Monday 30 December 2019 to Sunday 5 January 2020 saw a relatively quiet start to the new year that included quite a bit of gin, and way too much bushfire smoke — though there were no direct threats to me from the fires.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 501: A quiet new year with bushfire smoke and a random spider”
- How Australia’s government-by-parrot is flying backward on drones, ZDNet Australia, 19 January 2018.
- Meltdown and Spectre response hampered by ‘exclusive club’ secrecy, ZDNet Australia, 25 January 2018. This is the first in a series of articles to come out of my coverage of the Linux.conf.au open-source software conference that took place in Sydney this week.
None. Announcements soon.
- There was plenty of food and drink at Linux.conf.au, but I can’t remember who all the sponsors were. IBM was one, though, sponsoring a professional networking event on Thursday night. And Wargaming.net paid for the conference’s coffee.
- On Tue 9 Jan, I spoke about planned obsolescence on ABC Gold Coast. I didn’t record it.
- On Tue 23 Jan, I was interviewed for the story Electoral Commission on defensive after damning report on ABC Radio’s AM
- My 2015 story Telstra CISO blasts cyber ‘attribution distraction’ was cited in the paper Digital Forensic Analysis of Amazon Linux EC2 Instances (PDF) by Kenneth G Hartman.
The Week Ahead
I won’t plan ahead in too much detail. This is the week when Australia returns from its long summer slumber. I know I’ll have errands in Katoomba on Monday. But I’ll also be doing a bunch of writing during the first part of the week, and perhaps right through to the end.
I’ll also sketch out the first few months of the year, especially the podcasts and such. Expect announcements via Twitter.
- Australia’s new critical cyberdefender needs action rather than announcements, ZDNet Australia, 25 January 2017.
- Victoria’s failed Ultranet project ‘corrupted’, declares IBAC, ZDNet Australia, 27 January 2017.
- My photo of a Nokia Lumia 925 smartphone was used to illustrate an article, Just when you thought Windows Phone couldn’t get any more dead…. This is by far my most-viewed and most-used photograph ever, and it’s just a product shot. Go figure.
Podcasts, Corporate Largesse
I’d intended things to be fairly quiet, to counterbalance the previous week’s hectic pace. Well, quiet it was, because it was the beginning of a new month and nobody had paid me yet. Most inconvenient before a long weekend.
Still, I did nearly drink a spider (pictured), and did quite a bit of pre-production for my new SEKRIT podcast project. The first episode will appear very soon.
- Dump shared hosting to avoid ASIC’s Section 313 hammer, ZDNet Australia, 7 June 2013.
- On Thursday I interviewed Sean Richmond at Sophos in North Sydney, and he bought me a coffee.
The Week Ahead
Monday is a public holiday for the Queen’s Birthday, in theory, but I’m planning to continue my planning for the weeks ahead.
The only fixed appointment is on Wednesday afternoon and early evening, when Intel launch their 4th Generation Core processor chips in Sydney. So that means I’ll probably stay overnight in Sydney that night and cluster some appointments around it.
My writing schedule says that I’m doing pieces for Technology Spectator and CSO Online, as well as my usual column for ZDNet Australia.
[Photo: Spider in my water glass, which I nearly drank, but managed to spot it at the very last moment — and there was water everywhere.]
During the week Monday 8 to Sunday 14 April 2013, I submitted to the cloud and was dominated by broadband. I did some dominating myself, in relation to two SEKRIT matters that I won’t be telling you about.
Reactions to the Coalition’s broadband policy, launched by Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday, made it clear that the National Broadband Network (NBN) will be a key issue for Australia’s federal election on 14 September. I’ll be writing up my reflections on reactions and media coverage, including reactions to my own work, tomorrow. We’ll be seeing plenty more about the NBN in the coming weeks.
- Ninety billion maybes: 13 questions about Turnbull’s NBN, Crikey, 8 April 2013.
- Broadband battlelines drawn: Turnbull’s plan for fast internet, Crikey, 9 April 2013.
- Like it or not, Turnbull’s NBN vision strikes a chord, ABC The Drum, 10 April 2013.
- Broadband battle: hard numbers, ideology and gut feel, Crikey, 10 April 2013.
- Will speed kill the next tech revolution?, ZDNet Australia, 11 April 2013.
- On Tuesday I spoke about the NBN with Dom Knight and his guests on ABC 702 Sydney, but I didn’t record it.
- On Saturday I spoke about the NBN on FBi Radio’s politics show Backchat.
- On Tuesday I had a few beers at Alcatel-Lucent’s expense. Three Peronis, if I recall correctly.
- On Wednesday I attended a press briefing about trends in unified communications by Dimension Data, held at the wonderful Flying Fish Restaurant in Pyrmont, Sydney. Check out the full menu and the pre-lunch canapes. There was also wine, but I forgot to grab the wine list.
The Week Ahead
It turns out that I won’t be in Sydney continuously for the next two weeks after all. In the two years that I’ve been mostly based at Bunjaree Cottages near Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains, I’ve usually migrated to the proprietors’ family home in Lilyfield during school holidays. The holidays are a busy time for Bunjaree, so it was handy for them to be on-site. But this time they’ve made other arrangements, so Wentworth Falls will continue to be my base.
It’s already Monday. I had an 0600 conference call — whose idea was that again oh yes that’s right it was mine shut up — and right now I’m on a train headed to Sydney for a lunchtime briefing, an afternoon meeting and dinner with a friend. I’ll be staying overnight for more meetings on Tuesday.
The shape of the rest of the week is unclear, but there’s a bunch of writing in the pipeline, and a bunch of planning. Stay tuned.
[Photo: Spider guest, Nicodamus species, a change from my usual bird photos from Bunjaree Cottages.]