Weekly Wrap 326: To the Mountains for Spring, and pain

Sydney Central Station on a spring morning: click to embiggenMy week of Monday 22 to Sunday 28 August 2016 began well, but ended in pain.

Monday and Tuesday went to plan, but after that the fatigue set in right through until Saturday. The cat’s humans returned on Saturday evening, rather than Sunday as I’d expected, and that night became a bit… rowdy.

I awoke Sunday morning in pain, thanks to falling onto the edge of a coffee table, and copping the hard corner in the ribs. Do not trust coffee tables. That made the return to Wentworth Falls… interesting. But hey, here I am.

Articles and Podcasts

None, but I’ve gathered plenty of material for writing over the next few weeks.

Media Appearances

  • On Tuesday, I recorded another five videos with Chris Duckett for the ZDNet Security TV series. They will appear over the coming weeks.

Corporate Largesse

The Week Ahead

It’s my first week back in the Blue Mountains for three months, and it’s the start of Spring. I’m looking forward to it.

On Monday I’m keeping quiet to rest my back, then staying in to watch an episode of ABC TV’s Four Corners on Cyber War. On Tuesday I’m doing an early-morning interview, reviewing Four Corners for Crikey, and in the afternoon running errands in Katoomba.

On Wednesday, it’s the long commute down to Sydney for a briefing by Nokia’s Fixed Networks division that morning, then writing for ZDNet. I may or may not stay in Sydney overnight. Then on Thursday I’ll be at the Trend Micro CLOUDSEC conference.

There’s a chance all that might be reshuffled or even cancelled if the pain lingers too long.

It most certainly was reshuffled. It turns out that while I haven’t broken any ribs or damaged my kidneys, it’ll take two to four weeks for the injury to settle down. Resting is a more sensible idea than long train commutes. I’ll do some writing and suchlike from where I am.

I reckon Friday will see some more writing for ZDNet, and then the weekend is unplanned.

Further Ahead

The next episode of The 9pm Edict podcast will be recorded and streamed on Tuesday 6 September.

I’m going to the Palo Alto Networks Cyber Security Summit in Sydney on 22 September, the AISA National Conference in Sydney on 18-20 October, the Ruxcon Security Conference in Melbourne on 22-23 October, and an event in Melbourne I can’t tell you about yet on 17 November.

Update 30 August 2016: Edited to reflect pain-related schedule changes.

[Photo: Sydney Central Station on a spring morning, photographed not this year but on 15 August 2012.]

Weekly Wrap 287: Satisfactory start to summer, with flowers

Railway Parade near Wentworth Falls: click to embiggenMy week of Monday 30 November to Sunday 6 December 2015 went reasonably well. Although I didn’t do things exactly as predicted last week, there was enough progress to make me happy.

In the interests of getting this posted on schedule, I’ll go straight to the list…

Podcasts

Articles

Media Appearances

  • On Tuesday, I spoke about the VTech hack on ABC 612 Brisbane.
  • On Wednesday, I spoke about the VTech hack on Kinderling Radio.
  • On Wednesday evening, I took part in a panel discussion at the launch of the Sydney chapter of Electronic Frontiers Australia. The only recording is a very rough one for my own reference, so sorry, you won’t be hearing it.

5at5

Should 5at5 eventually reappear, you’ll know about it if you subscribe.

Corporate Largesse

  • On Wednesday, I went to VMware’s end-of-year drinks at O Bar and Dining, Australia Square. Apart from canapés and champagne, I pocketed a pen. They so pwn me now.

The Week Ahead

On Monday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will be making some sort of announcement regarding innovation, so I suspect I’ll be writing something for ZDNet. If not, well, there’s a thousand tasks of administrivia I need to deal with.

On Tuesday, I’m heading to Sydney for a medical appointment, an interview, and NetSuite’s end-of-year drinks. I’m then heading to the ABC’s Sydney studios to do a spot on ABC 774 Melbourne at 1900 AEDT.

On Wednesday, I’ll be dealing with a number of geek-for-hire tasks, and planning certain things for the next couple of weeks.

On Wednesdayetime=”2015-12-09T03:11:37+00:00″>Thursday, I’ll finally be producing that episode of The 9pm Edict podcast, tentatively titled “The 9pm Garden of Hate”, in which I’ll finish off all of the sponsored content that I owe my supporters. I plan to stream that recording session live at 2100 AEDT.

