Updated: 16 October 2009
Internet Town Hall Oct 26th 2009
Chebucto Community Net and the Dalhousie Student Union present an Internet
Town Hall meeting open to the public. All are welcome! It will be held at
the McInnes Room in the Dalhousie Student Union Building 7 PM to 9:30 PM,
Monday October 26th, 2009.
This Town Hall meeting will address four main
points about Internet access in this province - the Digital Divide and
how poverty keeps people from having access to the net, copyright laws
and Digital Rights Management (DRM) issues, net neutrality and
controlling the flow of information, and privacy - who has access to
your data and what they are doing with it.
Hosted by CBC's Costas Halavrezos, the title of the meeting will be
"Who's Shaping Your Digital Future?" and will feature a keynote
address by Laura Murray, co-author of Canadian Copyright: A Citizen's
Guide and guest speakers David Fraser, privacy lawyer with McInnes
Cooper; Terry Dalton, President of ACORN, the Atlantic Canada Organization
of Research Networks (which Chebucto is a member of); Darren Abramson,
Dalhousie University Professor of Philosophy and Chebucto's own Andrew D.
Wright, long-time Office Manager and webmaster for Chebucto Community Net.
In the US, users sharing files are liable to severe penalties. In the UK,
refusing to hand over a personal encryption key can land you in jail,
with no other crime involved. In Australia, the government is working to
put in mandatory Internet censorship. In Canada, the government is working
on putting in warrantless Internet data seizure. And in Nova Scotia, the
Digital Divide between haves and have nots is leaving a quarter of the
We think these are important issues, and we want to talk about them. Come
out and make your opinions known.
Chebucto Net User Survey
We need all of our users and members to help us. Between now and October
19th 2009 we need you to go to our survey page and answer some questions.
The survey page can be found here:
CCN 2009 Survey
Chebucto text service users can type in: gsurvey and hit Enter when they
are in Lynx.
The information is completely anonymous and secure and cannot be tracked
back to you or to your login. We respect your privacy.
We need this information so we can help serve you better. With it we can
tell who is using Chebucto services and help prove that we are serving a
public need. It is very important that we get as many people responding as
Wireless service news
Chebucto Community Net is in talks with the new owners of Fenwick Tower,
Templeton Properties, regarding the future of Chebucto's presence on the
roof of Fenwick Tower.
Members of the Chebucto Community Net made a presentation to the residents
of Joe Howe Manor, a fixed-income seniors housing project in south-end
Halifax to guage interest in bringing low cost high speed wireless service
to the building.
Work continues on the technical aspects of the wireless service. As of now
the antenna providing the connection from Fenwick Tower is offline
awaiting replacement with a bigger, better antenna currently in the
Chebucto office. Work on the wireless nodes has continued with small low
power usage NanoStation hardware replacing the old PCs previously used as
nodes. Software has been specially customized to work on the new hardware.
There has been zero development money from any outside source. All work
on the wireless project has been in addition to the regular technical
maintenance that Chebucto requires to keep operating.
The areas to be served by the new wireless access will be determined by
the residents of metro themselves. There's a map here.
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 users are warned that there are email scams where users are asked
for their passwords and other personal information. No matter whom the
email says it is from or why they say they need the information, these
emails are always a lie. Real organizations do not require you to send
them confidential personal information over email. For more information on
these sorts of scams, tips to help you recognize these scams and resources
to help you find out more, see this Mousepad
column about spear-phishing, yet another in a long line of
scams through email designed to snag the unwary.
Help promote Chebucto!
We need your help. 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.
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.com
Current version for Windows 2000, XP, Vista: 3.5.3
Email client: Mozilla Thunderbird free from Mozilla.com
Current version: 22.214.171.124.
All-in-one web browser, email client,
web page editor: Mozilla
SeaMonkey free from
Current version: 1.1.18.
Free anti-virus programs for home users
- Microsoft Security Essentials: available for free from
For Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.
(Requires Windows Validation, i.e. legal copy of Windows)
(Note that both of the following free anti-virus
programs also have paid versions which offer additional features):
free and paid versions from Lavasoft.de
A-Squared free and paid versions from
Microsoft Windows Defender free for Windows XP from Microsoft.com
(Requires Windows Validation, i.e. legal copy of Windows XP)
Spybot: Search & Destroy free from Safer-networking.org
FTP and SFTP Software: FileZilla free Client Version from Filezilla-project.org
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 3 installed and Windows Vista 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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