My week Monday 1 to Sunday 7 October 2012 was a reminder that travel and on-stage performances can be more exhausting than it feels at the time. Especially when you’re working while everyone else has a public holiday.
Out of curiosity, I just scrolled back through my calendar to find the last week when I hadn’t been working in some way or other. I scrolled back more than four years without finding such a week. I decided to stop before it all become too depressing.
That said, I know the answer. It was nearly five years, when I spent some time in Bangkok.
- Patch Monday episode 157, “DDoS attacks: 150Gb per second and rising”. Guests are Alex Caro, Akamai Technologies’ chief technology officer and vice-president of services for Asia Pacific and Japan, and Tal Be’ery, web security research team leader at Imperva, who also spoke with Patch Monday in May about his counter-intelligence work against Anonymous. Further reading: Imperva’s Hacker Intelligence Initiative, Monthly Trend Report #12 (PDF).
- Forget government data retention, Google has you wired, Crikey, 2 October 2012. While the headline draws specific attention to Google, it’s really a general critique (if that’s not too grand a word) of data retention in the private sector.
The Week Ahead
So far I know that Monday will be spent producing the Patch Monday podcast, and on Tuesday I’ll head into Sydney for a media lunch with NetSuite boss Zach Nelson.
I’ll stay in Sydney overnight so that on Wednesday I can meet Allison Cerra, author of Identity Shift: Where Identity Meets Technology in the Networked-Community Age. I’m sure you can guess why.
The rest is a bit disorganised. There’s an Internet Governance Forum in Canberra on Thursday and Friday, though no-one’s asked me to go yet. Yes, that’s a hint. But I also seem to have less commissioned writing locked in for this month than I thought I did a week ago. I should probably do something about that.
[Photo: Waratah near Bunjaree, which I believe is a specimen of Telopea speciosissima, photographed near Bunjaree Cottages earlier today. Despite living in New South Wales for something approaching two decades, this is the first time I’ve seen the state flower in its native habitat.]