On Thursday, I’m heading to Sydney again for a medical appointment, amongst other things, and probably writing for ZDNet en route.

Friday will see me doing whatever remains to be done, which will include writing for ZDNet.

Further Ahead

I’ll record a “2015 Wrap” episode of the Corrupted Nerds podcast some time in the week beginning Monday 14 December.

The next episode of The 9pm Public House Forum, similar to the first one, will be recorded on the afternoon of Saturday 19 December. The venue will be confirmed in a few days, but it’s now looking like it’ll be somewhere in Sydney’s inner west.

I’ll also produce “2015 Wrap” episode of the Edict some time between Christmas and New Year.

[Update 9 December 2015: Edited to reflect schedule changes.]

[Photo: Railway Parade near Wentworth Falls. On the last day of spring, the yellow flowers of the Coreopsis lanceolata are everywhere. They’re a weed, but pretty nonetheless.]

Weekly Wrap 283: It’s raining progress, but mostly in audio

Central Station in the rain: click to embiggenSpring this year seems to have a certain momentum. My week of Monday 2 to Sunday 8 November 2015 was yet another continuation of the steady progress in the eternal battle against entropy.

I won’t go into details, lest I jinx it. But apart from the handful of completed items listed below, I made solid progress on the documentary I’m producing for ABC Radio National’s Future Tense, and on developing the audio rig I plan to use for future work.

Most remarkable of all was the fact that I didn’t have to do any work on the weekend — well, apart from this Weekly Wrap.

Podcasts

  • “The 9pm Live Animal Experiments 1”, being The 9pm Edict episode 52, was recorded live and streamed onto the internet on Thursday night. Being able to produce this audio material live is a significant milestone, and I’ll talk about that more in the coming week.

Articles

Media Appearances

5at5

Should 5at5 eventually reappear, you’ll know about it if you subscribe.

Corporate Largesse

None.

The Week Ahead

Monday morning is about bringing my various geek-related jobs up to date, including quoting for two new jobs. The afternoon is devoted to Future Tense production, kicking off with an interview recording at midday.

On Tuesday, I’ll be catching the 0606 train to Sydney, then a bus to the University of NSW, because I’m on a panel at the Law via Internet (LvI) Conference 2015. I can only stay at the conference up until lunchtime, however, because I’ll be doing Future Tense production in the afternoon. I’ll then stay in Sydney overnight, because…

On Wednesday, I’m going to briefings by Raytheon/Websense and Kaspersky Lab, over morning tea and lunch respectively, before returning to Wentworth Falls in the late afternoon.

On Thursday, I’ll be writing for ZDNet, then continuing with the radio production. My aim is to complete the program by Friday, and then spend the rest of Friday mapping put all my production work for the rest of the year. The production will almost certainly continue into the weekend.

Update 11 November 2015: Edited to reflect schedule changes.

[Photo: Central Station in the rain, photographed on 4 November 2015.]

Weekly Wrap 276: Pain, flowers, and a high-level podcast

Floral Orbit: click to embiggenMy week of Monday 14 to Sunday 20 September began in pain, thanks to lugging around a heavy back of recording equipment and an old shoulder injury.

The pain lasted most of the week. My shoulder was returned to its correct configuration on Thursday. But a day of writing on Friday — that is, keyboard work and poor posture — really wasn’t the rest that my tendons and alleged muscles were demanding. Codeine to the rescue!

All that said, the spring weather helped me make a return to productivity at the very end of the week, as the rest of this Weekly Wrap reveals.

Podcasts

  • “The 9pm Malcolmgasm”, being The 9pm Edict episode 50, was recorded and posted on Sunday. It’s mostly about Australia’s new Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and my interactions with him over the last four years, but there’s plenty of other stuff there too.

Articles

Media Appearances

None.

5at5

The was one, on Friday. Why not subscribe so you’ll get all the future ones?

Corporate Largesse

None.

The Week Ahead

It’s a busy one, starting off with a Monday that is planned to include writing two columns one column for ZDNet, as well as some routine systems administration task, as well as running a couple errands locally in Sydney’s inner west — which is where I’ll be based for the week.

Tuesday will start off with some systems administration and administrivia, including bookkeeping and the analysis of The 9pm Urgent Hardware Refresh, and perhaps some writing, and then I’ll be turning my UTS lecture from the other day into some sort of online presentation.

