The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) podcasts are about various computer and technology related topics in Trinidad and Tobago and abroad. All TTCS podcasts are copyrighted by the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society and is licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 licence.
For more information about podcasting, check out the Wikipedia entry on Podcasting
Your comments/suggestions for the TTCS podcasts are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org
TTCS podcast #20 : January 30, 2010
TTCS podcast #19 : Febuary 25th, 2009
TTCS podcast #18 : Febuary 21st, 2009
TTCS podcast #17 : Febuary 21st, 2009
TTCS podcast #17 (MP3 ; 22 minutes ; 15MB)
Dev, Anil and Mike T discussed the following topics :
- Fastforward II, the next ICT plan from the Ministry of Public Administration
- draft Trinidad and Tobago Government Omnibus Technical Standards (eGOTS)
- The TTCS comments to the proposed Draft National E-business Policy of Trinidad and Tobago (PDF ; 745K ; 25 pages) were submitted using the fastforward’s online form.
- Use of Google Documents and Skype for TTCS online meetings.
TTCS podcast #16 : February 21st, 2009
TTCS podcast #16 (MP3 ; 22 minutes ; 15MB)
Dev, Anil and Mike T discussed the following topics on Carnival Saturday 2009 :
- TTCS participation in the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS) IT committee
- The key draft ISO standard that the TTBS focused on in joining SC34 in ISO/IEC JTC1 : DIS29500 or Office Open XML (OOXML)
- TTCS recommendation to Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards regarding its vote on DIS29500 : TTCS recommmendation on DIS29500. It was mentioned on Andy Updegrove’s Standards Blog which covered DIS29500
- TTBS looks ak making ISO/IEC 27000 series of standards on Information Security Management a voluntary set of standards for Trinidad and Tobago. More information about the 27000 series : http://www.27000.org/
- ICANN upcoming Mexico Summit at the end of February 2009.
- Info on Latin American and Caribbean Regional At-Large Organisation (LACRALO) : http://www.lacralo.org/ and the TTCS LACRALO page
- ICANN Working Groups as part of the ICANN At-Large Mexico summit https://st.icann.org/summit-wg/index.cgi?working_groups
- WG3 documents on new gTLDs
- DNS flaw in 2008
- ICANN policies out for public comment
TTCS podcast #15 : February 21st, 2009
TTCS Podcast #15 (MP3 ; 22 minutes ; 15MB)
Dev, Anil and Mike T discussed the following topics on Carnival Saturday 2009 :
- videos from the Nintendo Wii Remote hacking 2008 meeting on Youtube :
- Software Freedom Day 2008 :
- SFD 2008 report
- 38 minute video
- SFd 2008 photos
- Two films were shown : Mr. Stephen Fry “Freedom Fry — Happy birthday to GNU” video and Big Buck Bunny
- OLPC laptop and Asus netbook were also at a booth at SFD 2008
- Software Freedom Day 2008 Competition Results – TTCS gets honourable mention for 2008 from Software Freedom Day organisation
- Thanks to Ministry of Public Administration and Guardian Life Holdings for the use of the venues and to TTNIC for sponsoring CDs
- What’s needed for SFD 2009
- Mentions of SFD 2008 in the Trinidad Express and Newsday newspapers
TTCS Podcast #14 : December 8th, 2007
TTCS Podcast #14 (MP3 ; 24 minutes ; 8.7MB)
- Look back at Software Freedom Day 2007
TTCS Podcast #13 : December 8th, 2007
TTCS Podcast #13 (MP3 ; 32 minutes ; 11.2MB)
Our thirteenth podcast. The TTCS regulars (Dev, Anil, Mike T, Jacqueline, Raul, Paul) discussed the following topics :
- Why podcasts haven’t been released for a while – help needed!
