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Updated: 24 September 2001

New Membership Reward Plan!

Chebucto is pleased to announce a new Membership Reward Plan open to all current Chebucto members. Full Details here.

For each new Sustaining or Family Sustaining member who tells us they were referred to us by you, we'll give you a $20 credit good towards your next Sustaining or Family Sustaining membership. "Word of mouth" advertising can now get you free internet: five referrals are good for a free Sustaining membership, including a year of our famous Chebucto Plus full graphical access.

Chebucto to appear at Word on the Street

Chebucto will have a booth at this year's Word on the Street literacy festival, held indoors at Pier 20 next Sunday, September 30th. Details here

This marks Chebucto's fourth year attending the event, which has been moved indoors to Pier 20, behind the Westin Hotel, after last year's torrential rains forced an early closure. Two of the three previous years' festivals were rained out. Chebucto made a splash at the festival two years ago, with our 5th birthday celebration.

Chebucto Board Turnover

Technical Committee Chair Ed Dyer has accepted the Board nomination for the position of Vice Chair of the Chebucto Community Net Society, joining the four member Executive Committee. Ed has been a long term volunteer at Chebucto and was elected to the Board at the last Chebucto Annual General Meeting, April 24, 2001.

Director Viola Winstanley has resigned from the Chebucto Board, just over a year into her two year term. Her resignation is the second since the most recent Annual General Meeting. Chebucto Vice Chair James Carroll resigned earlier this year when his job moved to Ottawa.

The Chebucto Board has appointed a new Director, Bill Matheson, to complete James' term in office, which would have expired at the next AGM. Bill is a long time Chebucto IP editor and member. The Board is still considering candidates for the second vacancy.

Chebucto Users tops in *.NS.CA SETI processing

SETI, the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence, has been processing their radio telescope data with home users' computers for years now. Using an innovative screensaver which runs whenever the user computer is not in use, SETI has had 740,000 years of high quality computer processor time donated to it.

Of all the computer domains ending in the letters NS.CA, denoting Nova Scotia, now ranks number one, beating out both the government of Nova Scotia and the vast resources of EdNet, the schools network. Current stats here. Chebucto users have sent in more than 8300 results, representing more than 20 years of CPU time that would otherwise have been wasted.

Chebucto User and Neighbourhood Account
Agreements updated

Due to the recent spate of internet viruses and similar mischief, the Chebucto Community Net User Agreement and Neighbourhood Account agreements have been modified to help give Chebucto administrators additional options for dealing with problems.

The previous Clause 2 has been modified to include the restriction of account services and privileges in the event of untoward account activity and a new Clause 8 has been added to explicitly allow virus and spam filtering of mail and data. The new Chebucto User Agreement can be found here and the new Neighbourhood Account Agreement can be found here. The new Agreements are in effect now for all users.

Virus filtering successful

Mail filters designed to trap the W32/SirCam and Hybris worms have proven to be effective. The filters, which check for particular patterns within the virus structure, trapped more than 1000 virus-laden emails within their first 48 hours of operation. While there are no current plans to add more viruses to the filter, the filter design allows for it. Chebucto's filtering of these particular viruses should not be considered a substitute for users protecting themselves with good anti-virus software kept up-to-date with current virus patterns.

Email viruses hit Chebucto users

Email viruses continue to cause trouble for Chebucto text and Chebucto Plus users.

Windows 2000 and Windows NT users are vulnerable to the Code Red and Code Red II worms. There is a software patch that protects these users from these worms and instructions for applying the software patch here:

As mentioned in the news item above, Chebucto now filters for the W32/ SirCam and Hybris worms. There have been some reports of user infection with other viruses, notably the Magistr worm.

The Chebucto Community Net strongly recommends that all Chebucto Plus users have anti-virus software and that they keep their virus definitions updated frequently, no less than once a month.

An excellent source of information is Chebucto UserHelp Team Leader Norman De Forest's Anti-Virus page, which includes links to more information and help in fixing an infected computer:

Outlook user email advisory

After the recent wave of viruses specifically targetting users of 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.

Windows Users can find a selection of email programs available for download here and Macintosh users can find a selection of email programs here.

New Chebucto By-Laws now in effect

The new Chebucto Community Net Society By-Laws approved by Special Resolution at this year's AGM have been approved by the Provincial government and are now in effect. The new By-Laws can be found here and through the Chebucto text service by using the g)o bylaws shortcut (when in Lynx, type gbylaws then hit Enter or Return).

Chebucto gets a new domain name!

Chebucto has acquired the new domain name This new name can be used for web page addresses on Chebucto as well as email addresses on Chebucto. The existing domain name will still work for both web page addresses and email addresses and there is no plan to discontinue it. Users are advised to only use to subscribe to mailing lists due to the configuration of outgoing mail from Chebucto.



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