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Zermatt, Matterhorn and Gornergrat

The DebConf13 registration deadline for developers requesting sponsorship has been extended up to Sunday, so for those still undecided or anybody else thinking about a visit to .ch, I'm sharing some more pictures today.

Debian to rescue Skype users?

Last year at DebConf12 and the Paris mini-DebConf I mentioned some of the sophisticated techniques that the likes of Microsoft and Facebook are using to monitor their customers.

So when Skype was busted spying on the content of chat messages, it was no surprise for many people in the Debian community.

Get WebRTC going fast

A question that comes up more and more these days: what's the quickest way to try WebRTC and see it working? How can a web developer start experimenting with WebRTC in their blog or demo site?

Good news: it's no longer necessary to compile anything from source - and many of the components are available on Debian-based systems (including Ubuntu) or RPM-based solutions like Fedora

A quick look at how easy it is, explanation below:

Switzerland Schilthorn with 007 (video - final leg)

Following up on the second and third legs of the cable car journey, we now have the final leg, rising up to the summit of the Schilthorn:

Switzerland Schilthorn with 007 (video - leg 3)

Friday's video of the 2nd leg of the cable car journey was quite popular, Ganglia stats for the video server can't be wrong:

Switzerland Schilthorn with 007 (video - leg 2)

What has DebConf13 got in common with James Bond? The connection with Switzerland of course. Bond creator Ian Flemming actually spent time living in Switzerland and this beautiful alpine country was featured in more than one of his books/movies, including Goldfinger

Switzerland Rigi-Bahn scenic mountain railway, Swiss rail travel (video)

With DebConf13 registrations opening very soon, it's about time to share some more about Swiss travel.

Switzerland Glacier Express (video)

With many people coming to visit this year, both for DebConf13 and holidays, I'm going to start sharing some Swiss travel tips here in the blog.

One of Switzerland's most popular tourist promotions is the Glacier Express railway. Here are the facts and a cool video.

Avoid tickets/itineraries with fixed dates for visiting the mountains.

The full Glacier Express journey is about 6 hours, and if it is cloudy or foggy, it is 6 hours in a train just like any other train.

DruCall 1.1.0 released

DruCall 1.1.0 for Drupal has just been released.

The main improvement over 1.0.0 is that it now permits the TURN servers to be configured instead of using hard-coded STUN server addresses. TURN servers (such as reTurn from reSIProcate or TurnServer.org) provide the ability to relay media streams on a public IP to ensure guaranteed NAT traversal. Support for ICE/STUN/TURN is a mandatory part of the WebRTC specification.

Enabling spam-free comments on this blog (Updated)

I'd like to enable commenting on this blog, but I've seen blogs flooded with spam in the past.

Due to my work and other commitments, I can't monitor the blog constantly to filter out spam.

Can anybody suggest a viable solution? Should I ask people to register by SMS, like getting a Facebook account? Should I try the Mollom network-based service discussed in the Drupal site? Will Captchas cause more frustration than adding value?

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