Archive for September, 2012

A paper acceptance is a good way to start the week!

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

It’s always nice to wake up to an email that says “paper accepted!” One of the main activities for a researcher is to write up your studies (how it was done, what you found) in conference and journal papers, and submit them for anonymous peer review. It all feels like such a game of chance and luck, but that chance and luck does also reflect the hard work put into the paper. It’s like crafting an interesting story in 5000 words.

So today I found out that my paper was accepted to a conference in Geelong in December. A very nice way to start the week! I will post the link to it when it is available.

Have a good one!




An IP address is not a person :)

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

I’ve recently discovered twitter (I had to for work – really :)) and I’m loving getting my kind of news really easily – I usually read stories over breakky – and I am finding that I learn something new every day.

Particularly excited to wake up this morning to read that File Sharing for personal use has been declared legal in Portugal! This is really HUGE!!!!

It will be interesting to see how the law is interpreted and applied, but this is a really big deal and very different to what is happening in many other western countries – where people are being prosecuted based on their IP address being connected to unauthorised file sharing.

This line of thinking is similar to this article which talks about how many of the files being shared through bittorrent are actually NOT illegal! Some musicians are purposefully sharing their music through file sharing – so it is no longer ok to say that “it’s all illegal and bad!”

Food for thought 🙂

Happy Friday!


Your role in the hyper revolution

Monday, September 24th, 2012

I’ve seen these videos a few times, they are really powerful and give a high level view of our social media activities. Enjoy!


To code or not to code….but why not?

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Love this info graphic – sums up the industry well. We need more of all of you! Get coding, and for free!

why we should all learn a bit of code


Do you java? Then check out my friend’s OSS project

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

I recently read a stat that claimed only 1.5% of open source software developers are female. This figure is shocking, and disappointing. Ok, we don’t have many women working in computing full stop. But the 15-20% figures we usually see to represent women do not match up with this stat on OSS development. Why is this? I have a few hunches but I really want to investigate this more…

In the mean time, check out my friend James’ first open source project for Java that is now available.

I also encourage you to get on board an open source software project. It’s great experience (which is sometimes difficult to get in corporations), and who knows, you might even learn something! 🙂

Happy coding