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

Trinidad and Tobago Internet Governance Forum (#TTIGF 2018) on Friday 26th January, 2018 – register to attend

The second annual Trinidad and Tobago Internet Governance Forum (TTIGF ; http://igf.tt/) will be held on Friday 26th January 2018 from 8am to 4pm at the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Columbus Circle, Westmoorings, Trinidad with online participation available for those unable to attend at the venue.

TTIGF 2018 is hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago Multistakeholder Advisory Group (TTMAG), of which the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society is a member.

With the overall theme of “Shaping the Digital Future”, TTIGF 2018 will feature sessions on the following locally relevant Internet Governance issues:

• Digital Financial Services
• Gender Activism Online
• Blockchain

TTIGF 2018 will also have an open forum session where all stakeholders (including online participants) can share comments, questions, solutions and best practices on internet governance locally, regionally and globally.

If you plan to attend (in person or remotely), please register for the TTIGF event at http://igf.tt/register-ttigf2018 . Registration is FREE. There is no charge to attend TTIGF 2018.

Flow Trinidad announces speed upgrade to residential broadband packages for same monthly rate.

Promotional banner from Flow Trinidad (https://discoverflow.co/trinidad/internet/promotions)

Flow Trinidad has announced a speed upgrade to existing Flow broadband residential packages at the same monthly rate as well as offering a new “Lightning” broadband package. According to Flow’s Facebook page, the speed upgrade will take place from 12:30am on Saturday 16th December 2017.  Here’s a table of the announced speed upgrades

Flow PackagePrevious SpeedsUpgraded SpeedsMonthly Rate in TT$ (VAT incl.)
Basic3Mbps (download) /1Mbps (upload)5Mbps (download) / 3Mbps (upload)$136.95
Essential30Mbps (download) / 3Mbps (upload)40Mbps (download) / 5Mbps (upload)$219.99
Plus45Mbps (download) / 3Mbps (upload)60Mbps (download) / 15Mbps (upload)$293.47
Max60Mbps (download) / 20Mbps (upload)100Mbps (download) / 20Mbps (upload)$391.29
Turbo120Mbps (download) / 7Mbps (upload)200Mbps (download) / 25Mbps (upload)$529.99
Ultra240Mbps (download) / 10Mbps (upload) 300Mbps (download) / 30Mbps (upload) $699.99
Lightning(new)600Mbps (download) /50Mbps (upload) $999.99

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.