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Updated: 27 August 2002
Machine room construction postponedPlanned construction work on the Chase Building machine room has been postponed until at least mid-September, perhaps later. The machine room is shared by the Dalhousie University Mathematics Department and the Chebucto Community Net. The construction work was to have expanded the machine room to accommodate the growing number of computers and related equipment housed there.
When more details on the construction plans are known, both this news page
and the Chebucto Message of the
Day will be updated with the new information.
56 K UpdateInstallation and testing of the new 56 K equipment which was delayed due to construction work planned for the Chase Building machine room (see story above) is now going ahead. It is estimated that there will now be a two to four week wait for the digital telephone lines to be installed then a few weeks of testing is planned before the service is opened up to Chebucto Plus users.
Original Chebucto plans to have the 56 K service installed and tested
during the month of August were put on hold by the planned machine room
construction. It's been decided to go ahead with the installation and
setup of the 56 K service rather than wait due to the high continuing
interest in it by Chebucto users.
The new 56 K digital phone equipment purchased in July will allow up to 96
users at a time to connect to the Chebucto
Plus dialup service at 56 K speed, the maximum speed possible
over a dialup connection. The 16 kg (36 lb) rack-mountable Ascend 6096 has
96 digital 56 K modems, kept cool by eight high-velocity fans.
Chebucto staff take safety trainingThe Chebucto Office was closed for the day August 7th so that staff could take part in a one day Fall Safety course. The course was considered appropriate for safe working on the Chebucto Webcam, located on the top of Fenwick Place, the tallest building in Halifax.
Spam/virus filtering server soon readyThe new Chebucto spam and virus-filtering server is at the final stage of testing. Using Spam Assassin for spam mail filtering and F-Prot for virus mail filtering, the new server should dramatically decrease rubbish mail sent to Chebucto users. Plans are to send out an email to all users and give them the option of having unfiltered mail, having their spam and viruses shunted to a special folder for their later inspection or having their spam and viruses deleted outright.
Low-Cost Custom Web Addresses Now AvailableChebucto users, groups and businesses can now have low cost custom website and email addresses. For $20 a year or less, full details here, users can have a custom Chebucto Sub-Domain name.
Non-Profit groups on Chebucto can have the website address name.chebucto.org, where name would be replaced by the organization or group name. Small businesses on Chebucto can customize the website address name.chebucto.biz; individuals and families can customize name.chebucto.net with their family name; and Chebucto-based information resources can customize the web address name.chebucto.info.
Email aliases to registered Chebucto sub-domain names are also available
for $10 per year per alias. These email aliases can redirect mail to any
Membership Reward Plan continuesChebucto is pleased to announce a new Membership Reward Plan open to all current Chebucto members. Full Details here.
For each new Sustaining or Family Sustaining member who tells us
they were referred to us by you, we'll give you a $20 credit good towards
your next Sustaining or Family Sustaining membership. "Word of mouth"
advertising can now get you free internet: five referrals are good for a
free Sustaining membership, including a year of our famous
Chebucto Plus full graphical access.
Chebucto Users still tops in *.NS.CA SETI processingSETI, the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence, has been processing their radio telescope data with home users' computers for years now. Using an innovative screensaver which runs whenever the user computer is not in use, SETI has had more than 1,106,000 years of high quality computer processor time donated to it.
Of all the computer domains ending in the letters NS.CA, denoting Nova
Scotia, chebucto.ns.ca now ranks
number one, beating out both the government of Nova Scotia and the vast
resources of EdNet, the schools network. Current stats here.
Chebucto users have sent in more than 15,000 results, representing more
than 32 years of CPU time that would otherwise have been wasted.
Outlook user email advisoryAfter the recent wave of viruses specifically targetting users of 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.
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