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So today - first day of LCA2010 - we were greeted by a lovely foggy day.

Uhoh, on behal of all those trying to fly in to a (closed) Wellington Airport!

This started last night affecting one of the Aussie-sourced inbounds shortly before midnight, who got to divert to Auckland (lucky them!)

Biggie Ups to Suzanne and Andrew Ruthven - the powers-that-be behind the Capital Cabal (i.e. the folks who set up LCA2010) who're at home sick today (oh the irony)! However, everyone here can see the fruit of their efforts (several comments on how well organised (relatively speaking) things are this year compared to previous LCA's).

The Miniconf's have begun, and the organisers are working behind the scenes to tidy up the last few kinks in the AV and other such spaces which often only reveal themselves 'live'.

A good morning had so far, with more to come.

Headsup to Professional Delegates; Check your 'Cube' for evidence of leaking batteries, it seems a few suffered from this. There are a few replacements to be had if you check at the Registration Desk, I understand, but quantities unknown!

Noted a couple of simultaneous subscriptions to NZLUG mailing lists this morning from different addresses - this immediately looked suspicious, and a Google confirms my fears.

A warning for those others dealing with mailing lists, forums and such; that's one domain with a baaaad rep.


I'm sure most of those with an interest in the subject are by now aware of the Linux Australia conference being held in Wellington, NZ in a couple of weeks time. Yep, LCA2010 is that close.

As one of the volunteers as well as a 'professional delegate' i've been working up my calendar to ensure I get the best out of the week. Today, just to make life interesting, there was a timetable shuffle to better accomodate some interesting speakers in the 'Open in the Public Sector' stream, which is one i'm quite interested in. So tonight i've just reshuffled what I hope to attend.

Dissapointingly this means that the Public Sector stream conflicts with the Sysadmin Miniconf. I'll be looking for notes, video and such to be available from that one - with any luck.

In other news I can confirm for folks interested that there will be wifi internet available at the venue (gotta get your geek fix somehow). Details will be up on the LCA website very soon (assuming they're not there already - i'm told they are, but I havnt found them yet).

Finally, this is my first blog tagged with the LCA2010 category, so this may well come up in the 'Planet LCA2010' feed. Here's hoping. :-) It should also - I hope - appear on Twitter....

Looking forward to my first LCA. :) Mine starts on Sunday with helping some of the organising crew move stuff around. Gonna be a busy week! :)

Or 'Teenglish' as calls it.

The majority of those abbreviated terms and other clever, witty remarks are originated from the online world. Geeks have been using them for years.

Funny how they're now mainstream? I guess it really does illustrate that Generation Z really are 'fully integrated' with the Internet, technology and such.

I feel old (in that I don't speak like that generally) and young (in that I knew almost all those terms without needing translation) at the same time. Odd.

So when is a FIPS rating not worth the paper it's written on?

This sounds like a bit of a major fubar on someone's part. Goes to show that you can't blindly trust certifications... !

Those of you who used (or registered) for Ferrit, beware....

This morning my wife received a spam email with ominous overtones; the destination address concerned was only ever used on

The bonus with using role-driven email addresses is that you have instant ID on where an address was sourced from. Thus the email concerned could only have come from one place; Ferrit's Database of customers; or someone associated with Ferrit.

My wife did infact purchase things through Ferrit. Twice. One has to ask though, how do someones personal details wind up being used for spam purposes?!

Telecom NZ - Over to you! Meanwhile I guess we have to engineer yet another spam-black-hole on an email address that's now a write-off :(

So it's time to put this somewhere that someone who can fix it, might actually read it.

How can the update be AFTER the current time 'today' ??
Obviously 'today' is not being measured in 'local time' despite this:

Some of facebook's recent changes are damned frustrating for the poor lil' user whos perspective doesn't seem to mean much!

3 News Video from Tonights newscast covering the reports of the NZ Security Intelligence Service asking Universities to watch out for suspicious behavior relating to WMD's.

The canned footage of 'NZSIS HQ', however, was from Stout Street... the location of NZDF HQ and NZSIS HQ until the end of 2006. By early 2007 (perhaps unfortunately for TV3), the NZSIS moved locations some 3 years ago? when Defence HQ moved from Stout St, to Aitken St. The fact that both NZDF and NZSIS is no secret ((Defence Update October 06, Page 2) and it's validated by the NZSIS's own Contact Us page.

(For the truly nosey, you could compare shots in the TV3 Clip with Google Street View.)

C'mon TV3, keep up!! :)

In case you've been hiding under a copyright rock - This clip, taken from , is definately worth a watch. Seems like an appropriate time to once-again plug the excellent work that the Creative Freedom Foundation are doing in getting the message out there in a coherent fashion.

© kiwiright from fyminc on Vimeo.

I don't know about you but I really don't know that being taken to court for taking photos in a tourist spot is really a risk I see as in any way reasonable. And yet that day may well be coming.

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