My week of Monday 17 to Sunday 23 March 2014 was a busy one, and moderately productive. I am happy with it.
Apart from the media objects listed here, I did quite a bit of background work on a SEKRIT project that I’ll announce on Tuesday. The only hint for now is that it’s something that quite a few people have been wanting for a while now.
- NSAâ€™s malware and spying ops far more powerful than you think, Crikey, 18 March 2014.
- It’s time that ‘metadata’ met an end, ZDNet Australia, 20 March 2014. I’m talking about the way that metadata is being downplayed as merely “billing data” by proponents of a mandatory data retention scheme for internet service providers.
- On Wednesday I was interviewed about Tor and related matters on ABC Radio’s The World Today.
We’re back up to four out of five days being published. Excellent.
- 5at5 number 18, 17 March 2013.
- 5at5 number 19, 18 March 2013.
- 5at5 number 20, 19 March 2013.
- 5at5 number 21, 20 March 2013.
- On Monday I went to an event with a delightful name: Dell Australia’s Steak, Storage & Solutions Media & Analyst Lunch at Kingsley’s Steak & Crabhouse in Woolloomooloo. Obviously they paid for the food and wine.
- On Tuesday I went to a media briefing by Imperva at Wolfies Restaurant, Circular Quay, where of course they paid for the food and wine. Imperva also gave us: A rather nice branded notebook; a branded pen; and a well-made carry bag to put them in. M.Tech, one of Imperva’s channel partners, gave us: A branded water bottle, carry bag, and business card holder.
- On Tuesday I finally got around to checking my postbox, where I discovered that Sourcefire had sent me a six-pack of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and a branded bottle opened / key ring to open them with. Thanks for that.
The Week Ahead
It’ll be a busy week. Indeed, it’s the first week of a challenging three months ahead. I’ll tell you more about that later, but one key issue is that I need to decide how I’ll ramp up my revenue in the coming quarter. I have plenty of ideas, I just have to choose — and choose wisely.
On Monday I’ll be doing the final planning for the SEKRIT thing to be announced on Tuesday, as well as speaking with my editors about their needs for the next month or so.
On Wednesday I’m heading into Sydney for a few things, including the SANS Australia Community Night presentation Why Do Organisations Get Compromised? I’ll then stay in Sydney overnight, and on Thursday I’ll write my ZDNet Australia column before heading back up the hill.
Friday has been kept clear for work on my legacy business Prussia.Net, although that may change. The weekend is currently unplanned.
[Photo: Sydney skyline, with frigate, 17 March 2014, being a photograph taken from the steps leading from Potts Point down to Woolloomoloo. In the background is the Sydney CBD. In the foreground, mostly hidden behind trees, is a Royal Australian Navy frigate docked at Fleet Base East.]
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Re metadata: remember the Senate Committee on the Scrafton Evidence in 2004? A coalition Senator used phone records (metadata) from Kiribilli House to defend John Howard from accusations related to the children overboard affair. You’ll never guess what the Senator’s job is now.
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