About the TTCS

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS ; http://ttcs.tt/ ; http://ttcs.tt/) is a computer user group formed in 1997. We:

  • are a forum where computers, related technologies and related social issues are discussed;
  • keep current with the events in the local Information Technology and telecommunications industries ;
  • “Network local computer users” so that they can share knowledge and improve upon their experiences with modern technology.
  • hold membership in several international organisations and advise on technology issues in Trinidad and Tobago and the region.

We have regular meetings, mailing lists, and our website and presence on Facebook , Twitter and Google+.

We also maintain a collection of Free and Open Source Software for Windows called the TTCS OSSWIN.

We welcome anyone interested in computing and the Internet, regardless of the level of their computer experience or the type of hardware or software they use, to participate in our activities.

To keep up to date about TTCS activities, please join our announcement mailing list

TTCS end of year Christmas dinner on Thursday December 14 2017 from 6:30pm ; please RSVP!

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society will be having its end of year Christmas dinner at Ruby Tuesday, Grand Bazaar on Thursday December 14 2017 from 6:30pm.

We will also be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society!

Please RSVP at info@ttcs.tt! The anticipated cost of Ruby Tuesday’s Christmas dinner menu is anticipated to cost $240TT per person.

Intel discloses security vulnerabilities in firmware for several Intel CPUs

What you’ll need to do for Intel CPUs with the vulnerable Intel Management Engine – Update the motherboard firmware

Intel has announced a security vulnerability present in several of its CPUs specifically:

  • 6th, 7th & 8th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family
  • Intel® Xeon® Processor E3-1200 v5 & v6 Product Family
  • Intel® Xeon® Processor Scalable Family
  • Intel® Xeon® Processor W Family
  • Intel® Atom® C3000 Processor Family
  • Apollo Lake Intel® Atom Processor E3900 series
  • Apollo Lake Intel® Pentium™
  • Celeron™ N and J series Processors

The vulnerability is related to the flaws in the management firmware that present in these CPUs and allows an attacker to, (among other things), “load and execute arbitrary code outside the visibility of the user and operating system.” Which is not good.

You can read the technical details on Intel’s Security Advisory titled SA-00086 at https://security-center.intel.com/advisory.aspx?intelid=INTEL-SA-00086&languageid=en-fr

Intel has published a Intel SA-00086 software tool for Windows and Linux users at https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/27150 which you can download and run on your computer to detect whether your computer is vulnerable.

Here’s a screenshot of the tool on a machine that is vulnerable

If you’re vulnerable, you will need to update your computer by doing a BIOS update. Intel has posted a support page at http://www.intel.com/sa-00086-support  which lists various PC makers (like Dell, Acer, etc) support pages. Most mainstream PC makers have already posted such support pages.

If you’ve gotten a custom built machine, you’ll need to go to your motherboard manufacturer’s website to see if they have a BIOS update.





Save the date and Call for Topics for the Trinidad and Tobago Internet Governance Forum (TTIGF) 2018

Mark your calendar for the second Trinidad and Tobago Internet Governance Forum (TTIGF)! The TTIGF 2018 will be held on Friday January 26th 2018 at the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Columbus Circle, Westmoorings, Trinidad hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago Multistakeholder Advisory Group (TTMAG), of which the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society is a member.

The IGF is a forum for multistakeholder dialogue on public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance issues, such as the Internet’s sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development.

For TTIGF 2018, You can expect a programme that focuses on Internet Governance issues that are relevant to our local concerns, as well as some of the most pressing international issues. Expect more details to be shared about the TTIGF 2018 in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, if you have a topic you’d like to have considered for a session at the TTIGF 2018, please fill out the form at http://igf.tt/callfortopics

You can also check out the highlights from the TTIGF 2017 held on January 26 2017 with videos, photos and reports from that event.

Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society lime on Wednesday September 13 2017 from 7 to 9pm ; please RSVP!

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS ; http://ttcs.tt) will be having a lime on Wednesday September 13 2017 from 7pm to 9pm at Wendy’s Cafe located upstairs at Wendy’s Restaurant at the corner of Ana Street & Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook, Port of Spain.

Come join us as we eat and chat about various ICT topics including

Anyone interested in computing and ICT are welcome to attend, however please RSVP to info@ttcsweb.org as space is limited.

Draft Trinidad and Tobago National Emergency Communications Plan published for comments

Source: pixabay.com

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM), in collaboration with Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) are inviting comments on the document titled:

National Emergency Communications Plan

Interested persons are asked to submit comments on this document via TATT’s
Public Consultation Comment Submission Form to the following email address consultation@tatt.org.tt on or before Monday October 2nd, 2017.

The TTCS is considering a comment on this Plan and a draft will be shared in the near future.