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nymia: You should also consider Rusty's OLS keynote from 2003 which talks about Interface Simplicity (thanks to mbp).

If I believed in luck, I'd have to say that it's been bad lately.

1)'s hardware died, and I simply don't have the time to replace it.

2) Finally after much whinging and complaining via the various forums, spare copper has appeared in my street and I was able to switch over from cable to ADSL. Of course Telstra responded by killing my landline phone connection, which also simultaneously killed my ADSL. Of course it has been labelled as a line fault, but it's a very strange coincidence that the fault happened a week after ADSL was connected, and the day after the cable account was terminated.

2 days have passed, and I have no landline still. I wonder how long this will go on for :-(

So while in Chicago my ISP decided to shuffle IP addresses - the first time in 6 months - meaning my domain was no longer accessible.

I was going to get my wonderful wife to reconfigure the router so all would be fine and dandy, but alas, something else appears to be wrong on the other side of the router.

Boy do I wish I had enabled sshd port forwarding. At least it's only another week and a half before I return to Adelaide and I can rectify things myself.


With advogato being down for some time I started blogging at my own domain. Once I get a round tuit I'll mirror in both places.

Sydney trip: Went to Sydney for a day and bit this past weekend for some media training - how to phrase what you want to say in such a way as to get your message across and not get misquoted. Very useful stuff. Should be very useful in the advocacy role that LA is now playing.

Stayed with jdub and pipka - they looked after me nice. Unfortunately I got to experience Sydney traffic. Boy, am I glad I live in the nicest place in the world.

Linux Australia website screenshot: Spent not a few hours playing drawing up new concepts for LA's website on Sunday night. With jdub and leonb correcting my CSS syntax, Stewart giving us lots of ideas, and pipka giving me massages, we were pretty productive as a team.

A nice review of blogging software:

Went to LinuxSA last night, g spoke on milter and SPF. Good stuff.

Congratulations jdub and pipka!

21 Apr 2004 (updated 21 Apr 2004 at 01:18 UTC) »
AUSFTA: Spoke at LinuxSA, my local LUG, last night on the Australian-US Free Trade Agreement. I think we got the message across. Slides still to come.

Along with Rusty's efforts, I think the Australian FOSS community are starting to realise this stuff is important to our future.

12 Apr 2004 (updated 13 Apr 2004 at 00:37 UTC) »
hypatia: somone just pointed out that what I said was wrong - from is appears that "you can make your submission public beforehand, but you're not encouraged to, because if you don't, they will and that way you get the benefits of parliamentary privilege."

Whoops! Sorry about that...

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