Weekly Wrap 724: An encounter with a familiar foe

Midway through my week of Monday 8 to Sunday 14 April 2024 I realised I’d been fighting an infection, because I suddenly got some more energy. There’s a really nasty cold doing the rounds, although I avoided the worst of it. And on an errand in Katoomba, I ran into an old adversary.


  • The 9pm Curious Case of Case, a solo episode recorded and posted on Sunday. What was meant to be a 5-minute reward for a supporter turned into a 20-minute ramble.

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  • The Weekly Cybers #13. Australian startups sook about proposed mergers regulation, a new way to measure the cyber threat, and are smartphones really bad for teenagers?

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Media Appearances

  • Yet another use of my photo of a union march in Sydney, this time at ZNetwork to illustrate Don’t Fear “Collectivism”.
  • Back in 2004 I blogged about the amount of spam coming into an email server that I ran, The Rise of Spam. Weirdly, the chart in that post has turned up in a presentation at the University of Modena in Italy, HoneySpam: Honeypots fighting SPAM at the source (PDF). No they’re not using data that’s two decades out of date. The slides are from a conference titled “Conference on Steps to Reducing Unwanted Traffic on Internet” from 2005.

Photos, Videos, Corporate Largesse

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The themes in Elon Musk news continue to be the usual ones: He’s getting into fights with regulators, losing other fights in courtrooms, distracting us with bold yet unsupported predictions for the future, and generally being bad at business.

In other news:

The Week Ahead

It’s another of those weeks when nothing has been scheduled into specific days, apart from The Weekly Cybers on Friday, and maybe a podcast episode if I line up a guest. Watch my socials for details as they unfold.

Further Ahead

[Photo: A sulphur-crested cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) in :atoomba Street, Katoomba, photographed in 11 April 2024. It’s the same bird as featured in this story at the Guardian from 2019, Chick flick: cockatoo gives anti-nesting spikes the bird in viral video. I’m quoted in that story, and because I have news alerts in place I keep seeing it crop up in low-end news aggregator sites years later.]