- the TTCS podcasts were featured in the ICTUpdate article : “Extending networks with podcasting in the Caribbean“
- Biggest story for IT in Trinidad in 2007 : Broadband! thanks to new broadband packages from Flow Trinidad and TSTT’s Blink Broadband
- The TTCS met with Flow in August 2007
- TSTT is currently testing Metro-Ethernet service to replace frame-relay services for businesses
- first experiences with Flow Broadband
- several problems experienced by existing TSTT ADSL customers trying to switch to TSTT’s Blink Broadband – the procedures on how to do with trying to do so varies with who you ask at TSTT
- TATT auction of radio spectrum for Broadband Wireless Access services which was won by Greendot and Telestar Cable System Limited
- a look at the cell phone market with TSTT, Digicel and Laqtel
- TATT charges Laqtel and court and takes Laqtel to court ; Laqtel fined for breach of TATT’s concession
- Gaming possible with the new broadband packages from Flow
TTCS Podcast #11 : August 19th, 2006
TTCS Podcast #11 (MP3 ; 56.5 minutes ; 13MB)
Our 11th podcast. The TTCS regulars (Mike T, Dev, Paul, Richard Jobbity) discussed the following :
- Google Maps and Google Earth has updated satellite imagery for several parts of Trinidad ; for example Piarco Airport, Churchill-Roosevelt Highway Junction.
- A useful mashup using Google Maps is WikiMapia described as project to describe the whole planet Earth. You can use your browser to go to Trinidad and you can click on rectangles showing places others have already added. You can further add more details to existing places and add your own interesting places.
- What are the benefits of Google Maps’ satellite imagery of Trinidad?
- Telecom Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) publishes “Spectrum Plan for the Accommodation of Broadband Wireless Access Services” (SPABWAS)
- The Ministry of Public Administration and Information (MPAI) releases Internet Bandwidth Management proposed policy
- Could local hosting of content happen in Trinidad?
- What about interconnection between local ISPs? Doesn’t happen even for email
- Cable Television services from Flow and TSTT
- future TTCS meetings at Pizza Hut
- other upcoming tech meetings on MacOS X and Software Freedom Day
- popularity of TTCS OSSWIN CD overseas ; See the SitesMentioningTTCSOSSWINCD wiki page
TTCS Podcast #10 : May 27th, 2006
TTCS Podcast #10 (MP3 ; 75 minutes ; 8.7MB)
Our tenth podcast. The TTCS Regulars (Mike T, Anil, Richard and Dev Anand) discussed the following topics :
- Cell phone competition in Trinidad and Tobago ; Digicel opens for business on April 6th 2006
- How does Digicel compare to TSTT bmobile?
- newspapers and sign banners are happy with the barrage of bmobile and Digicel advertising
- Which service is cheaper? Does the “independent” reports from bmobile clear the confusion? Here is a simpler comparision of post paid plans
- What of Laqtel? Are they focusing on internet access?
- the launch of TSTT’s 3G mobile internet service via EV-DO. Beach coverage is spotty.
- the launch of Flow by Columbus Communications. Flow’s Official website doesn’t have much details as yet.
- Carib-link has updated their Proximity wireless internet package as well as VoIP
- Persons from ICANN was in Trinidad and the TTCS met with on May 10th, 2006. Mark Lyndersay wrote about it in his BitDepth column. A transcript of the 3 hour meeting may be posted in the future.
- What of .tt?
- WASA website was hacked.
- the Nintendo’s Wii and Sony Playstation 3. See the video trailers and see the rush of persons at E3 for the Wii booth
1 hour edited by Dev T, rest by Colin, final edit and conversion to MP3 by Mike T.
TTCS Podcast #9 : March 11th, 2006
TTCS Podcast #9 (MP3 ; 110 minutes ; 12.8MB)
Our ninth podcast. The TTCS Regulars (Colin, Mike T, Anil, Nissan, Richard and Dev Anand) discussed the following topics :
- TTCS OSSWIN CD news ; mentioned on Lifehacker, mirrored on freenet.de, reviewed by Vnunet.com
- the Intel based Apple Mac Mini
- the recent controversy regarding cell phone towers
- lots more…..
TTCS Podcast #8 : January 21st, 2006
TTCS Podcast #8 (MP3 ; 64 minutes ; 15MB)
Our eight podcast and the first for 2006. The TTCS Regulars (Peter, Colin, Mike T, Anil, Richard and Dev Anand) discussed the following topics :
- the pop-under ads on the Trinidad Guardian website ; how to block the pop-unders from the Trinidad Guardian website using Mozilla Firefox.
- A peeve about newspapers reporting on the public launch of a website : they don’t mention the URL!
