My week of Monday 8 to Sunday 14 March began in Newcastle, paused in Sydney, and ended in Wentworth Falls. It was lovely for a number of reasons, but I’ve already said all that on Twitter.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 563: Visiting Newcastle after an eight-year gap”
In this episode we travel to Newcastle to kick off The 9pm Autumn Series 2021 with special guest Carol Duncan — journalist, multimedia producer and Newcastle City Councillor.Continue reading “The 9pm Newcastle Rock, Radio, and Coal Chat with Carol Duncan and Nuatali Nelmes”
I’m very happy with my week of Monday 1 to Sunday 7 March. I was the midst of changing my medication regime and productivity was high â€” there’s a good chance these things are connected â€” and I’ve just enjoyed a train trip up to Newcastle.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 562: Pills, productivity, and peregrinations”
[Update 14 October 2013, 0800 AEDT: As foreshadowed, “The Week Ahead” has been fleshed out with the current version of The Plan. However there’s evidence to suggest that this might change again later today. Update 15 October 2013, 1915 AEDT: The plan has changed again.]
- Corrupted Nerds: Conversations 6, being a chat with Michael Smith, head of Akamai Technologies’ computer security incident response team (CSIRT) about distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.
- Tech boom? Innovation drives Newcastle’s (slow) renewal, Crikey, 7 October 2013, being my write-up of the DiG Festival.
- Internet use: we’re more mobile, but we still need a cable, Crikey, 9 October 2013, being my response to the latest internet usage figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABC).
I also wrote my usual column for ZDNet Australia, The Full Tilt, but we’re currently waiting on a decision as to whether the planned headline is, um, pushing the boundaries.
- On Monday I spoke about Tor and Silk Road on ABC Local Radio across New South Wales.
- On Sunday, I was a guest for the recording of this week’s Reckoner podcast.
- On Wednesday I went to a lunchtime briefing by Unisys at Wolfies Restaurant at Circular Quay — apparently it doesn’t have an apostrophe — where the food was lovely and the weather was gorgeous. They paid, of course.
- On Thursday I went to the annual conference of the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, where I was fed and watered. Check Point Software Technologies Ltd gave me a branded shirt. Watchguard Technologies Inc gave me a novelty USB memory device (4GB) packed with PR material.
The Week Ahead
The exact shape of the week will depend upon news arriving overnight, so I’ll add in the details tomorrow morning.
On Monday I’ll be mapping out the coming three weeks or so, including preparing some of plan for getting to Melbourne for the Breakpoint and Ruxcon hacker conferences. On Tuesday I’ll be continuing that work towards Melbourne and writing a piece for Technology Spectator that’ll due to be published on
Thursday Friday. On Wednesday I’ll be setting up the framework for another Technology Spectator yarn, as well as writing my ZDNet Australia column for Thursday.
On Wednesday I’ll be heading to Sydney for a lunchtime briefing by Dasault SystÃ¨mes about their new SolidWorks thingo, setting up the frameworks for Technology Spectator and ZDNet Australia stories en route. I may stay in Sydney overnight, depending on several factors. If I don’t…
On Thursday itself, I’ll be heading to Sydney again for a lunchtime briefing by NEC and Telsyte, staying overnight until Friday for a tour of the Pacnet data centre and some personal stuff.
There’s more in the schedule than that, of course, but they’re the relatively fixed pegs upon which the rest of the schedule hangs.
The weekend is currently unplanned.
[Photo: Not the ASD, photographed at the annual conference of the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) in Sydney on 10 October 2013. The signage for the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), formerly the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD), seems to have gone astray…]
My week Monday 30 September to Sunday 6 October 2013 was dominated by my trip to Newcastle for the inaugural DiG Festival and Conference. Both the city and the event were well worth it.
I’ll be writing about the DiG Festival for Crikey today, so watch out for that, but I’m sure I’ll have more to say later.[Update 2000 AEDT: And here it is.] I’ll also be writing about Newcastle, because I have many thoughts.
- The digital revolution’s lingering literacy problem, ZDNet Australia, 30 September 2013.
- Upping the pace to face the infosec ‘Cold War’, CSO Online, 30 September 2013.
- The global clash to capture your cash, ZDNet Australia, 3 October 2013. The thoughts in this op-ed were triggered by the comments from the Commonwealth Bank guy at the DiG Festival, as well as the news that day about the takedown of Silk Road. And they in turn fed into…
- Silk Road battleground: individualism v authority, ABC The Drum, 4 October 2013.
- Will it float? Twitter’s prospectus shows signs of growth, Crikey, 4 October 2013.
I also wrote a 1000-word piece that’ll appear in a printed magazine that CSO will be handing out at some events between now and the end of the year.
None, but there’ll be a new Corrupted Nerds in the coming few days.
- On Friday night I had beers and pizza at The Grain Store Bar in Newcastle, thanks to the organisers of the DiG Festival and Conference.
The Week Ahead
Monday is a public holiday in NSW, but not in Victoria, so I’ll be writing my story on the DiG Festival and Conference for Crikey and, perhaps, a piece that I’ve kept on the back burner for Technology Spectator.
I’m keeping Tuesday empty for some personal reasons.
On Wednesday I’ll head to Sydney for a lunchtime media briefing by Unisys, and I may stay overnight because on Thursday there’s the annual conference of the Australian Information Security Association (AISA). [Update 8 October 2013: Confirmed, I’ll be attending the AISA Conference and staying in Sydney until Friday.]
Friday and the weekend are currently unplanned.
[Photo: Newcastle City Hall, photographed at around 0730 AEST on 3 October 2013.]
I won’t repeat the event’s own website. You can read that for yourself. The key days are this coming Thursday 3 and Friday 4 October 2013.
But I will say that apart from the conference program itself, I’m interested in catching a few glimpses of the city. It’s been three years since I visited Newcastle to speak at the National Young Writers Festival, and four years since I looked around properly and wrote my Letter from Newcastle. So of nothing else, there’ll be an observational essay about that.
There’s a strong-looking conference thread about the future of online payments — could the fact that Commonwealth Bank is a major sponsor have something to do with that? — and I’ll be writing about that for Technology Spectator. It’ll be a nice follow-up to my recent piece about Westpac’s $2 billion invisible bank. And I’m sure I’ll be writing about other things for other outlets.
If you’re in Newcastle at the time, don’t forget to say hi. I plan to stick around until Saturday afternoon.