SACon was a melting-pot of interesting ideas, framed around the discussion of software architecture as a profession. O’Reilly’s conferences are always polished, well, run and all that good stuff (disclaimer: as might be obvious, O’Reilly is my publisher), but the attendees and speakers are what makes any conference shine. This conference definitely shone.
All the sessions that I attended were excellent, but the highlights of the conference for me were definitely the following talks:
The ‘hallway track’ was also exceptional, and we had some fantastic conversations with attendees on topics ranging from the rise of the Rust programming language to the use of ECS in non-video games to the merits of the Swift programming language to designing video game engines, and beyond.
Tim and I really enjoyed our book signing, and found ourselves face-to-face with one of the biggest queues we’ve ever had for a book signing, and had some excellent conversations with developers, architects, and team leads who were excited to learn Swift from our book, or share it with their teams back home.
Our ECS talk went well! We had a packed room (which was also one of the most palatial conference halls we’ve ever spoken in!) and got 5-star reviews with great feedback.
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That should come as no surprise to anyone. But here’s how they’ve been evil to me this time. Can anyone help?
On 19 September 2018 I filed a AFCA (then FOS) complaint, outlining the following:
I can’t access my credit card in NetBank. It’s disappeared. CBA is confused. Statements have vanished and are not being provided. I can’t pay the card in NetBank, as NetBank claims the card doesn’t exist (and I can’t get statements to see how much I owe).
CBA arrears department keeps calling me at 8:15 every morning (7 calls so far) with no knowledge of my complaints.
Happy to pay, just can’t because of technical failings of CBAs.
No new card ever turned up, but instead my card disappeared from NetBank, I lost the ability to pay it, and CBA started harassing me.
I tried to be responsive to CBA, and called them regularly about this.
In response to the FOS/AFCA complaint, CBA has claimed to send a replacement card about ~4 times now. I’ve never received a replacement card.
I get emails from NetBank when a new statement is available (screenshots below), but I cannot get statements in NetBank (screenshots also below). CBA has emailed me a few statements, back in October, but never provided any since.
When no card turned up CBA, at my request, gave me BPAY credentials for the card. So I sent what I guessed was the outstanding amount to the BPAY credentials. It bounced back within 7 days. Charging me a dishonour fee. Wonderful.
Now, here we are, months and months later. I still have no credit card.
CBA referred me to a dispute resolution team member, Jonathan, who was utterly incompetent: he ignored me for weeks at a time, then came back with his final resolution… to close the card account… and not do anything else?
Recently, CBA has now listed missing payments for the credit card on my Equifax/Veda credit file/credit history. This makes it impossible, for example, for me to get a business loan, or get a replacement credit card from another bank. They have listed so much stuff on my credit file, my credit score has tanked to ~200.
In the last two weeks, CBA booted the incompetent Jonathan off my case and handed me to Tina and Elias, who seemed better at first, but then came back to me with a verbal offer:
they would pay me $1,000 for the inconvenience
they would waive the entire credit card debt (approximately $1,500)
they would close the credit card account (I told them I didn’t want to be a CBA customer anymore after this—this is true, we’ve started migrating Secret Lab to Bendigo Bank)
they would remove the stuff they put on my credit files
When the offer turned up in writing, they had changed the last element to be, instead, “If the Bank has caused an error to the Customer’s credit reporting due”. Calling them to confirm resulted in them telling me that they would not be fixing the credit reporting, as no error was caused. So I have to decline their offer.
Now I have no credit card (this is my only non-AMEX credit card), a ruined credit history (directly impacting my business), and zero access to get CBA to fix this.
Don’t use CBA. They are evil.
Oh and I’m still getting statement emails from them. Even though no statements are available!
A few weeks ago I attended, and spoke at, my 10th OSCON conference. I regularly say that OSCON is my favourite big conference, and every time I attend I’m reminded why I love it, and how much I love it: OSCON is a fun, relaxed, and very approachable place where companies and people involved in open source as contributors, consumers, and users, interface, work with, and have fun with each other. It’s unique in perspective, content, and value. And it’s super engaging everywhere from the lunch hall to the hallway to the sessions and in between. You should go, if you get the opportunity (O’Reilly runs a wonderful diversity and inclusion program, which make me able to help you make it along!)
This year was OSCONs 20-year celebration event! 🎉 If you have a Safari subscription, you can check out the videos from the event here. There’s also a collection of keynotes and interviews from the event on the O’Reilly Media YouTube channel.
On the Monday, Tim, Jon, and I presented a 3 hour session onOpen source game development with Godot. Godot is an amazingly polished, and entirely open source, game development engine; Godot is a project of the Software Freedom Conservancy, and is aggressively competitive against the big commercial engines, like Unity and Unreal. I largely led this tutorial, supported by Tim and Jon. We got great feedback from our attendees, and had a full house. I’ll post the material from the workshop in the coming week.
On Tuesday night, I stepped way, way out of my comfort zone and presented a 5 minute Ignite talk on The realities of weightloss. This talk was based on a seed of an idea that Mars had, which I’d taken and run with in a slightly different direction (with her permission). It seemed to resonate with the audience, and I got a lot of thanks, and hugs, from people afterwards. ❤️
The next day, Wednesday, saw us doing our traditional book signing (for the latest Learning Swift) in the O’Reilly Media booth of the expo. We had a huge line of people, and signed for about 45 minutes. It was great fun! The O’Reilly staff treat us like royalty, which always makes us feel very special.
On Thursday, in the second-last slot of OSCON 2018, Tim and I teamed up with Mars to deliver an entirely-live coded talk on Learning Swift with Playgrounds. Mars wrote all the examples, designed the flow, and really got thrown in the deep end—and she totally nailed it! Tim provided an excellent narration of proceedings, as Mars live-coded her way through the demos (with Xcode crashing, as is custom!) We got many fabulous reviews, with the talk getting a 4.9/5 ⭐️ average. We were thrilled. You can find some notes here, and the fabulous Playground that Mars wrote here on GitHub.
Our friends, VM, Josh, and Paul, also delivered well-received, and awesome talks.
We really love working O’Reilly, particularly our amazing editor, Rachel Roumeliotis, who has risen the ranks of the company while we’ve been working with her (absolutely no connection to us working with her!) and is now a VP of Content Strategy.