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Hi digital freedom advocates,

Last month we had our annual elections for Free Software Melbourne ... and lookout Stallman, I've got my eye on your job now that I've conquered the top job at FSM, hahaha. Big thanks go out to our outgoing members Ben S. and Scott. It was a fantastic year and we'll be missing Scotts overflowing enthusiasm and Bens inspirational dedication.

I also wanted to make a list of software discussed at our show-and-tell session last month, so without further ado, in order of appearance:

Starting us off was our newly elected secretary Damien demonstrating an Ardour plugin he's written for boosting quieter sounds in an audio recording without making louder noises clip... "peak limiter" I think it was called, I couldn't find that exact plugin, but here's a link to Damians Zam-plugins instead

Our other new committee member, my new second in command if you will, Michael showed us how to (questionably) improve the quality of our sleep using RedShift (formerly Flux) and gave us all a live demo of it in action... sweet!

I presented PanDoc which was a bit of a cop out as I've been implicitly advertising it all year in the Gnews... never the less, I'll be using it again later tonight :)

Adam Bolte our very own System Saviour showed us how to savour the special moments we have with our systems and do screen capture like a boss with Shutter... I never knew you could be so specific, you can just capture a specific menu!

Alex discussed his woes with text editors, and the elixir that is the Atom text editor (which was covered in Aprils Gnews, yay)

He also espoused the virtues of Docker Proxy and advised us that he's contributed to a fork that effectively performes a man-in-the-middle attack on your docker containers so that it can transparently proxy ssl connections... nice

Les gave us a small social hack the US government uses to get around copyright issues (but you'll have to listen yourself to find out that one). He also discussed using git to host configuration files for EMACS and other programs, then cloning his environment onto a new system... handy! I'm still looking for a link to Les's personal configuration, but I'll update everyone when I find it :p

RHoK, Privacy and Free Software, 19th May

It is that time of the month again to meet up with all our fellow software freedom lovers.