Updated: 30 April
Good crowd for Chebucto AGM!
About fifty people came out for the Chebucto Community Net Society's 13th
Meeting. Reports from the Chair and the Board indicated that 2007 will
likely be a make-or-break year for the Chebucto Community Net. Declining
revenue and membership numbers are hurting but even with fewer resources,
Chebucto services are improving in quality and development of new
A great deal of hope is pinned on the development of Chebucto's Wifi
service generating public interest in our community-run non-profit
Chebucto Vice-Chair and head of the Chebucto Technical Committee Ed Dyer
completed his two year term on the Board of Directors and re-offered for
another, as did Directors Richard Connolly, Bill Matheson, Kent Murray and
John McKay. Long-time Chebucto member Mary Rigby was elected to the Board
by acclamation. Another nominee turned out not to be eligible to run.
Treasurer Marni Tuttle completed her two year term as a Director. Chebucto
Secretary Heather Townsend resigned from the Board after serving one year
of her two year term. With Tom Daly's resignation from the Board last year
two Board positions are currently vacant, each with one year of a
two year term left to run.
Long-time volunteer and Board member John McKay was honoured by Chair
Bernie Hart for all his hours of volunteer time working for
A Special Resolution to amend Chebucto's By-Laws
by adding a new position of Past Chair to the Chebucto Executive Committee
passed with the necessary three-fourths of votes. Once approved by the
N.S. Registrar of Joint Stocks the changed by-laws will be in effect.
Members were asked to break into groups and discuss different strategies
for Chebucto for the new year. Reports from the various groups will be
reviewed at the next Board meeting.
Large mailboxes working perfectly!
More than a month after Chebucto mailboxes got a large bump in capacity
and speed after moving to a new powerful server, reports of mail system
trouble are almost non-existent. Mailboxes can now be accessed multiple
ways at the same time without problem and mailbox capacity is no longer an
issue. As well by giving all users a JUNKMAIL folder and making it
maintenance free with automated deletion after 30 days, users don't
miss out on mail filtered in error. Automated renewal notices are no
longer bounced from full mailboxes as well.
With these changes Chebucto Community Net mail is world class: we offer
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.
Chebucto wifi development ongoing
Development work continues on the Chebucto Wireless service. Physical
installation of equipment at Fenwick Place is next on the agenda, likely
late this week if weather permits.
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
Text service dialup soon to go 56K!
Users of the Chebucto text-only dialup service should see an increase in
connection speed over the next few weeks as the text service modems are
upgraded to 56K from the current 33.6K. In testing, the only difference
other than the increased connection speed seems to be that some terminal
programs may need to hit Enter or Return an extra time when logging in.
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.
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