3rd Draft of National Broadcasting Code for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago published for comments

The Telecommunications Authority of  Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) has published the third draft of the National Broadcasting Code for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (PDF ; 1.14MB) .

Included in this draft document are the comments received from previous drafts and TATT’s response to them.

Comments on the draft Broadcast Code for Trinidad and Tobago are to be sent to TATT before January 23rd, 2009.

Summary of TTCS meetings held in 2008

We hold two types of meetings : Pizza Limes and Tech Meetings. A Pizza Lime is the name given to our monthly discussion forum which is usually held at Pizza Hut, Roxy Roundabout, Port of Spain on the second Wednesday of the month. The tech meeting is when we have computers on site to demonstrate a particular type of hardware or software.

January 9th, 2008 – TTCS pizza lime

Held at PizzaHut, topics likely to be discussed :

Saturday January 26th, 2008 – TTCS tech meeting – look at OLPC and Asus EEEPC

Two One Laptop Per Child (OLPC ; http://www.laptop.org/) laptops were available at this meeting at Handarnold. The unique features of the OLPC laptops :

  • the mesh networking capability allowing for sharing of activities between the two laptops (chat, video sharing)
  • ability of the OLPC laptop to be used outdoors with the screen being visible in the sunlight
  • the Sugar interface for the OLPC
  • the journal showing how it interacts with files and programs in a simpler way for kids to understand
  • various activities (“programs”) such as Turtle Art, Record, Browser, Etoys, Measure

Two Asus EEE PC laptops (http://eeepc.asus.com/global/product.htm) were also shown.

February 13th, 2008 – TTCS pizza lime

See http://ttcs.tt/blog/2008/02/11/ttcs-pizzalime-on-wednesday-february-13th-2008/ for proposed list of topics.

March 25th, 2008 – TTCS pizzalime

Held at Pizza Hut, Roxy Roundabout. Topics discussed :

– The Education Ministry plans to install network camera in 36 schools : http://ttcs.tt/blog/2008/02/16/trinidad-and-tobago-education-ministry-to-consider-installing-network-cameras-in-36-schools/

A lot of discussion focused on whether cameras help with solving crime and whether it is worth giving up privacy to make people safer.

– TTBS and DIS29500 : http://ttcs.tt/blog/2008/03/07/ttcs-recommendation-to-trinidad-and-tobago-bureau-of-standards-regarding-its-vote-on-dis29500/

an overview of the recent activity of the TTBS and its approval vote of DIS29500

– The most popular Matt in the world registers a .tt domain : http://ttcs.tt/blog/2008/02/17/the-most-popular-matt-in-the-world-registers-a-tt-domain/

J. Morris was present to discuss there will be a consultation done regarding how .tt will be run sometime in April 2008. Some discussion on the various models for .tt

– Laqtel’s concession to provide mobile services in TnT revoked : http://ttcs.tt/blog/2008/03/23/laqtels-concession-to-provide-mobile-services-in-trinidad-and-tobago-terminated/

– Internet Governance Forum deadline for workshop proposals is April 30th – does TTCS want to participate? didn’t get time to get to this topic ūüôĀ

Meeting concluded around 10pm

Thursday April 17th, 2008 – TTCS pizzalime

Held at Pizza Hut, Valsayn. Topics discussed/things done :

  • the recent Telecom Authority seminar ‚ÄúBalance on the airwaves ; free speech and responsibility‚ÄĚ. The presentations from this seminar is online at TATT’s website at http://www.tatt.org.tt/Broadcast_code/Seminar_Apr_08/Presentations.htm
  • unpacking of an OLPC obtained by the Give One Get One program
  • discussion of the TTBS voting to approve DIS29500

Sunday April 20th, 2008 – Hacking the Nintendo Wii Remote

Held at Handarnold, we demonstrated Johnny Chung Lee’s project “Low-Cost Multi-point Interactive Whiteboards Using the [Nintendo Wii] Wiimote”. Visit Johnny Lee’s website at http://www.johnnylee.net/ for more details. A video of this was recorded and is in three parts :

Part I is a presentation by Mike Tikasingh showing how the infra-red pens were made. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cs-Vwj6hnow

Part II is a presentation by Paul Worswick showing how the Nintendo Wii Remote was connected to a Windows PC wirelessly using Bluetooth. He then showed how to use the infra-red pen to turn a computer screen projected on a wall to create a interactive whiteboard. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0eF-ejMXOI

Part III shows the practical use of the infra-red pen and the Wiimote to create a interactive whiteboard from the computer screen projected on a wall and then on a computer screen projected on a table. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lT_HkU_jAIk

Wednesday June 18th, 2008 – TTCS pizzalime and demo of Amazon Kindle

Mike T. demoed a Kindle, an ebook reader from Amazon.

