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Updated: 4 April 2001
Brand New Air ConditionerThe Dalhousie Math and Stats Dept. has purchased and installed a brand new water-cooled industrial grade air conditioner for the Chase building machine room shared with Chebucto. The sleek looking unit effortlessly delivers formidable quantities of chilled air to keep temperatures down in the windowless cinderblock room.
For safety reasons, power to the machine room is shut off in the event of the room overheating, which results in both Math Dept. and Chebucto computers and modems being unavailable for use. It is anticipated that the new air conditioner will provide years of uninterrupted cooling.
Second icestorm disrupts serviceAnother major winter ice storm this week has been responsible for downed power lines in the South End of Halifax resulting in service disruptions to Chebucto. High winds and accumulations of ice on trees and power lines proved a bad mix for the second time this particularly harsh winter.
Volunteers from the Technical Commitee worked through Saturday to bring the Chebucto machines back online; power surges from the blackout caused some minor damage to a backup server.
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. There will be a Special Resolution about updates to the Chebucto Community Net Society By-laws. A draft of the By-law amendments being recommended by the Chebucto Board of Directors is available online.
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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