Over at the DigiACTive blog, I’ve posted about the fun and games I had with Vagrant, NFS, bindfs and CentOS. I hope it helps some other poor developer skip the frustration I experienced.
While I’m logged in to WordPress, I should perhaps blog about this…
For the past few months, myself and a bunch of us at the ANU Computer Science Students’ Association have been working on putting together a conference for Australian computer science students.
We present to you CompCon 2013, the inaugural national conference for computing students! It’s on 28-30 September 2013 at the ANU in Canberra.
We’re currently looking for speakers – we’ll be getting a CFP up tomorrow. We’re looking for talks and workshops on any computing-related topic, whether it be technical, research or professional/community.
We’re also looking for delegates – tickets will be going on sale this week at the early bird price of just $35, so get in quick!
EDIT: Josh Taylor over at ZDNet has more info.
So with all the media fuss (okay, not that much media fuss) about the release of e-tax for Mac, I was reminded that (a) e-tax still doesn’t exist for Linux and (b) I actually asked them why about two years ago.
As I was searching through my drawers earlier today I stumbled across the parcel of 130 pages they sent me in response to my request, which gives some insight into the whole thing. For some reason, I had neglected to put the material up on teh interwebz back in 2011, so a few dollars of ANU printer credit later, I have finally uploaded PDFs.
So here, have some FOI goodness.
- Decision Letter
- Reasons for Decision
- Schedule of Documents
- Doc 1 – Clayton Utz – Deed of winding up and release between ATO and IBM Australia Limited (Negotiation Draft 1)
- Doc 2 – Arnold Ellem, ATO to Greg Farr, ATO – Office Minute – Negotiations on termination of contract with IBM Australia for redevelopment of e-tax
- Doc 3 – Arnold Ellem, ATO to Greg Farr, ATO – Office Minute – Proposed contract with IBM Australia for redevelopment of e-tax
- Doc 4 – Arnold Ellem, ATO to Greg Farr, ATO – Office Minute – e-tax RFT – Final Evaluation Report
- Doc 5 – Steve Vesperman, ATO and Mike Borucinski, ATO to Greg Farr, ATO – Executive Summary – e-tax redevelopment advice paper
- Doc 6 – ATO – Redevelopment of e-tax – Contract with preferred tenderer – Risk plan and mitigation statement
- Doc 7 – Arnold Ellem, ATO to Mike Borucinski, ATO – Email – Re: Initial acceptance of software from vendor
- Doc 8 – Robert Ward, ATO to Michelle Montgomery, ATO – Email – FW: Template – Normal Reg 10 consent
- Doc 9 – John McAlister, ATO – Executive report – e-tax redevelopment: issues and concerns
- Doc 10 – Capgemini to ATO – Report – e-tax and pre-fill – Future Roadmap version 1.0
- Doc 11 – Capgemini – e-tax and pre-filling future roadmap 2008-2012
- Doc 12 – Pre-filling e-tax Steering Committee – Capgemini Workshop – Minutes of Meeting
So I didn’t end up posting that much about LCA…
The main conference was fantastic:
- Clojure is awesome for concurrency
- Unix party tricks are extremely fun, and rather scary, and now I just want to disappear off teh interwebz
- Schwern taught me lots about Git – I now have a Github account and I feel a lot more confident with it!
- Repent, for the end of the Unix epoch is nigh!
- Pia Waugh can talk very fast, particularly given some sleep deprivation
- bunnie’s keynote provided some very interesting insights into the world of consumer manufacturing, particularly pricing
- TBL can speak even faster than Pia – this was actually problematic…
- Asheesh Laroia and OpenHatch are pretty awesome
- Paul Fenwick can talk very, very fast given a 90 second timeslot…
Anyway, it was awesome. I highly recommend it, and I’m already planning to make my way to Perth for 2014.
So, after not posting on this blog since… 2009 (which was before I started uni), I’ve decided I might try getting back into this whole blogging business again. Maybe. We’ll see.
Anyway, I’m at linux.conf.au 2013 here in the most wonderful city of Canberra. It’s my first LCA, and so far I’m rather liking it.
Today is Day 2, where we had a most excellent keynote by Radia Perlman, the inventor of the Spanning Tree Protocol among many other important networking things. There are a few summaries of the talks already up on Planet LCA so I shan’t do so again.
The rest of today consists of Miniconfs – one-day streams dedicated to particular topics, organised separately from the main conference. For most of today I attended Open Government, which I found rather dry for the most part although there were quite a few interesting insights I heard. Currently in Haecksen, where Jacinta Richardson has just spoken on the topic of conference presentations, and later my good friend and fellow ANU undergraduate Sam Cheah will be presenting on her beloved Robogals. Great stuff!
Also, I managed to get my hands on a free copy of Perlman’s Interconnections: Bridges, Routers, Switches, and Internetworking Protocols. Some books were given away in connection with her keynote (as is LCA tradition), and one of the winners decided she was willing to give her copy away to someone else who might want it better. It is thus joining the CSSA Common Room library. :)
So now I’m being syndicated on the Linux.com Debian community blog, which means I actually have an excuse to do a bit of blogging now and then.
In other news, I have an external hard drive now. Time to install Debian on it :D
I got in :D
Can’t wait for the 3rd of January!