- Digicel, Laqtel and TSTT have signed concessions for cell phone service and international calls on December 31st, 2005.
- TATT publishes procedures for cell phone towers on January 13th, 2006
- TSTT wants increase in monthly rent for fixed phone lines ; where’s the proof that TSTT’s fixed line network is a loss leader? How did TSTT’s SmartChoice fixed phone line rate package get approved by TATT and its effect on independent ISPs?
- the Regulated Industries Commission (RIC) released its Draft Determination on T&TEC’s electricity Rate Review ; how the RIC handled T&TEC application is different from how TATT handled the mobile applications
- TSTT’s ADSL service went down on the afternoon of Friday January 20th 2006, but it was up the next day
- The TTCS OSSWIN CD, our compilation of open source software for Windows on a CD is available online via BitTorrent. More Diggers needed!
- the Soca Warriors new website ; a missed opportunity to promote the .tt domain name ; the Flash only main page
- the bacchanal about Carnival fetes ; the blimp and Carnival at the Queen’s Park Savannah
- Anil’s was there at the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas ; his photos can be found http://www.flickr.com/photos/peppersauce/page8/
- impressions of the Intel based iMacs
TTCS Podcast #7 : December 17th, 2005
TTCS Podcast #7 (MP3 ; 60 minutes ; 13.8MB)
Our seventh podcast. The TTCS Regulars (Mike T, Anil, Richard and Dev Anand) discussed the following topics:
- TSTT ADSL available in Sangre Grande
- the continuing saga of cell phone competition in Trinidad and Tobago
- What other internet providers can compete with TSTT ADSL?
- Could Digicel launch without an interconnection?
- factors affecting ICT and e-commerce in Trinidad and Tobago
- cool tech gifts
TTCS Podcast #6 : October 22nd 2005
TTCS Podcast #6 (MP3 ; 33 minutes ; 7.8MB)
Our sixth podcast, recorded on the same day as podcast #5. Join the TTCS Regulars (Mike T, Anil, Richard, Paul and Dev Anand) as we discussed the recent Apple announcements and the music industry.
Show Notes :
- On Sept 7th, 2005, Apple announced the iPod nano and the Motorola Rokr phone.
- On October 20th, 2005, Apple upgrades the PowerMac and PowerBooks.
- On October 12th, 2005, Apple introduces the iPod aka the video iPod
- Some popular videocasts : CommandN, Player 1 vs Player2 and Hak5
- Can the TTCS do a videocast?
- CaribbeanFreeRadio is listed on the iTunes directory
- Can radio benefit from podcasting?
- Can Caribbean music benefit from iTunes?
- the benefits of Digital Rights Management (DRM)?
- A search on the iTunes library turns up several Caribbean artistes whose songs you can purchase for 99 US cents
- the problems of copy-protected CDs
- the future of record companies and radio stations
- Can you buy from iTunes? Only with an US credit card. Amazon.com can accept local issued credit cards ; you can even buy local foodstuffs.
TTCS Podcast #5 : October 22th 2005
TTCS Podcast #5 (MP3 ; 46 minutes ; 10.9MB)
Our fifth Podcast. Join the TTCS Regulars (Mike T, Anil, Richard, Paul and Dev Anand) as we discuss the following topics:
- upcoming meeting at October 29th, 2005 at the San Fernando Technical Institute
- Cell phone competition coming on November 30th, 2005 from Laqtel and Digicel.
- Digicel complains to PM
- the surge in advertising from Digicel and Laqtel
- TSTT launches CDMA network. It is operational for testing purposes in the Port of Spain area at least.
- TATT has stated that TSTT needs a concession to operate the CDMA service
- Large waves struck Maracas Bay and other beaches. Surfers knew about the large waves beforehand. No warning was received from the Met Office.
- the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service website is not well maintained and appears to have been defaced.
- Trinidad and Tobago Police goes online ; the actual website has a “coming soon” animated banner and its images folder is easily accessible.
