land, it’s worse, I was “savaged” by people passive-aggressively referring to me as “the author” and telling me I don’t know what I’m talking about — without bothering to read what I’d actually written. So funny.
None, but I do want to wrap up that episode of The 9pm Edict podcast very soon. See below.
- I travelled to Melbourne as a guest of Sixtree. They paid for my flights, plus three nights accommodation at Mantra Southbank. And of course there was plenty of food and drink at the APIdays conference.
The Week Ahead
It’s another rather structured week for me. Monday kicks off with the 1024 train down to Sydney, and at 1335 I’m catching VA648 SYD-CBR. I’m organising a meeting or two for the afternoon and evening.
On Tuesday, I’m covering the Australian Internet Industry Association (AIIA) Navigating Privacy and Security Summit for ZDNet. On Wednesday, I’ll be writing about that before another meeting or two. Then at 1905 it’s VA669 CBR-SYD.
Thursday through Saturday is unplanned as yet, but I’ll be back in Wentworth Falls, and I hope to get that damn podcast done somewhere in there.
On Sunday, I’m heading a few kilometres up the Great Western Highway to Leura for day one of Tech Leaders.
I’ll be in Canberra again 12-14 April for the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) Conference. And I’ll be on the Gold Coast on 24-27 May for the AusCERT Cyber Security Conference.
I’ll tell you more in the next Weekly Wrap. For now, just the facts…
- On Wednesday, I spoke about digital surveillance and privacy on ABC 774 Melbourne.
- On Thursday morning, I spoke about digital surveillance and privacy with Virginia Trioli on ABC TV’s News Breakfast, but I haven’t got a recording.
- On Thursday afternoon, I spoke about those issues at Pause Fest, but I don’t have a recording of that either.
- Pause Fest paid for my flights to Melbourne and one night of hotel accommodation, as well as some food and drink. This doesn’t really count as largesse, though, because I was speaking at their event, and I wasn’t paid for that.
[Photo: Yabby House. I’d never expected to find an eating house named after Australia’s freshwater crustacean, but I found one in Melbourne on 10 February 2016.]
My week of Monday 1 to Sunday 7 February 2016 has been very different. Not merely different from a typical Australian’s experience, like last week, but different from even my own smorgasbord of experiences.
It began on Monday with the stress of negotiating certain timelines with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). That was successful, and I was much relieved — although I still have to meet those deadlines in the coming months.
Then Wednesday provided another emotional journey, I’ll call it, with my visit to the Black Dog Institute and the resulting diagnosis.
After all that, I was exhausted.
So even though I achieved two significant milestones right there, when it came to producing the kinds of things I usually list here…
Articles / Podcasts / Media Appearances / 5at5
… there were none.
I did kick off another new geek-for-hire project on Thursday, however, so there’s that. I’ll tell you more about that, and the other projects, in due course.
- On Friday, I received a package of American snack food — Chex Mix, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Caramel Corn, and the like — from networking vendor Brocade to consume during this weekend’s Super Bowl. Why? Because Brocade did the data networks in Levi’s Stadium.
It’s still only Saturday as I post this, but Sunday 7 February will be a lazy day, so let’s get straight into…
The Week Ahead
It’s going to be a busy one, boys and girls. No, this time it really will be.
On Monday, I’ll be doing the long commute to Sydney for a medical appointment, and to get a haircut. I’ll be dealing with tax documentation and project management en route.
Tuesday will be a quiet one, pottering around the house, and dealing with all manner of loose ends.
The rest of the week is shaped around the Pause Fest in Melbourne.
On Wednesday, I’m catching the 0543 train down to Sydney and then Sydney Airport. At 0900, it’s flight VA824 to Melbourne. Once I’ve checked in to my hotel, I’ll be having lunch with someone. The afternoon is as yet unplanned. The Pause Fest opening party is in the evening, but I need to have an early night. So instead, I’ meeting a friend for drinks, with a break to do a radio spot on ABC 774 Melbourne at 1930 AEDT.
On Thursday, I’m up early to do a spot on ABC TV’s News Breakfast. I think it’s at 0810 AEDT. I’m then spending the rest of the day at Pause Fest’s Tech Day, presumably covering it for ZDNet. I’m on the panel at 1730 AEDT, titled “The security paradox: individual privacy vs digital driftnets”, after which I’m having drinks with some people, and then dinner with someone else.
