Updated: 24 March
Big mailboxes here at last!
After tonight Chebucto users will have access to a mail system second to
none for its features, security and versatility. User mailboxes are about
to vastly increase in size and speed of access as mail functions move from
Chebucto's main server to a separate more powerful new server.
members and organizations with Neighbourhood Accounts will see their
mailboxes grow in size from 4 MB to 1 GB (1,024 MB). Supporting members
will see their mailboxes go from 2 MB to 512 MB. Full memberships will
get 150 MB mailboxes, up from 1.5 MB while Assisted members and free
accounts will each get 50 MB mailboxes.
In addition, saved mail folders will now reside in the much larger mailbox
space so users will see more available disk space in their accounts freed
up from the shifting of the mail folders to the new machine.
On the new mail system messages older than 30 days in your JUNKMAIL and
Trash folders will be automatically deleted. Changes to the spam filtering
mean that everyone with spam filtering ON will have a JUNKMAIL folder they
can check for messages that may have been tagged as spam in error as well
as a choice to turn our spam filtering OFF.
The changeover will take several hours starting around midnight as mail is
transferred over from one server to another.
With these changes Chebucto Community Net mail offers secure encrypted
email access, no advertising or data mining of your email, large mail
folders with spam filtering, virus filtering and phishing (scam email)
protection on all incoming email as well as being securely physically
hosted right here in Halifax, Nova Scotia under Canadian privacy laws.
Email can be accessed securely from anywhere in the world through our Webmail service, through IMAP
and POP3 with both TLS and SSL encryption available, and through our text
service using telnet and secure encrypted SSH2.
Annual General Meeting announced!
In a letter
to members, Chebucto Community Net Chair Bernie Hart announced the Annual
General Meeting of the Chebucto Community Net Society will be held April
12, 2007 at 7 PM in Room 1020 in the Kenneth Rowe Management Building,
6100 University Avenue. See records of past AGMs
Participation from our members in the running of the Chebucto Community
Net is absolutely critical to Chebucto's continuing existence. Remember,
this is your community net. We're not some faceless company,
Please come to the AGM.
Chebucto wifi development ongoing
With the headaches of developing and moving user mailboxes to a
completely new system almost done with and the problems of coping with the
vast increase in the amount of incoming junk mail under control, time will
become available again to continue setup and development of Chebucto's
high speed wireless internet access.
Chebucto staff members and the Chebucto Board are eager to get the
first area chosen for wireless access online.
The Chebucto Community Net plans to bring non-profit high-speed Internet
to the metro Halifax area by building a mesh network of wireless
nodes hosted by users themselves.
Currently in active development,
Chebucto's plan would offer free public access to local metro and
government websites and full Internet access to Chebucto Plus level
memberships, currently $100 per year for individuals.
The areas to be served by the new wireless access will be determined by
the residents of metro themselves.
Chebucto is looking for residents able to host wireless nodes, the
cornerstone of the network, and when we get enough nodes in a
neighbourhood, we can look at bringing network access where it is needed.
A node sign-up form is online
Chebucto's project was the cover
story of The Coast's August 3, 2006 issue. It was
first announced to members at the Annual General Meeting this past
Help promote Chebucto!
We invite our members and supporters to
help promote the Chebucto Community Net in the community by printing
off and distributing Chebucto brochures and posters from our website.
We have added a new brochure for promoting our new wireless service in
Chebucto services maintenance window
The Chebucto Technical Committee wishes to advise Chebucto users of
upcoming regularly scheduled planned maintenance downtimes. Chebucto
Community Net services may be unavailable between 3:30 AM and
4:30 AM Tuesdays to allow for system upgrades. Some or all Chebucto
services may go down with minimum or no warning during this maintenance
window as systems are shut down and restarted.
Chebucto Community Net RSS how-to guide
Chebucto Community Net has posted a guide on how to use our RSS
news feed here:
Our RSS feed is our way of letting people know fast about important
software updates and security alerts as well as new developments at
Chebucto. Stay informed with the news as soon as we have it ourselves with
our RSS news feed.
Updated - Recommended software list
With the recent interest in Internet security and the rise in various
exploits meant to take over user machines, the Chebucto Office has
compiled this list of recommended software for user computers running
Web browser: Mozilla Firefox free from Mozilla.org
Upgraded to version 126.96.36.199.
Email client: Mozilla Thunderbird free from Mozilla.org
Upgraded to version 188.8.131.52.
free and paid versions from Lavasoft.de
A-Squared free and paid versions from
Spybot: Search & Destroy free from Safer-networking.org
Firewall: Zone Alarm free and paid versions from Zonelabs.com
Free anti-virus programs for home users (Note that both of these
programs also have paid versions which offer additional features):
FTP Software: FileZilla free from FileZilla.SourceForge.net
RSS Newsfeed Reader: RSSOwl free from
SSH Client: Putty free from
The Chebucto Office does not recommend using the Internet Explorer web
browser for any use except for accessing Microsoft's own Windows Update page. The
popular web browser has been repeatedly successfully targetted by virus
writers in particular seeking to break into home computers to use them for
criminal purposes such as sending out spam, sending out viruses to break
into other computers and being used to disrupt services on other computer
After many reports
about vulnerabilities for Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express email
programs, and the constant stream of user complaints about randomly
altered program settings and difficulty using the program, the Chebucto
Community Net Office and the Chebucto Technical Committee recommend our
users do not use either Outlook or Outlook Express as their email program.
Keeping Microsoft Windows up to date is also very important. Windows XP
users should have Service Pack 2 installed. All Microsoft Windows users
should make a point of using Internet Explorer to visit the Microsoft
Windows Update site
at least once a month and download all critical updates.
Cool Chebucto hats available!
We have available these excellent quality Chebucto
Community Net hats. Click on photo to see larger version. These
fashionable stone coloured washed cotton Chino twill hats are low fitting
with adjustable strap and antique silver ring buckle for a perfect fit
and are embroidered with the Chebucto Community Net logo and web address.
Machine washable and drip dry with a pre curved peak, this hat will
provide years of comfortable wear as well as showing your support for
Halifax's own one-of-a-kind independent Community Net.
You can get your very own Chebucto Community Net hat from the
Chebucto office for
$20 or we can mail it out to you for an additional $10.
Go to the Beacon
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