No Internet yet. It turns out that my actual, postal address is different from my glass-and-copper Telstra address. What larks!

I'll be in Dunedin next week, making merry with the Canonical crew. It's a little known fact that Robbie Burns, author of Auld Lang Syne, was sent to New Zealand as its one and only convict.

After that, I'll be off to Palmerston North, "suicide capital". John Cleese, famous for his roles as Q in Die Another Day, has declared the town to be so "thoroughly miserable" that it can tip the scales for those iffy about offing themselves.

Rest assured, gentle reader, that my straits are not so dire. I'll be deep-sea hacking with another kiwi colleague.

When I return, I still won't have an Internet connection.