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inaugural NSW Drone Expo at Shellharbour Airport

Wings Over Illawarra, in partnership with the AAUS, is organising the first of what will be an annual showcase of drone technology (and some amazing flying demonstrations!) at the inaugural NSW Drone Expo.

Shellharbour Airport on 27 and 28 November 2021

The NSW Drone Expo will showcase [RPA] manufacturers, retailers, flying schools and service providers along with professional advice from government regulators and industry experts including business users, commercial drone pilots, photographers and film crews to list but a few.

https://wingsoverillawarra.com.au/attractions/nsw-drone-expo/

There will be RPA’s of all types (ADF military drones, commercial, and recreational RPA’s) and the Australian Defence Force drone racing teams will be attending if you want to see some drone racing demonstrations.

Seeing our Campus

It is easy to forget how privileged we are, in terms of our campus environment. This segment on our campus was broadcast on Fri 1 Oct 2021, 8:00pm and shares some of the history and “behind the scenes” work that goes into the environment that we walk through every time we walk between buildings or take a break in one of the outdoor spaces.

Gardening Australia SERIES 32 | Episode 28 Nature Studies

Portal Spring Clean

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The SAL Portal has been restructured over the last few days, so menus and links may not be exactly where you have found them for the previous two years. You will notice that the menu structure has been simplified, and the three top-level menu links now take you to pages containing collections of links and sub-menus. Hopefully, this will make things a little easier if you are using a smaller screen!

The search box in the sidebar will only search this site, so it is a handy way of finding something if you have a keyword that is likely to appear on the page you are looking for.

You may also notice some new services are now available – if you have any questions about them, you know how to reach me 🌷

ceramic man sweeping dandelion seeds

Password Management 2021

We haven’t discussed password management on this blog since 2017, but the Verge Video shared in that post is still worth viewing if you are not sure why you need a password manager or what they do!

If you are looking for a password manager here in 2021 and do not know where to start, PC Mag released their summary of “The Best Password Managers for 2021” on April 2nd and “The Best Free Password Managers for 2021” on Feb 18th.

Passwords really do need to be longish and random.

You really do need to use a different password for every account you use.

Not being able to remember tens to hundreds of long and random passwords is completely normal.

Spend some time learning how to use a password manager – it’s a skill you will use almost every day for the rest of your life!

XKCD comic about password complexity vs password strength

Drone registration and operator accreditation – it’s the law

Mavic2 remotely piloted aircraft in the sky

If you fly a drone or remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) for business or as part of your job, it must now be registered and its operator accredited with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) before you fly – it’s the law.

Drone registration and operator accreditation applies to all drones flown for anything other than sport or recreation. This includes all professional activities such as research, training, community and government services, or any work undertaken on behalf of your employer.

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Virtual Drop-In Sessions

Pictures of screens videoconferencing

Starting with once a week in February, I will be available in the SAL Virtual Room at a regular time each week. These sessions are open in a number of ways and are part of making SAL COVID-safe.

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NSW Spatial Services Outage

NSW Spatial Services has advised that they are experiencing network connectivity issues that are affecting many of their services today. If you are trying to use their hosted aerial imagery or CORS services your work is likely to be impacted.

They are working on the problem and will advise their service contacts once the problem has been resolved. If you are being affected by this outage and need more information, contact SAL for the latest update on any SAL facilitated services.

Dell Computers and COVID-19

Dell has provided guidance on cleaning and disinfecting Dell-branded equipment, including the display screens that form the primary part of the COWs. Critical information from the guidance includes:

  • Turn off the computer and disconnect from power.
  • Only use a MICROFIBRE cloth. Any other material can cause damage to a screen.
  • Only wipe CAREFULLY in ONE DIRECTION.
  • Move from the top of the display to the bottom.
  • Allow the surface to completely air-dry before turning the device back on.

The recommended solution is a mixture of 70% isopropyl alcohol / 30% water.
Avoid using any of the following chemicals or products containing these chemicals as they will cause permanent damage to some product surfaces:

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Data Backups – What’s your strategy?

I was recently reminded of the 3-2-1 Backup rule – in theory, it sounds very straightforward!

  • 3 copies of your data
  • on at least 2 DIFFERENT media types
  • 1 of those being stored in a different physical location to the other two

If you have ever sat down and tried to work out WHAT you need to back up and how often, I am sure you have found that trying to DO regular data backups can get a little complicated. There are strategies and tools to help you, but getting started is always the hardest part.

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