I guess the reason Jobtorrent is just sitting there not being used –
even though it works – is that it needs a bit more explaining. It’s
very different from Job Feedr, even different from Odesk or even
Mechanical Turk (although that gets pretty close).

The thing that frustrated me about Odesk is that even if you apply for
a 5 hour job, there’s 20 other applications and you need to wait ages
to get a response from the ’employer’ and potentially even going
through an interview where you need to show off your previous work,
etc, etc.

The idea of Jobtorrent is that in stead of applying for a
job, you just execute the job and collect a reward afterwards. If you
are the first to build a particular piece of software, or fix a bug,
or finish some date entry, you get paid.

From the other side of the fence, if you are developing or dependent
on open source software, and you need to get a bug out of the way that
is too small to properly outsource but too annoying / expensive to fix
internally, you simply post the link on Jobtorrent, wait for the first
person to fix it and give them their money in one click.

I was actually writing this as an email to Mick Liubinskas from Pollenizer when I thought “Mmm, maybe I should turn this email into a blog post…”


How to survice being outsourced

Steve Sammartino – author of Start Up Blog – just listed ten reasons for outsourcing digital work and why it’s ethical. My personal ethics were easily satisfied with reason 9:

The outsourced work is not dangerous – we are not sending kids down a mine or employing child labour.

So I don’t see any ethical problem, but I do believe that outsourcing is going to be a massive problem for Australian software developers.

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Melbourne -> Utrecht

Plane from Melbourne to Adelaide, train from to Perth, then plane to Singapore, train to Kuala Lumpur...

All good things come to an end and worse still: you sometimes need to plan that end. I figured I might as well make that end as interesting as possible, so here we go!


Proposed adjustment to carrier fee structure

I would love to share my Internet connection with my neighbors as a way to reduce cost and increase speed and I’m pretty sure a lot of companies would love to do the same thing. Nowadays everyone with a wireless router and an ADSL modem can share and even sell their bandwidth. Except for a little pesky inconvenience: a hopelessly outdated Australian telecommunication law.