My week of Monday 25 to Sunday 31 January 2016 was very different from the one experienced by most Australians.
For most Australians, it was a short week, because they’d taken Monday, joined it up with the public holiday for Australia Day on Tuesday, and made themselves an unofficial four-day long weekend.
Whether they chose to do that by requesting annual leave, or through the rather more patriotic tradition of “chucking a sickie”, would have been a matter between them and those persistent little nagging voices in the back of their heads.
Mine was arranged a little differently, for reasons described in the immediately preceding post. It was busy, and here’s what emerged.
- Australian businesses facing up to cyberwar need the right kinds of clouds, ZDNet Australia, 28 January 2016. This is the third of three columns based on a new report by Prof Greg Austin of the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) Australian Centre for Cyber Security (ACCS), Australia Rearmed: Future Capabilities for Cyber-enabled Warfare.
None, because the planned Sunday night recording of The 9pm Edict was abandoned due to repeated software crashes. It has been re-scheduled for Tuesday night.
At one point during the week, I also announced a bold plan to record a Corrupted Nerds podcast with Leslie Nassar as well. That plan was abandoned when sanity returned.
Both podcasts are now on an official one-month hiatus while I consider their future. I’ll post my thoughts in the coming week.
- On Thursday, I spoke about malware that can crash an iPhone and related matters on ABC Statewide Drive NSW.
None. But should 5at5 ever reappear, you’ll know about it if you subscribe.
None, but it begins in earnest in the coming week.
The Week Ahead
It’s going to be a busy one, boys and girls…
On Monday, I’ll be up early to finalise some tax documentation, then at 1030 I’ll be phoning in to Deloitte for a cybersecurity briefing. The afternoon will see me negotiating certain timelines with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), updating the clients for my various geek-for-hire projects, and having an early night.
On Tuesday, I really must do that cleaning and shopping.
On Wednesday, I’ll be catching an early train to Sydney for an appointment at the Black Dog Institute. I’ll post more about that on Tuesday morning. I’ll then return to the Blue Mountains mid-afternoon, because at 2100 AEDT I’ll be recording The 9pm Edict and streaming it live.
On Thursday, I’m writing for ZDNet, then heading back to Sydney in the afternoo for a meeting at 1745 to kick off a new geek-for-hire project. I plan to stay in Sydney overnight, should Sydney’s nosebleed accommodation prices permit.
Worked on the aforementioned geek-for-for hire projects, and everything else, will be woven around those appointments as need be.
The weekend is as yet unplanned.
On 10 to 13 February, I’ll be in Melbourne for the Pause Fest. Wednesday night I’m doing a radio spot on ABC 774 Melbourne, at 1930 AEDT. I’m then on a panel on Thursday 11 at 1730 AEDT, titled “The security paradox: individual privacy vs digital driftnets”. I plan to stay in Melbourne until Saturday afternoon. If you’d like to catch up, let me know.
I hope to return to Melbourne to cover the APIdays conference on 1-2 March, but that’ll depend on me finding someone to cover my flights and accommodation. Would you like to be my sponsor?
[Update 2145 AEDT: Edited to reflect the new podcast recording time. Update 1 February 2016: Minor edits to the schedule.]
[Photo: To boldly go…. There’s a story behind this photograph.]