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Updated: 29 May 2000

Record Chebucto Account Renewals

Account renewals at Chebucto are hitting record highs. 82% of 1999 Chebucto users from this period last year have renewed their accounts, a substantial increase from 67% the year before, itself a record renewal rate. User satisfaction and Chebucto's continuing support for older computer systems are seen as important contributing factors to this success.

New account signups are down 7% from the same period last year however. The local introduction of so-called "free" internet services is considered to be a significant factor in this decline.

Chebucto Service Disruption Passed

The planned service interruption to Chebucto due to Dalhousie Facilities Management's repairs to the electrical system passed with little trouble. A rented gas generator supplied enough power for core functionality to Chebucto (web page access and some basic functions), but was unable to power modems for dialing in. Service was fully restored by early Saturday morning.

Chebucto makes appearance at Key Into Work Expo

Chebucto had a booth in this year's Key Into Work Expo, held May 5 and 6 at the Dartmouth Sportsplex. The Expo, designed to promote employment information focussing on the new Information Economy of the Twenty First century, featured more than fifty exhibitors ranging from InfoInteractive to Coast Publishing.

Visitors to the Chebucto booth were able to pick up the new Information for Members booklet, talk to Chebucto Board members and other interested volunteers, and ask questions about us.

New Chebucto Plus installation CD-ROM available

The Chebucto Technical Committee, with the help of Computer Science Co-op student Tracy Harnish, has developed an installation CD for setting up the Chebucto Plus graphical access service on users' computers.

The long-awaited CD will work with Windows 95 and 98, Macintosh, and Windows 3.1 and 3.11. The Chebucto Plus service is available to Sustaining members of the Chebucto Community Net. The CD is currently free to new Sustaining and Premium Neighbourhood Account members who may pick it up from the Chebucto Office, but there is a $10 charge to mail it out. Due to limited availability, this CD is only available to new Plus accounts.

Chebucto AGM News

The Annual General meeting of the Chebucto Community Net Society was held Tuesday, April 25 2000 at the Theatre Auditorium in the new Computer Science Building on the Dalhousie Campus. Mark Rushton opened the meeting with a presentation about his experiences in Cuba, "Community Networking in Cuba: Connecting with CSuite". Committee Chairs gave their reports (soon to be available on the Chebucto website) and six new Board members were elected by acclamation to fill the six vacant posts. Congratulations to Sylvana Buttigieg, Kelly Marney, Grace Paterson, Michael Nicholson, Mark Rushton, and Viola Winstanley.

Technical Committee Chair David Murdoch presented awards to four Chebucto volunteers: CCN-Tech volunteers Ed Dyer, David Potter and Michael Smith and CCN Userhelp volunteer Norman De Forest. Outgoing Chebucto Chair Michael Colborne closed the meeting answering user questions.

New Group Account Categories

The Chebucto Community Net is pleased to announce new account categories for both non-profit groups and for-profit small businesses. The new Neighbourhood Accounts were designed to make getting online with Chebucto easier and more streamlined. Information on Non-Profit Neighbourhood Accounts is here and information on For-Profit Neighbourhood Accounts is here.

Chebucto website update begins

The long-awaited update to the Chebucto Community Net website has started. Based on a template developed by Dalhousie University Library Science students and modified by NetCorps interns working under the supervision of Chebucto office staff, the new template attempts to make navigation on the Chebucto website easier. While designed with graphic browsers in mind, the web pages are accessible with the Lynx text browser.

New features are a standard navigation bar across the top of all pages (which you will have seen on this page) and a description of where on the Chebucto website you are, with links to the levels above you. The Chebucto website will gradually be revised to conform to the new format.



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