On Friday, I’ll be writing for ZDNet, then at 1300 it’s lunch in the Melbourne CBD or thereabouts with Andy Nicholson and anyone else who wants in. The afternoon is as yet unplanned. At 2000 it’s Pause Fest’s Speakers Dinner, for speakers only, so you can’t come.
On Saturday, well, I’m open to suggestions for how to spend the morning, and where to have lunch. I’ll then leave for the airport at 1430, and catch my 1600 flight VA859 to Sydney. I’ll probably then catch the train to Wentworth Falls that night, but we’ll see.
Either way, Sunday will be a day of sloth. A very big sloth.
I suspect that the much-delayed episode of The 9pm Edict podcast will eventually be recorded on Tuesday 16 February, or the day after.
Plans are being hatched for me to return to Melbourne two weeks after that, to cover the APIdays conference on 1-2 March. We shall see. Either way, it’s more than likely that I’ll be in Melbourne 8-11 March for Cisco LIVE!, assuming they’ll have me again.
[Photo: Sunrise at Bronte Beach. For several years, it was my habit to photograph the first sunrise of each new year. Here, the sun rises out of the Pacific Ocean at Bronte Beach, Sydney, on 1 January 2005.]
Apart from generating three quite adequate articles, and recording plenty of audio for future projects, I also made some excellent contacts at the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) National Conference and elsewhere, and certain geekery went pretty much to plan.
I was especially pleased that the Pozible campaign Send Stilgherrian To Ruxcon 2015 was fully funded. I’ll have more to say about that on Monday.
- Wyatt Roy’s Policy Hack is already becoming a joke, ZDNet Australia, 12 October 2015.
- Australia’s Children’s eSafety Commissioner wants a great human firewall, ZDNet Australia, 14 October 2015.
- Welcome to Brandistan, home of wobbly data retention, ZDNet Australia, 16 October 2015. This contains more than a bit of sarcasm, and was a lot of fun to write.
I also recorded an interview with Joe Franzi, Assistant Secretary Cyber Security with the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), Australia’s equivalent to the US National Security Agency (NSA). It’s the first recorded interview he’s ever done in that role, and it’ll turn into an article for ZDNet on Monday. The full audio will appear in due course. Stand by.
None, but a new episode of The 9pm Edict will appear on Tuesday.
I’ve also been commissioned to produce an episode of ABC Radio National’s Future Tense, which will appear in late November.
- On Friday, I was interviewed for a story looking at the future of technology for ABC Online, which will appear some time in the coming week.
There’s still nothing from 5at5, and that continues to be terrible. Why not subscribe so you’ll get all the future ones when they eventually appear?
- The AISA conference obviously included plenty of free food and drink.
- My travel and accommodation for that Melbourne trip was covered by Tanium.
- Michael McKinnon, social media and security awareness director with AVG Technologies AU Pty Ltd, was generous with the hospitality too.
The Week Ahead
It’s another busy week ahead. On Monday, I’m dealing with administrative loose ends, and at 1600 AEDT being a guest for the recording of Mark Pesce’s podcast TWISTA – This Week in Startups Australia, before finally returning to the Blue Mountains .
Tuesday , I’m doing the shopping in Katoomba, and wrapping up another episode of The 9pm Edict. . Wednesday is a day off.
I’m writing for ZDNet, before heading into Sydney for the evening. , I’ll waste much of the day tying up idioti lcoose ends.
Friday starts early, . The rest of the day will be spent
catching up with various people, and doing some location scouting , before some sort of drinks and dinner thing with a few people.
On Monday and Tuesday 26-27 October, I’ll still be in Melbourne doing various things. That includes a Monday night radio spot on ABC 774 Melbourne at 1930 AEDT.
Update 19 October 2015: Edited to reflect a change of plans. Update 20 October 2015: Edited to reflect further change to the plan. Update 25 October 2015: Edited once more to reflect continuing change.
[Photo: Lumpy Weather, photographed from seat 29A of VA830 on 13 October 2015.]