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A mission statement for free real-time communications

At FOSDEM 2013, the RTC panel in the main track used the tag line "Can we finally replace Skype, Viber, Twitter and Facebook?"

Enterprise-grade SIP coming to Telepathy

I've just announced the reSIProcate connection manager for the Telepathy framework on the Linux desktop.

As the announcement states, it is still a proof-of-concept. It was put together very rapidly just to see how well the reSIProcate project and its build system interacts with TelepathyQt, the Qt framework and DBus.

RTC Quick Start becoming a book, now in beta

The Real-Time Communications (RTC) Quick Start Guide started off as a web site but has recently undergone bookification.

As of today, I'm calling this a beta release, although RTC is a moving target and even when a 1.0 release is confirmed, the book will continue to evolve.

An important aspect of this work is that the book needs to be freely and conveniently available to maximize participation in Free RTC. (This leads to the question of which free license should I choose?)

Want to be selected for Google Summer of Code 2016?

I've mentored a number of students in 2013, 2014 and 2015 for Debian and Ganglia and most of the companies I've worked with have run internships and graduate programs from time to time. GSoC 2015 has just finished and with all the excitement, many students are already asking what they can do to prepare and be selected for Outreachy or GSoC in 2016.

The only way to ensure the VW scandal never happens again

The automotive industry has been in the spotlight after a massive scandal at Volkswagen, using code hidden in the engine management software to cheat emissions tests.

Skype outage? reSIProcate to the rescue!

On Friday, the reSIProcate community released the latest beta of reSIProcate 1.10.0. One of the key features of the 1.10.x release series is support for presence (buddy/status lists) over SIP, the very thing that is currently out of action in Skype.

Recording live events like a pro (part 2: video)

In the first blog in this series, we looked at how to capture audio effectively for a range of different events. While recording audio appears less complicated than video, it remains fundamental to a good recording. For some types of event, like a speech or a debate, you can have quite a bad video with poor lighting and other defects but people will still be able to watch it if the audio is good. Therefore, if you haven't already looked at the previous blog, please do so now.

UK wakes up to airport tax and data grab

The UK has just woken up to the fact that retailers at airports have been playing the VAT system.

The focus of the media coverage has been on the VAT money, failing to give much emphasis to the fact this is also a sophisticated and coordinated attack on personal privacy.

Going 4K

I recently started using a 4K monitor. I've generally had a positive experience and thought I would share some comments about it.

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.

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