Pop-in menus are driving me nuts

It’s the weirdest thing. And it’s something I’ve never noticed until recently. I only read the top inch of a web page. Weird, huh? I think there are various reasons why; I use the bookmarks bar in Google Chrome very heavily and my mouse seems to hover around the top of the page constantly. And so do my eyes, apparently.

I can hear you asking two questions… Why do you know this? And why does it matter? Great questions, you! Continue reading

Remembrance Day 2016 with Red Symons

Continuing with my tradition of discovering new and interesting bugling experiences, Remembrance Day 2016 turned it up and gave me another memorable one; an interview and performance with Red Symons on Melbourne’s 774 ABC Radio.

The RSL called the afternoon before to see if I was happy to be interviewed by Red in my capacity as a bugle player and after a quick chat with his producer, I was locked in for 7:20am the next day. As a regular listener of Red’s program, my immediate anxiety was not because I would be playing Last Post on air, but rather I’d be speaking with a man I had grown up idolising for his music career, both in Skyhooks and on Hey Hey It’s Saturday, a live variety TV show I used to watch as a kid.

Arriving at the studios I was amazed at how small his team is! The show is run by a producer, assistant producer and an intern while Red is on air. There is obviously a considerable amount of work put in outside the broadcast (presumably by more staff at the ABC), but I was very impressed by how small and incredibly polished the on-air team is.

The interview and performance went very well – nearly seven minutes of air-time was over in a flash and I wasn’t actually aware of the RSL’s plan to positioning buglers around the city; you’ll hear Red ask me if he needed to read the “piece of paper”. Having prepared a short bio the night before, Red also picked up on our band, Funk Buddies, which was a great little bonus.

I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated the chance to meet Red and perform Last Post. I received some lovely feedback from various places, including the ABC’s facebook video and look forward to the interesting experiences I might have in 2017.

Last Post and Rouse at the Shrine

I had another wonderful opportunity to play the Last Post and Reveille (Rouse) bugle calls at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne.

This amazing building is a magnificent tribute to Australia’s serving, returned and deceased military personnel and, as a civilian bugler, it’s rare that I have the chance to play there.

This performance was for the XLI Club, whose purpose is “…to bring together like-minded members of the community who embrace the efforts of all law enforcement, defence and emergency services, whilst making a positive contribution to the local community and selected charities.

I was able to record my performance:

I still have a number of ANZAC memorials in the lead-up to ANZAC Day, including the Toorak Heroes Club, Melbourne Central and an Essendon and Collingwood FC brunch on ANZAC Day itself.

Voicemail privacy issue. Is Apple to blame?

After tinkering with and trying to raise attention to a serious privacy issue in Telstra’s MessageBank Plus (their implementation of Apple’s Visual Voicemail), I’m now convinced that the issue lies within Apple’s service and not Telstra’s implementation of it.

At the end of the day my contract is with Telstra. They’re the custodians of my privacy here and with them remaining absolutely silent, I’ve had no-one else to point the finger at. But my repeated replication of the issue makes me seriously consider the fact that this cannot be limited to the Telstra network. Continue reading

An escalating little Telstra privacy breach

What voicemails have you received recently? A birthday message from a mate? Your mechanic letting you know your car’s ready? A doctor calling about your child’s test results? Your psychologist confirming an appointment? A lawyer to say your divorce papers are ready?

Now, who have you given or sold an old iPhone to? A family member? A colleague? A stranger? How would you feel if you discovered they had been listening to your messages?

If you’re up-to-date with my previous blog posts on this, feel free to jump ahead. If you’d like a walk down memory lane, please allow me to take you on a journey… Continue reading

An unresolved little Telstra privacy breach

Welcome back to the curious case of the voicemail on the formatted iPhone 5! If you’re new here, welcome. This is now the third installment in my adventures with Australia’s largest teleco [1], Telstra. My two previous posts are:

  1. A big little Telstra privacy breach, and
  2. A continuing little Telstra privacy breach

The TL;DR here is that I sold my iPhone 5 after formatting it and the new owner was receiving my visual voicemail. Telstra acknowledged the issue, but only after denying it was even possible and the media got involved [The Age, Friday Jan 22]. They then changed the security of my voicemail which prevented the iPhone from authenticating… It’s still trying as far as I know, but it’s failing. Continue reading

A continuing little Telstra privacy breach

There was movement at the station, for word had passed around that the media was picking up their pens…

This post follows on from yesterday’s revelation that the new recipient of a completely formatted iPhone is receiving my voicemail…

Today kicked off at full speed when I woke to a swathe of support and comments from my reddit post. There was the suggestion again that the IMEI of my old device was part of the problem, concern about the overarching privacy issues and someone suggesting that I contact Apple, which I didn’t believe was necessary. Apple definitely knows about the issue now though! But let’s take a step back… Continue reading

A big little Telstra privacy breach

Update @ 23:00 ADST – Jan 21

It’s been a pretty huge day! You can continue reading this adventure in my new post; A continuing little Telstra privacy breach.

Update @ 21:00 ADST – Jan 20

Boy has this been an exciting afternoon. The official word from Telstra is “shut up and wait”. After a lengthy chat session that was escalated part-way through, I’ve been told my only option is to disable Visual Voicemail, wait for a case manager to call (24-48 hours) and wait for the other device’s owner to go to a store. So much for “hey, we’ve totally destroyed your privacy, here’s how we’re bending over backwards to help you”.

Update @ 19:00 ADST – Jan 20

Telstra’s Visual Voicemail reset is complete and (as advised) all of my old messages have been deleted. I have since done the following:

  • I asked my wife to call my number and leave a voicemail.
  • I asked the owner of my old device to reboot their phone.
  • They sent a message after the reboot not only telling me the message arrived, but repeating its contents.

Meanwhile, the email Allen said he would send with his contact link has never arrived. Telstra have also tweeted to say:

…voicemail is linked to your SIM Card, not your device, did you ensure to remove the SIM?

My SIM is now in my iPhone 6S here with me and wasn’t sent with the phone. Back to 24×7 Chat we go.

Original post @ 16:00 ADST – Jan 20

In late 2015 I performed a factory-reset on an old Apple iPhone 5 and sold it. It’s the same process I’ve done a number of times in the past (yeah, I know, I’m a gadget junkie) and before handing it over I ensured there was absolutely nothing of mine left on the device and the SIM was removed. A few hours ago the new owner let me know that they’re receiving a copy of my (visual) voicemails on the device and repeated contents and sent a screenshot of the messages to confirm it. YIKES! Continue reading

Remembrance Day 2015

Today I had the absolute honour of reciting The Ode and performing Last Post and Rouse at The Glen Shopping Centre in Glen Waverley. It was a pleasure being involved and it’s great to see more businesses organising ANZAC and Remembrance Day memorials.

Centre staff recorded the following video which was then posted to facebook.

If you or your business are interesting in holding memorials like this in the future, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line. I can help suggest a format or put you in touch with people at the RSL who can assist you further.

Song Exploder: a behind the scenes look at music

I have recently been engrossed by Song Exploder, a podcast in which musicians/composers deconstruct one of their pieces. As a musician I am drawn to the show by many aspects; the usually hidden view of an artist’s influences and methods, the inspiration of hearing a professional musician talk so passionately about their work and my love of TV and film scores, which have now appeared in a number of episodes. Read on to listen to some of my favourite episodes. Continue reading