Other topics discussed :

Saturday June 28th, 2008 – IPv6

Held at Engineering Consultants, Mr. Andre Thompson from UWI gave an informative presentation about IPv6 and details about RIRs such as ARIN (American Registry for Internet Numbers ; http://www.arin.net/) and the recent ARIN meeting he attended.

The presentation can be viewed as a PDF file :  TTCS-IPv6-20080625.pdf

 

Wednesday July 2nd, 2008 –¬† sending and receiving electronic payments

Held at TATIL offices on Maraval Road, Port of Spain from 5:30pm, the manager of the Trinidad and Tobago Interbank Payments System Limited (TTIPS) gave an presentation about TTIPS and how inter-bank transactions worked.

Wednesday July 16th, 2008 РTTCS pizzalime

Held at Pizza Hut, Roxy Roundabout ; topics discussed :

Sunday July 27th, 2008, 5pm – TTCS Online meeting for SFD2008

Our first official online meeting using Skype to discuss plans for Software Freedom Day 2008, see http://files.ttcs.tt/ttcs-wiki-sfd2008-planning.pdf#MeetingNotes/AgendaforJuly27th2008from5pmviaSkype  for meeting notes.

Wednesday August 13th 2008 РTTCS pizzalime

Held at Pizza Hut, Valsayn. Meeting was consumed with planning for Software Freedom Day 2008 ; what type of presentations could be done, and who would do them.

Sunday August 24th, 2008, 5.00pm РTTCS Online meeting for SFD 2008

A second co-ordination online meeting for SFD 2008. Meeting notes at http://files.ttcs.tt/ttcs-wiki-sfd2008-planning.pdf#MeetingNotesforSundayAugust24th2008viaSkype

Saturday 6th September 2008 – TTCS workshop on SFD 2008

Worked on the various flyers and letters needed for SFD 2008

Friday September 12th, 2008 – SFD 2008 media launch event

Held at the Atrium at Guardian Holdings Limited from 6-8pm. See  Photos from the Media Launch at Guardian Life Limited, Westmoorings

Saturday September 20th, 2008 – Software Freedom Day 2008

Held at the Old Fire Station Building, National Library, Port of Spain. See https://www.ttcs.tt/meetings/software-freedom-day-2008-report/  See a 38 minute video of interviews taken at Software Freedom Day 2008 as well as a Photos from Software Freedom Day 2008 at the Old Fire Station, Ministry of Public Administration

Tuesday 23rd September 2008 – SFD 2008 analysis

Held at Engineering Consultants, we discussed the SFD 2008 event and looked at some of the video footage captured at the event.

Thursday October 2nd, 2008 – PizzaLime

Held at Pizza Hut Valsayn, we discussed the recent SFD 2008 event and fastforward II, Trinidad and Tobago’s national ICT strategy for 2009-2013 by the Ministry of Public Administration

Saturday October 11th, 2008 – Workshop on Draft E-business policy

Held at Engineering Consultants, we discussed and planned our response to the proposed National E-business Policy of Trinidad and Tobago . The deadline for comments was October 13th, 2008. A wiki page was used : http://ttcsweb.pbwiki.com/Draft-National-Policy-on-Electronic-Business-For-Trinidad-and-Tobago (PDF of wiki page)

 

Monday 3rd November 2008 from 7:30pm РTTCS online meeting

Due to a meeting with the Ministry of Public Administration (MPA) later that week, the TTCS online meeting was done to discuss the draft Trinidad and Tobago Government Omnibus Technical Standards (eGOTS) which describes the technical standards in the areas of

  • networking¬† (e.g IPv4, 802.11g, WebDAV)
  • data integration¬† (these relate to the format of the data being transferred including file format types e.g DOC, PDF, MP3)
  • application / presentation¬† (e.g POP3, CSS2, AJAX, RSS)
  • security (e.g Kerberos v5, SHA-256, WEP, web services (SOAP 1.2, WS-Discovery, WS-Reliability v1.1)

to be used within and by the Trinidad and Tobago Government for the exchange of information between : Government and citizens (G2C), Government and Businesses (G2B) and Different Government entities (G2G).

Thursday 6th November 2008 – PizzaLime

At Pizza Hut, Roxy, we discussed the problems of e-commerce in Trinidad and Tobago.

Saturday 6th December 2008 – Christmas Lunch.

Saturday 27th December 2008 – End of year lunch

TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.97 released

The TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.97, a collection of over 100 Free/Open Source software for Windows is available for download.

TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.97

  • Date created : December 23rd, 2008
  • File name : ttcs_osswin_cd_v1.97.iso
  • File size : 690 MB (724,363,264 bytes)
  • MD5 checksum : cc6005d61b83b214d6d22e2f9a492ab7 / cc6005d6 1b83b214 d6d22e2f 9a492ab7
  • SHA-1 : d03e25a4 f8fa4790 1ed55996 e1b2291e b32d2ea6
  • SHA-256 : 9cd7e94c c8f8bf3a 58b8a710 7cc06f7b b8b8aafb 2bd3fd38 7507789a a0100d38

Changes from v1.96

  • updated : Abiword, 7-zip, Wikidpad, Tux Typing 2, TuxMath, Portable Puzzle Collection, GIMP, Blender, Mozilla Firefox, Filezilla, HTTrack Website Copier, Miranda IM, XAMPP Lite, VideoLAN, VirtualDub, InfraRecorder, Virtual Magnifying Glass, Truecrypt

Currently available at  Filefront mirror with other download mirrors to have it soon.

Ministry of Public Administration consultation on the management of .tt ccTLD on Wednesday December 17th – what are your thoughts for .tt?

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society has been invited by the Ministry of Public Administration (MPA) to  a consultation on the .tt country code Top Level Domain policy this Wednesday. From the text of the invitation :

“The .tt ccTLD is the country code top level domain for Trinidad and Tobago. A country code top level domain is an Internet top-level domain, generally used or reserved for a country or a dependent territory. ccTLD identifiers are two letters long, and currently all two-letter top-level domains are ccTLDs. Creation and delegation of ccTLDs is performed by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), and generally corresponds to the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country codes maintained by the United Nations.

In some countries they are very popular (.de is the most popular, second only to .com in number of registrations), less so in others. Some countries use the ccTLD as a revenue generator (.tv) while others use it as a national resource and for country branding (.uk, .au). In general, .tt is little known either inside or outside the country, and there has been little interest among most of the local Internet stakeholders in its use or policies.

The Trinidad and Tobago government has been working on a process to develop a plan for local policy development for the Trinidad and Tobago ccTLD Р.tt. It has been run for many years by the ttNIC (a local company), but the time has come to have a national consensus multi-stakeholder policy for the local management of this Internet resource, and an inclusive and transparent consultative process to get there.

The key objective of this consultation is to get the views of Internet stakeholders on the major policy issues that inform the management of the .tt ccTLD. Other objectives of this consultation include:

  • To present models for ccTLD management

  • To discuss guidelines and best practices for ccTLD management
  • To discuss potential for re-delegation of the .tt ccTLD from the current administrator (TTNIC)
  • To identify prioritised actions, processes and indicative schedules for developing the .tt ccTLD as a national resource”

There have been many posts on this to the TTCS discussion mailing list (scroll to the bottom of the page for the responses). Your thoughts?

TATT publishes list of approved telecom equipement for Trinidad and Tobago

The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) has published in November 2008 a 12 page list of telecommunications equipment that has been approved and certified for use in Trinidad and Tobago (PDF ; 124K).

Unsurprisingly, most common computer telecommunication equipment from bluetooth devices to wi-fi routers are “CLASS” licensed with no fees for use.

TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.96 available ; note regarding translations

The TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.96, a collection of over 100 Free/Open Source software for Windows is available for download.

  • Date created : November 19th, 2008
  • File name : ttcs_osswin_cd_v1.96.iso
  • File size : 689 MB (722,694,144 bytes)
  • MD5 checksum : 35da602a6687be450d44439a9acbab8a / 35da602a 6687be45 0d44439a 9acbab8a
  • SHA-1 : 85c32d4e d5fddbd8 a618e609 bef931dc ee6b8513
  • SHA-256 : ec06766f 439a4258 ffd2091a aaec9f97 a69e5f25 38843273 5e74d988 016e2591

Changes from v1.95

  • removed : Win9X version of Notepad2
  • updated : GanttProject, Notespad2, WinMerge, Wikidpad, Treeline, Portable Puzzle Collection, GIMP, Blender, Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, Filezilla, Miranda IM, Hmailserver, VideoLAN, ClamWin Free Antivirus, InfraRecorder, Truecrypt, Keepass.

The Filefront mirror has TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.96 ; other mirrors at https://www.ttcs.tt/osswin-cd/ should have the latest version soon.

Now, regarding translations, I’m aware that the TTCS OSSWIN CD is being translated in different languages. I’ll will be posting an article on how the CD interface is generated, and would make the source files available to those who wish to translate the CD.

CBS 60 Minutes on e-waste from the US to China

The CBS TV program 60 Minutes TV reports on the problem of electronic waste in the United States being illegally exported to places like Guiyu, a town in southern China.

Read the article here : http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/11/06/60minutes/main4579229.shtml

Watch the video here : http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=4586903n

It is (or definitely will be) a problem in Trinidad and Tobago given our growing use of computers and cell phones. What happens to our e-waste in Trinidad and Tobago?

(Hat Tip : Boing Boing Gadgets )