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Updated: 5 May 2003

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56 K service upgrade successful!

[Photo: Ascend upgrade in progress]

The Chebucto Plus 56 K dialup service software upgrade has been successfully installed this morning. The software upgrade is expected to increase the efficiency of the service. Technical Committee Chair Ed Dyer oversaw the new software installation, which took about twenty minutes and went flawlessly. The upgrade was originally planned for last Thursday but had been cancelled.

Webmail login bug

Some users are experiencing login problems with the Chebucto Webmail service. A recent change in how the webmail service is accessed meant that the web page code on the Chebucto Community Net and Chebucto Plus home pages was changed. Some users are still using older copies of these pages cached by their web browser software. Users can get fresh copies of these web pages, and by holding down the SHIFT key and hitting Refresh or Reload in their web browser.

AGM News

[Photo: Ed Dyer showing wifi card] The 9th Annual General Meeting of the Chebucto Community Net Society held April 10, 2003 at the North Branch Library went very well, with about thirty members in attendance. The opening presentation delivered by Andrew Wright highlighted the many technical advances Chebucto has made over the past year and the ongoing challenges of running a community net. This theme was touched upon again in Chebucto Chair Marilyn MacDonald's report, available here.

Treasurer Bernard Hart reported that Chebucto is in good financial shape, Internal Committee Chair Mark Alberstat reported on the revitalization of his committee and Policy Committee Chair Andrew Wright reported that spam email using forged headers pointing to innocent third partys' email addresses was the biggest abuse issue Chebucto faced in 2002. Board member Christopher Watt's excellent home-made cookies and squares were well received by the membership.

[Photo: Chair Marilyn MacDonald with Certificate of Appreciation] Technical Committee Chair Edward Dyer reported on the many technical advances made in 2002 and how Chebucto is looking to make even more, demonstrating wireless internet technology at the meeting. Chebucto is actively investigating possible uses for this new high speed technology. In recognition for all the work done by the Technical Committee this year, Chair Marilyn MacDonald presented them with Certificates of Appreciation. She was surprised by receiving a Certificate of Appreciation herself from Board member John McKay.

Six Board members offered for re-election this year: Edward Dyer, Bill Matheson, John McKay, Jeff Warnica, Christopher Watt and Andrew Wright. They were elected by acclamation. The Chebucto Board of Directors has been joined by local community activist and newspaper columnist Joan Jones, who is completing the second year of recently resigned Board member Mark Rushton's two year term.

New Webmail features keep you on track

[Webmail tool bar]

Chebucto's IMP Webmail service has been upgraded and now includes several very useful new functions. Chebucto users can now not only access their email from any web browser in the world, but keep an easy-to-use online Appointment Calendar as well. For quick reminders to yourself there is a new Memo feature that will record and organize your notes. The new Tasks feature lets you record and organize a tasklist for yourself. You can set deadlines, prioritize tasks and keep a record of when they are completed. Users can reset their mailbox password from the Webmail now and keep their notes secure from other people by logging out. All these features are in the top toolbar of the Webmail, which can be accessed from Chebucto's home page, or on the Chebucto Plus home page,

Chebucto Newspaper Column Give-aways!

[Photo: New Chebucto Mousepad] Chebucto's Mousepad newspaper column, written by Chebucto Internal Committee Chair Mark Alberstat with occasional help from some fellow Chebucto volunteers, is being well received and a second free mousepad for a column idea has been sent out. The column is published every second week in the Sunday Chronicle Herald. The Mousepad focuses on computers and internet technologies and how they can be used by people for an almost infinite variety of purposes. People can write in questions to the column and if they are used they will get a cool new Chebucto Community Net mousepad. Email questions to the Mousepad at

Chebucto mousepads may be purchased from the Chebucto Office for $10 each or mailed out for $15 each. Contact to order.

New mailing list management tool MajorCool!

Neighbourhood account holders and others running mailing lists on Chebucto will be excited to hear that there is now an easy-to-use graphical access mailing list management tool. List-owners can check out our new MajorCool graphical interface to majordomo. The point and click interface makes managing a Chebucto mailing list child's play and includes help documentation.

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: Fake Windows updates

We wish to advise our users to beware of email messages claiming to be from Microsoft containing supposed Windows Updates. These messages are fake and the included web address or program is a virus. Microsoft does not email users about 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 authentic 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 1,442,000 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 20,000 results, representing more than 41 years of CPU time that would otherwise have been wasted.

SETI is about to enter a new phase, targetting the top 200 candidate signals for direct observation using the full resources of the world's largest radio telescope at Arecibo, Puerto Rico.

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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