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Updated: 28 February 2001
Aging Air Conditioner DiesAn aging air conditioning tower in the machine room hosting the Chebucto Community Net has finally failed for good. Dalhousie has brought in a loaner air conditioner (the brown box to the right of the tower) used as a summer cooler for a staff lunchroom while waiting for the new tower ordered by the Dal Math and Stats Department to arrive.
At this time, it is necessary to have the machine room manned to prevent overheating. It is hoped that the loaner air conditioner, which should be installed this afternoon, will be sufficient to handle the load. It is possible there may be further service disruptions to Chebucto during this time until the replacement air conditioner arrives and is installed.
Icestorm disrupts serviceA major winter ice storm this week has been responsible for downed power lines resulting in service disruptions to Chebucto. The beautiful but dangerous accumulations of ice on power lines and tree branches are particularly vulnerable to wind and at this time it is still possible that further power outages may occur.
Chebucto Annual General Meeting Date/ Location SetThe 2000 Chebucto Community Net Society Annual General Meeting will be held Tuesday, April 24th, 2001 in the main auditorium of the Computing Science Building, 6050 University Avenue, Halifax. The meeting will start at 7:00 pm, but there will be a short presentation on various Chebucto projects starting at 6:30 pm.
Voting at the meeting is open to all active members of the Chebucto Community Net Society.
Hard disk problems ongoingChebucto users have been experiencing some intermittent error messages such as "No space left on device" or a failure to write files to their Chebucto disk space. This is 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, and has cleared space on the affected drive by deleting expired files. It is hoped that the extra room on the hard drive will result in fewer of these error messages while a permanent solution is found.
Chebucto User Names Roll OverThe default Chebucto user name system, which runs an alphabetic pattern from aa001 to zz999 has rolled over to the first accounts starting with the letter 'B'. This translates as more than 25,000 account signups since our inception in the spring of 1994. The account, ba001, was activated January 24th, 2001.
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.
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