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Updated: 14 January 2003

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56 K service is finally here!

Chebucto Plus 56 K logo The new Chebucto Plus 56 K dialup service is now operational and has been taking logins since 9:00 am this morning. With this upgrade in the speed of our Chebucto Plus graphical access service, Chebucto now offers the fastest dialup speed possible to our members over all new digital phone lines and equipment.

Chebucto Community Net has been offering graphical access dialup service since November 1998 and text-based access since June 1994.

An announcement to Chebucto Plus users was sent out Friday, January 10th. Most Chebucto Plus users will not need to change any settings to use the new service. Windows 3.1 and 3.11 Chebucto Plus users and some Macintosh users will need to make some minor dialer setting changes. User support will be available through the Chebucto office.

Praise for Chebucto from Saskatchewan

In the latest edition of the Regina Saskatchewan based Great Plains Free Net Commons is the following quote:
Canada's premier Free Net is the Chebucto Community Net of Halifax, Nova Scotia. This dynamic organization is the model of what an organization can do to bring online access to its community. Their software and technical development is the benchmark for all Free Nets! Take a look!
We would like to respond that we are honored by such kind words and recommend the Great Plains Free Net to anyone needing Regina-based community net services. Community Nets, or Free Nets as we are sometimes called, play an important role in the development of internet skills in a community and provide an online home for groups and individuals who may not otherwise be able to have one, among many other things.

Chebucto now accepts four credit cards

Chebucto can now accept payment by holders of Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards. Previous to this, only Visa cards could be accepted and processed. A recent switch in credit card processing services has proven far more versatile and Chebucto is paying a substantially lower processing fee than before.

Alert: More Windows updates

Chebucto advises all users of the Windows Operating System to keep updated with the latest security updates from Microsoft. There are major security holes in the Microsoft Windows Operating System, Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser and Microsoft's Outlook Express email program which can be fixed with software patches from Microsoft's Windows Update site.

Unpatched versions of these Microsoft products are vulnerable to many viruses, worms, trojan programs and exploits where hostile users can get access to your computer and files. Users are advised to keep current with Service Packs and Critical Updates for Microsoft products.

Chebucto Users still 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 more than 1,289,000 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 17,400 results, representing more than 37 years of CPU time that would otherwise have been wasted.

Outlook user email advisory

After the continuing 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.



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