- the usefulness of Netcraft
TTCS Podcast #4 : October 9th 2005
TTCS Podcast #4 (MP3 ; 16 minutes ; 3.8MB)
Mike and Dev Anand talk about the audio recordings Mike did on Software Freedom Day (SFD) , event held by the TTCS, Trinidad and Tobago Linux Users Group (TTLUG) and FLOS Caribbean on September 10th, 2005. The speeches by Richard Jobity, Anil Ramnanan and Allan Samaroo at Software Freedom Day are available as separate MP3 files (see http://www.ttcsweb.org/podcasts/index.htm#podcast4 for links). We answer some of the comments made about the TTCS podcast and the podcast ends with Mike’s “walkthrough” on SFD leading up to the speeches.
Download links to the three speeches made on Software Freedom Day 2005 by
- Richard Jobity (MP3 ; 35 minutes ; 8.4MB)
- Anil Ramnanan (MP3 ; 52 minutes ; 12.4MB)
- Allan Samaroo (MP3 ; 23 minutes ; 5.4MB)
Other related URLs :
- Software Freedom Day website
- Software Freedom Day 2005 photos taken by the TTCS
- Mark Lyndersay BitDepth column about Software Freedom Day
- Burrokeet an open source project that Anil Ramnanan is working on
- Google Summer of Code
- Trinidad and Tobago Linux Users Group (TTLUG)
- FLOS Caribbean
TTCS Podcast #3 : September 17th 2005
TTCS Podcast #3 (MP3 ; 62 minutes ; 8MB)
Our third Podcast. Join the TTCS Regulars (Mike T, Nissan, Anil, Richard, Colin, Paul, Dev Anand and Peter) as we discuss the following topics:
- TSTT honouring its promise to provide rebates to GSM phone customers because of the crash and subsequent congestion (during the week Monday 11th July to Saturday 16th July) of the GSM cellular network.
- Anil was among three persons rewarded by TSTT for being a long term customer (longest, unbroken service) of their dial-up Internet access service, first offered by TSTT in August 1995
- Cost of Internet access in Trinidad and Tobago is greater than that in the US. Is this reasonable or not?
- Ways for visitors to Trinidad and Tobago to access the Internet
- “Cloning” of TDMA cellular phones. Peter related an examples where one of his phones was “cloned” and used to make several thousand dollars worth of calls. TSTT was very sympathetic about the unfortunate situation, promptly cancelled all charges, upgraded him to their GSM service and even gave him a “free” GSM phone.
- the delay by the Telecom Authority and the Ministry of Public Admin in granting cellular licenses to Digicel and Laqtel.
- the pros and cons of CDMA cellular phones
- Software Freedom Day (SFD) 2005: the TTCS, Trinidad and Tobago Linux Users Group (TTLUG) and FLOS Caribbean teamed up to have a two day event on the 10th and 11th of September 2005. Among the items talked about during the SFD event was the local software development of “Burrokeet“, a “learning content management system”, TTCS OSSWIN CD and the FLOS Caribbean organisation.
- Nissan doing a UWI Computing Society meeting on 29th September 2005 on open source software for Windows featuring the TTCS OSSWIN CD
- How to promote Open Source/”Free” Software so that it could gain more market share and acceptance. Several examples of OSS in use by local companies were mentioned.
- the use of shareware
- the problems of adware/spyware on PCs and the time/effort/money needed to solve these problems
- the popularity of Dell computers in Trinidad and Tobago
- G4 showing G4TechTV Canada’s Call for Help“
TTCS Podcast #2 : August 3rd 2005
TTCS Podcast #2 : (MP3 ; 37 minutes ; 8.7MB)
Our second podcast. Join the TTCS Regulars (Mike, Nissan, Anil, Richard, Colin, Paul, Dev Anand) as we discuss the following topics:
- an overview of the TTCS OSSWIN CD, a compilation of Free/Open Source software for the Windows platform which offers a web based interface to easily browse the over ninety programs on the CD :
- what is open source ; the categories of the over ninety programs on the CD
- who is Tux, see the Tux variant for TTLUG
- the web interface on the CD, containing program descriptions and related links
- the licensing of the software on the CD
- how to get the CD
- why the CD came about
- request for listeners to offer bandwidth to host the near 700MB ISO
- some of the programs highlighted :
- TTCS discussion mailing list
- Other programs mentioned :
- why TTCS OSSWIN CD is superior to other CD compilations of Open Source software for Windows that are available for download.
- web interface on the TTCS OSSWIN CD should work in all browsers : IE (Internet Explorer), Firefox, Opera.