On Wednesday, I’m popping into the ABC at Ultimo to be interviewed about crowdfunding and the media, and then taking the afternoon off — because at 1821 AEST it’s the Equinox, and I’d like to celebrate appropriately, and then I’m probably covering the Labor for Innovation panel discussion, The Future of Work in a ‘Gig Economy’.

On Thursday, I’m writing for ZDNet, I think, and then heading out for drinks with Sapphire Communications and some of their clients.

Friday through Saturday are unplanned, at least in detail, though I’ll need to address the backlog of supporter-sponsored content for The 9pm Edict, and work on a couple of SEKRIT projects. Stay tuned.

Update 1830 AEDT: Edited to reflect some changes to the plan for this week.

[Photo: Floral Orbit, photographed on 20 September 2015.]

Weekly Wrap 275: Spring springs, and there was a pub…

Almond Blossom at Bunjaree Cottages: click to embiggenMy week of Monday 7 to Sunday 13 September was over more than a week ago. So let’s just list what happened and get on with the day, shall we?

Podcasts

  • “The 9pm Public House Forum 1”, being The 9pm Edict episode 49, was recorded at the Australian Arms Hotel in Penrith on Saturday, and edited and posted on Sunday. I’m moderately pleased with the results of this Public House Forum. That means we’ll see another one before too long.

Articles

None.

Media Appearances

  • On Monday, I spoke about the death of handwriting on ABC 891 Adelaide.
  • On Friday morning, I delivered my guest lecture at the University of Technology Sydney. A recording will be posted on Wednesday 23 September, but for now you can check out the references and reading list.
  • On Friday afternoon, I spoke about the massive service outage at Commonwealth Bank on 1395 FIVEaa Adelaide, but I did not record it.

5at5

None. Why not subscribe so you’ll get all the future ones?

Corporate Largesse

None.

The Week Ahead

Well, it’s almost over. It’s already Sunday. But later today, there’ll be an episode of The 9pm Edict podcast, and another Weekly Wrap. Today is also the day that new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announces his first cabinet, and I have to write an analysis for ZDNet, so I’m hoping that I can get everything done.

[Photo: Almond Blossom at Bunjaree Cottages, photographed on 14 September 2015.]

Weekly Wrap 274: Spring has sprung, with many thoughts

Wading in Kuala Lumpur: click to embiggenMy week of Monday 31 August 2015 to Sunday 6 September was a bit all over the place, but I did achieve most of what I wanted to achieve.

I did take some time out to do some bits and pieces which I’ll explain another time — but that’s why this week’s list looks a bit thin.

Articles

Podcasts

Media Appearances

  • On Tuesday evening, I spoke about various tech stories with Tim Brunero on ABC 702 Sydney and Local Radio around NSW. I chose not to record it.
  • On Wednesday, I took part in the closing debate of the ACCAN National Conference. A recording will appear in due course. I have now posted a video recording and transcript.

5at5

There were three editions of 5at5, on Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday. Why not subscribe so you’ll get all the future ones?

Corporate Largesse

None.

The Week Ahead

On Monday, I’ll be doing the laundry, shopping, and tidying the Ashfield apartment, ready for its inhabitants’ return, and eventually making my own way back to the Blue Mountains. With luck, I’ll also finish the ZDNet column that I started writing on Friday and catching up with a couple of people. On Tuesday, I’ll finish some chores before returning to Wentworth Falls.

On Tuesday Wednesday, I’ll be going to Parramatta to buy the audio gear that’s been funded by The 9pm Urgent Hardware Refresh, testing it all, and creating the software configuration to use on Saturday.

On Wednesday Thursday, I’ll be preparing my UTS lecture, and writing for ZDNet again.

On Friday, I’ll head to Sydney on an early train, because I’m presenting my guest lecture at UTS at 0900. I’ll then return to Wentworth Falls around lunchtime to prepare for the weekend. This includes some more detailed testing of the audio gear.

On Saturday, it’s the recording session for The 9pm Edict Public House Forum in Penrith, and on Sunday that will be turned into a finished podcast.

Update 8 September 2015: Edited to reflect a change to this week’s schedule. Update 27 September 2015: Edited to add link to ACCAN debate recording.

[Photo: Wading in Kuala Lumpur, a bird of unknown species photographed on 12 September 2011.]