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Updated: 27 January 2001
Chebucto Plus Modems Get UpgradeChebucto Tech Team volunteers worked through Saturday morning to move Chebucto Plus dialup lines to new, more reliable modems. The old Boca rack-mounted modems, shown here in the center image with duct tape labels, will be replaced by the Microcom 64 modem unit seen at the bottom of the image with all the red lights. Click on image to enlarge it.
Tech volunteers Johnathan Thibodeau (left) and Chris Wood (right) were joined by Chris Watt and Technical Committee Chair Ed Dyer for the labor-intensive rewiring of the modem lines. It is believed that the Microcom 64 modems, which formerly served the clientele of a New Jersey ISP, will be less susceptible to lockups than the Boca modems they're replacing. This should result in more reliable Chebucto Plus connections and easier access to this popular service for our users.
Chebucto Account Renewals UpA record 80% of existing Chebucto account holders renewed their accounts in 2000, up 14% from the previous high water mark of 66%, according to year-end figures. The graphical Chebucto Plus service showed similar staying power in its second full year of operation, with 75% of 1999 accounts returning for another year.
Hard disk problems continueChebucto text users using Pine for their email have been experiencing intermittent error messages such as "No space left on device" due to a flaky hard drive on our system. Two replacement drives were ordered but there has been some difficulty in their configuration. The Chebucto Technical Committee is working on the problem.
Virus hits Chebucto usersThe W95 Hybrid worm has been hitting Chebucto users for the last month. The worm, disguised as variously named attachments in an email called Snowhite and the Seven Dwarfs - The REAL story! poses no danger to Chebucto text users so long as they do not save and download the attachment to their home computers, but is a danger to any graphical user.
The W95 Hybrid worm scans all internet traffic for email addresses then sends itself to them. It also updates itself from the internet. It corrupts the Windows file WSOCK32.DLL and writes itself to compressed .EXE files within .ZIP files. Prevention consists in having a good anti-virus program with recent virus definitions and scanning any email attachment before opening it. Cure consists of removing the infected computer from the internet and using an anti-virus program to scan the computer for infected files. The WSOCK32.DLL file can be replaced from the Windows installation CD, but infected .ZIP files will have to be deleted.
For more information, Chebucto UserHelp Team Leader Norman De Forest has compiled an excellent Anti Virus resource page.
Chebucto gets a new domain name!Chebucto has acquired the new domain name chebucto.ca. This new name can be used for web page addresses on Chebucto as well as email addresses on Chebucto. The existing domain name chebucto.ns.ca will still work for both web page addresses and email addresses and there is no plan to discontinue it.
Changes in the way that .Ca (Canadian) domain names are registered opened up the option for existing provincial domain name holders to upgrade to the higher level national domain name. Re-registering all .Ca domain names is mandatory for all .Ca domain name holders.
Board updateThe Chebucto Board of Directors' state of flux continues with the resignations of Chebucto Chairman Sharon Parker and Secretary Krista Olmstead. Eight Board members have resigned since the last Chebucto Annual General Meeting in April 2000.
On a more positive note, Chris Watt has joined the Chebucto Board, taking on the role of Treasurer of the Chebucto Communiy Net Society. James Carroll has moved to Secretary.
Here's the current Board lineup:
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