- TATT letter to TSTT in light of the recent cell phone disruption
- TSTT announced compensation plan
- Trinidad Express newspaper website adds RSS Feeds to its web site ; Sage RSS Firefox extension
- the http://www.mayarolife.com/ website
- Trinidadian who developed a kiosk browser extension for Mozilla Firefox
- Konfabulator, now freeware after being acquired by Yahoo!
- the problem of freeware applications that may contain freeware/spyware ; an example of ad-supported program that does it right : Opera web browser
- Microsoft Vista, formerly Longhorn
- other favourite programs on the TTCS OSSWIN CD : PDFCreator, a second mention of XAMPP Lite, Audacity, Celestia, ,Stellarium, GLTron (game based on the lightcycle sequence from the movie Tron), Virtual Dub, Media Player Classic
- request for listeners to suggest a name for the TTCS podcast ; prize is a TTCS OSSWIN CD
TTCS Podcast #1 : July 16th 2005
TTCS Podcast #1 (MP3 ; 44 minutes ; 10.6MB)
Our first podcast. Join the TTCS Regulars (Dev Anand, Anil, Colin, Richard J., Paul, Mike T. and Nissan) as we discuss the following topics:
- The explosion/bombing in Port of Spain on Monday 11th July 2005. Find out where people got the latest news during the incident.
- The World Wide Web (WWW) proved to be a good source for up-to-date information about Tropical Storm Emily (it became a hurricane while leaving the vicinity of Trinidad and Tobago).
- The crash and subsequent congestion (during the week Monday 11th July to Saturday 16th July) of the GSM cellular network operated by Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT).
- Phishing: Internet-based scams designed to steal personal information for purposes of identity theft.
- Local persons stealing the usernames and passwords of TSTT Internet customers to gain “free” Internet access.
- TSTT customers victimised by an email-based worm/trojan designed to “zombify” Windows-based machines.
- TSTT does not actively filter dangerous email attachments such as .EXE, .COM, .SCR, .BAT.
- At 5:07 p.m. (during recording of this podcast) it was discovered that the GSM phones had regained signal strength but still could not be used to make or receive calls calls. However, the older TDMA phones could both make and receive calls.
- Are people hopelessly dependent on their cell phones?
- Hands-free kits for cell phones: good or bad for drivers?
- The equipment used to record this “home-brewed” podcast.
- Internet sites and software that caught our interest.
URLs mentioned :
- Caribbean Free Radio – the first podcast to originate in the Caribbean
- Trinidad and Tobago Linux Users Group
- i95.5 FM (local radio station)
- Trinidad Guardian newspaper | Trinidad Express newspaper
- National Hurricane Center | www.intellicast.com | www.accuweather.com | The Weather Channel
- ForcastFox extension for Mozilla Firefox web browser | MegaTrack (open source Java applet that can be used to track hurricanes)
- National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)
- Skype: voice over IP (VoIP) application | Gizmo (freeware alterative to Skype) | Apple’s iChat
- Apple’s Garage Band (part of the iLife suite)
- Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT)
- Nissan’s post to the TTCS email Discussion List about phishing
- How to avoid getting caught by a phishing scam
- Wikipedia entry about phishing (contains samples of the kinds of phishing scam emails you may receive)
- Info about the sms.ac phishing scam
- A list of past reported phishing attacks
- Trinidad Express article: “TSTT targeted in Internet attack”
- Trinidad Express article: “TSTT blames customers for cellular glitch”
- New study says headsets don’t make cellphone-driving safer
- Apple’s powerbooks | Griffin iMic adapter
- Firefox web browser | Thunderbird email client | www.mozilla.org
- Carib-link.net | Rave-tt.net
- Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT)
- www.trinidadmurders.org | www.news.co.tt
- www.trinidesktops.com Wallpaper-sized images of Trinidad and Tobago.
- Neo Office: an open source, office productivity suite for Mac OS X (based on Open Office.org)
- Just blog it blogging extension for Mozilla Firefox web browser
- Nissan’s blog
- Foxitsoftware: home of Foxit PDF reader, a freeware, lightweight PDF viewer
- TTCS OSSWIN CD, a CD of open source for windows
- Mepis: a debian based linux distro.
- Guyana Linux Users Group
- Ubuntu Linux