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Free Real-time Communications (RTC) at DebConf15, Heidelberg

The DebConf team have just published the first list of events scheduled for DebConf15 in Heidelberg, Germany, from 15 - 22 August 2015.

There are two specific events related to free real-time communications and a wide range of other events related to more general topics of encryption and privacy.

Unpaid work training Google's spam filters

This week, there has been increased discussion about the pain of spam filtering by large companies, especially Google.

Recording live events like a pro (part 1: audio)

Whether it is a technical talk at a conference, a political rally or a budget-conscious wedding, many people now have most of the technology they need to record it and post-process the recording themselves.

For most events, audio is an essential part of the recording. There are exceptions: if you take many short clips from a wedding and mix them together you could leave out the audio and just dub the couple's favourite song over it all. For a video of a conference presentation, though, the the speaker's voice is essential.

Debian Jessie release, 100 year ANZAC anniversary

The date scheduled for the jessie release, 25 April 2015, is also ANZAC day and the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. ANZAC day is a public holiday in Australia, New Zealand and a few other places, with ceremonies remembering the sacrifices made by the armed services in all the wars.


The final part of our latest Australia trip took us to the Dandenong Ranges. To borrow a term from the Germans and Swiss, Mount Dandenong could be considered Melbourne's Hausberg or local mountain.

Australian wildlife

Here are some of the animals we have seen so far during our trip to Australia.


Some kookaburras flying into the trees around a friend's beach house at Kennett River on the Great Ocean Road.

Wodonga, Rutherglen, Echuca and Bendigo

The next stop on our Australia trip was Wodonga, for a quick lunch and then we proceeded onwards to the wine producing region around Rutherglen.

First stop was at Morris Wines where we were able to sample some of their products.

Canberra and Gundagai

After Sydney, the next part of our Australia visit takes us closer to Victoria along the Hume Highway.

First stop was Canberra, taking in the whole city at once from the Mount Ainslie lookout.

Sydney visit

Visiting Australia again. We arrived in Sydney this time, checked in to the apartment we had rented and then took the ferry from Circular Quay to Manly.