As the weeks drag on, all I feel like saying is that my week of Monday 20 to Sunday 26 July 2020 was much the same as so many others this year. I got a few things done, yet didn’t stray far from home I hope you and yours are doing well in these Quarantimes.
I’m still concerned that NSW has been opening up way too soon. I’m equally concerned that the federal government seems to have decided that everything will be fine in just a few weeks. As I keep saying, I have no relevant expertise here. I just have fears.
At least I got a few more things done this week…
- I was guest co-host on “Detachable Frydenberg”, this week’s episode of Well May We Say, the Australian politics podcast by Jeremy Sear-Pirko and, this time, Denise Sear-Pirko. I’ve cross-posted it as a special episode of The 9pm Edict.
- COVIDSafeâ€™s problems arenâ€™t Google or Appleâ€™s fault despite government claims, ZDNet, 21 July 2020. The very next day my colleague Asha Barbaschow reported that Minister still blaming COVIDSafe flaws on Apple and Google.
- Support grows for an Australian active cyber defence program, ZDNet, 23 July 2020. Includes the sentence: “Peter Dutton is not the cyber leader we’re looking for..”
- One of my articles, COVIDSafe’s problems aren’t Google or Apple’s fault despite government claims, has been cited by the Wikipedia entry for COVIDSafe, which is Australia’s official COVID-19 contact tracing app.
None. Will we ever have travel or meetings or conferences ever again?
- I don’t want all my recommendations to be TV and video, but the new TV adaptation of War of the Worlds is brilliant. If you’re in Australia, you can watch it for free on SBS On Demand.
- This short video has been circulating on the socials: Uncle Roger DISGUSTED by this Egg Fried Rice Video (BBC Food). Watch it.
- The blog My Favourite Bench is what it says on the tin.
The Week Ahead
This will be week 19 of my Quarantimes. While I continue to be based at Bunjaree Cottages at Wentworth Falls, I’ll make another trip down to Sydney from Thursday to Sunday. It’ll help my mental health, and I actually do have things to do down there.
I’ve also got at least two ZDNet stories in the pipeline, probably three, and I’m determined to record an episode of The 9pm Edict late in the week..
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This list is starting to look ridiculous, but I’ll leave it here for the lulz.
- AusCERT 2020 Cyber Security Conference, online, 15â€“18 September 2020.
- Australian Cyber Conference, Melbourne, 27-29 October 2020 (TBC).
- Australian Cyber Conference, Canberra, 14â€“16 March 2021 (TBC).
[Photo: The Chamberlain Hotel aka C Bar in Thaitown, Sydney, photographed on 16 July 2020. I didn’t go there this week, but I will be going there again next week.]