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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: http://www.asymptomatic.net/blogbreakdown.htm

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 http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/committee/wit_sub/bro_one.pdf 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...

US-AUS Free Trade Agreement: Linux Australia has developed a How you can fight the FTA webpage available for the Australian Free and Open-Source community. It links our position paper on the FTA, our short summaries on software patents and anti-circumvention, not to mention a link to the Petition On-Line which you should sign if you think these FTA treaty will take away your rights. We also include background info on the issues, and list ways of finding out who your local member or senator is, and what you should say to them.

We're getting some press on the issue too. The more the better. One of the committees stop accepting submissions on April 13 (Easter Tuesday) and the other on April 30 - not long to mobilise the Free and Open-Source community in Australia. Please do your bit where you can.

hypatia: You aren't allowed to make your submission to either the lower house or senate committees public at all. The committee will make submissions public later at their own discretion. Linux Australia is combatting this by making their position paper available on which their submission will be based.

5 Apr 2004 (updated 6 Apr 2004 at 03:35 UTC) »
The US-Australia "Free" Trade Agreement (FTA): Linux Australia just released its position paper on the FTA and the negative effect it will have on Open-Source in Australia. This is a very important issue, so if you are in Australia, consider writing a letter to your local member of parliament, submitting something to the senate committee considering this treaty, or raising awareness of the issues in your local IT community. Our mailing list will soon provide details on how you can get involved - but don't wait - the senate committee submission period closes on April 30.

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