lca2011 - Mobile FOSS Miniconf

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Well it seems that my insanity knows no bounds. During the LCA2011 call for papers I had an idea for a mini conf based on the ever growing arena of FOSS based mobile systems.

It turns out that I'm not the only one interested in this :)

I got the okay a couple of days ago and today I was told that I could start talking about it. So the next step is going to be setting up the site for the miniconf and working out Call for Papers and so on.


Android Market: Still closed to Australian Paid Apps

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 Sigh, so close and yet so far.

This morning a message hit the Android Australia mailing list claiming that Australia had been added to the small list of countries that  were allowed to sell Apps in the Android market.

Alas, it wasn't so. Instead it appears that Australias addition to the list was in error and we are still part of the great unwashed who are unable to take advantage of googles sales infrastructure.

iPhone Open Australia Search update

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 Just a quick update on the iphone version of the openaustralia search app:

House of Reps Search:

Currently hardcoded to search by postcode. Need to include a Picker so that people can choose how they search for their members, however, the Picker widget on the iPhone is hucking fuge! Seriously, the thing looks like something out your local hotels Pokie room.

Senate Search:

Nothing done here yet

Hansard Search:

Open Australia Search - iPhone version

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 Okay, I finally decided to put bit to processor and start an iphone version of the Open Australia Search app that I've been writing for Android.

Now, my knowledge of Objective-C and apple development is miniscule, so what's up there now is just enough to build and present the "front view" off the app, but I've already had offers of help from people more experienced in this strange and esoteric environment so we'll see how we go.

Anyways, here's the source:

So, our pariament is hung

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If you, like me, have been bemoaning the general publics complete lack of knowledge about how the government works, then rejoice. For the hung parliament has made everyone sit up and say "huh?" At which point the edumacation starts.

Conferences, Speakers and Lightning Talks Oh My!

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 Just a quick note to let you, dear reader, know a couple of things:

LCA2011 Paper Submissions

The traditional extension to the paper submission process is going to close at the end of tomorrow (14th August 2010). So if you've got any last minute brain waves or inspirations get in quick.


For the second year in a row I'm going to be helping out with the audio recordings and general organisation of the Local Government Web Network Conference.

Thoughts from the Train - The Dawn Chorus

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Well, it's ten to seven in the morning, and I'm on the train to Sydney so I thought I would put some thoughts down.

Ding dong the witch is dead, or is she?

Last week, the Coalition finally announced their position on the Labor party's mandatory ISP filter, stating that they would oppose it or scrap it depending on whether they won or lost the election. This caused much celebration and crowing on the twitters, with many declaring the filter proposal dead, buried and cremated. "Huzzah!" they declared, "the witch is dead!".

Sunday Morning Rant

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Okay, it's Sunday morning, I have a coffee in hand and I haven't had a chance to blog lately, so here we go:

This election has officially jumped the shark

That's it, this election is officially a joke. Neither party is offering significantly different policies, the media seems to be more concerned about the Days of Our Lives that is the Labor leadership squabble, and now we have channel 9 bringing Mark bloody Latham into the mix as a "guest journalist"

Thoughts From the Train - Throsby - My Really, Really Safe Seat

I live in the federal seat of Throsby, which encompasses a fair chunk of the Wollongong and Shellharbour LGA's and reaches into the Southern Highlands. Created in 1984, it has only had two representatives in the 36 years of its existance, both Labor. It is what could be called the stereotypical safe seat with Labor sitting on a 16.5% margin and a very large rusted on voting base.

Thoughts from the Train - The Election Campaign So Far

So I'm on the train heading to Sydney and I thought I would put down some thoughts on the election campaign so far.