Technical Committee Report
The Techteam serves the Chebucto Community Network by managing all
of our servers, doing technical planning and implementation for new
services and providing ongoing maintenance for the servers and
Last year we talked about fighting spam at the annual meeting, and
after getting positive feedback from the members present, we
arranged for a new server to process our incoming mail. After much
deliberation by the team on the technical details, the
implementation was handled by team member Chris Watt through KPC
Ltée, a local computer company. A combination of anti-spam and
anti-virus software on a Pentium 3 server was built. Of course
considerable fine tuning has been required, as well as software
updates, but we are currently tagging (and optionally deleting)
thousands of spam messages and viruses per day. One measure that
we are close to the right level of strictness in our filtering
settings is that we are getting few complaints about the filtering,
but what we get is a balance of complaints about spams getting
through, and messages that are falsely tagged. This will be an
ongoing project, as the spammers are tryng harder!
Of course the other big item in 2002 was the implementation of 56K
dialup service for Chebucto Plus. After the initial glitches, most
of our members were able to connect without difficulty, and get
reliable faster service than they had experienced before. We
continued to work with the rest, and almost all have been able to
connect to the new modems. Many have had to obtain better modems
for their computers, or update modem driver software, or have the
quality of their phone line improved in order to benefit from our
new modem server. In some cases adjustments to their dialup
settings was needed. Special thanks to Andrew Wright for working
with all the members who have been having these difficulties.
Please spread the word - we do have capacity to handle more users!
Of course we could not forget the contribution of Johnathan
Thibodeau as our Staff System Administrator, and the many projects
that he has worked on for us. And thanks are due also to Jeff
Warnica, Michael Smith, Jason Kenney and others for their
contributions in improving Chebucto and keeping us out of trouble.
Some of the visible projects include the updated Webmail, the MajorCool
mailing list administrator tool, Database services for
websites, new search engine, and our new Webhosting server.
I want to also mention Norman DeForest and the Helpdesk team for
continuing their fine contribution to our Community.
Chair, Technical Committee
Chebucto Community Net