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Donna Benjamin
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I hear tix for are limited and may well sell out. Jan 16-20 at Wrest Point Conference centre, in gorgeous Hobart.

I also think this is going to be a great conference.

So if you've been thinking about it, stop thinking, start acting and get your ticket today!

This is quite simply, the best free and open source software conference in this part of the world.

+Deb Nicholson and I are running the Free Software, Law and Policy miniconf on Tuesday.

I'll also be presenting on Thursday, asking the question "I am your user, why do you hate me?" sadly solo, as I'll be without my comrade +Leslie Hawthorn this time.

Please join us.

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I'm speaking at buzzconf - tix are nearly sold out! Grab one before they do :)

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I'm really enjoying this free short course from open to study.  I'm finding that a lot of the knowledge I've picked up over the years is actually codified and common, but at the same time, picking up some new ways to look at the issue. 

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I have it on good authority you can still sneak in a submission to the CFP - so long as it's still Friday Anywhere on Earth!

"The CFP will remain open until 23:59:59 AOE Friday 5 August, which is equivalent to 21:59:59 Australian Eastern Standard Time on Saturday 6 August, or 11:59:59 UTC on Saturday."


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Spread the word...

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Do you use Drupal? Do you know people who use Drupal? Please consider supporting our work at the association by becoming a certified member. It's incredibly affordable, and we want keep it that way, to help ensure that people everywhere can make this simple contribution.

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+Josh Stewart only $103 to go to reach his funding goal. 
I kicked in $25 - maybe you could too, and he'd be across the line in no-time.  Here's some more info - and the link to his "Go Fund Me" campaign page.

Josh has made a Freedom of Information request to NBN for data on missed appointments by technicians and installers. 

"After recently going through the process to have NBN connected at my house, only to have the technician fail to show up in the 4 hour appointment window, I began to wonder just how common this was. In my instance, I was not contacted at all prior to the booking and my ISP could only advise that the NBN system reported the missed appointment was cuased by 'Technician shortfall', aka a lack of installers. 

I have spoken with a number of people in the time since then and have heard the same story many times over. Indeed, my own single no-show seems to pale in comparison to many people who have seen this occur for months on end with multiple appintments not being attended."

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