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Monday, September 11, 2023

Subtle systemic bias

Postal vote applications for the 2023 referendum opened yesterday, 11 September. The earliest a postal vote applied for today (12 Sep) can be delivered is 01 October. For those who are booked on overseas trips (like me) that leaves only 1 or 2 days to apply to a postal vote if it is to arrive before I leave.

The writs for the referendum were deliberately delayed as long as possible to allow the maximum number of 18-year-olds to enrol before the electoral roll closes. 65% of 18–35-year-olds are expected to vote YES.
At the other end of the spectrum, the most likely people to request postal votes are older Australians. For Australians over 55, only 24% are expected to vote YES.
It is clear the timing of the referendum is intended to maximise the YES vote and minimise the NO vote.
Australia deserves better democracy.

Tuesday, August 22, 2023


Flutter is Google's promise of write once, run anywhere. And it actually delivers!

Unfortunately, there is a downside. I had to learn yet another programming language. Dart.

Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Powershell JEA

Just Enough Admin (JEA)

High privilege access to machines via PowerShell is a security risk. JEA allows access to only the commands and components of Powershell needed to perform a task and no more.

Saturday, July 22, 2023

Is learning .NET Maui a waste of time?

 I was very excited when .NET Maui was announced. Who, among programmers, would not be excited at the prospect of writing a single application in C# that would run on Windows, Linux, Mac, iOS and Android without any changes. And a free, open source ecosystem to boot.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Going Grey

OK, I've been thinking about it for decades, I've been talking about it for years and now I've finally done it. I've installed a grey water system.