Software Freedom Day 2009 report

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) celebrated Software Freedom Day (SFD) 2009 with a series of activities in September, including scheduled presentations with giveaways and demonstrations of various aspects of Free and Open Source Software. Admission was FREE and CDs/DVDs of Free and Open Source Software were give to all attendees.  The activities involved outreach meetings involving booth displays at malls in Trinidad and Tobago as well as information sessions geared towards beginners, intermediates and software developers.

Booth Displays were done on

  • Saturday September 5th, 2009 – outreach meeting at Gulf City, Lowlands Mall, Tobago
  • Saturday September 12th, 2009 – outreach meeting at Long Circular Mall, Trinidad
Information Sessions were done on
  • Saturday September 19th, 2009 – “Open Minds, Open Source: For Beginners” at St Mary’s College, Port of Spain
  • Saturday September 26th, 2009 – “Exploring Open Source Possibilities: For Intermediates” session at St. Mary’s College, Port of Spain
  • Saturday October 3rd, 2009 – “Building with FLOS: Open Source for Developers” session geared for OSS developers

A great deal of planning sessions were done in 2009 and this planning work was documented on the wiki

Promotional Material

Promotional material was generated for the events including a number of flyers and a press release. Newspaper ads (2″ x 8″) were also done for the three daily newspapers.

Booth Displays/Outreach meetings

Venue for Tobago  : Gulf City, Lowlands Mall, Tobago on Sept 5th)
Venue for Trinidad : Long Circular Mall (available Sept 12th)

The booth displays involved three booths:
  • One table geared towards providing information about the TTCS and filling out membership forms online.
  • One tabled geared towards demonstrations of the OSSWIN Open Source CD
  • One table for the demonstration of Ubuntu and Netbooks

Members of the TTCS were able to distribute approximately 140 Ubuntu Cds, 140 OSSWin Cds, 250 Flyers and added 120 new members to our mailing list (see photos and videos section below).

Photos and Videos from SFD 2009 Events

Saturday September 5th, 2009 – outreach meeting at Gulf City, Lowlands Mall, Tobago

There was a good turnout ; we had 50 TTCS OSSWIN CDs & 50 Ubuntu CDs and towards the end, we had to burn 10 additional CDs and 5 additional Ubuntu CDs to give out. 220 flyers were given out and it was estimated that up to 200 patrons visited the TTCS booth at Gulf City, Lowlands Mall.

Pictures from TTCS SFD booth in Tobago Sept 5, 2009 are on Flickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/ttcs/sets/72157622259068670/ and on our TTCS Facebook Fan Page at http://bit.ly/2y6ja1

The hard-working TTCS group who made the Tobago booth happen http://www.flickr.com/photos/ttcs/3891335104/in/set-72157622259068670/

Saturday September 12th, 2009 – outreach meeting at Long Circular Mall, Trinidad

At Long Circular Mall, distributed about 140 Ubuntu CDs, 140 TTCS OSSWin CDs and 250 Flyers.

Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/knowprose/3916752900/in/photostream/

Photos Facebook TTCS Fan Page : http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=109053&id=69526139067

 

Saturday September 19th, 2009 – “Open Minds, Open Source: For Beginners

Facebook TTCS Fan Page : http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=111336&id=69526139067

Saturday September 26th, 2009 – “Exploring Open Source Possibilities: For Intermediates

Photos on Facebook TTCS Fan Page : http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=111819&id=69526139067

Saturday October 3rd, 2009 – “Building with FLOS: Open Source for Developers

http://www.flickr.com/photos/knowprose/tags/ttcs/

 

Summary of TTCS meetings in 2009

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.

Thursday February 12th, 2009- PizzaLime

Saturday February 21st, 2009 – TTCS Podcast 16

Recorded on Carnival Saturday, see https://www.ttcs.tt/2016/09/16/ttcs-podcasts-1-to-20-from-2005-to-2010 for shownotes and recordings.

Saturday 21st March 2009

Held at ENCO, we talked about

  • planning for Software Freedom Day 2009;
  • ideas for TTCS arising from the recently concluded ICANN Mexico meeting.

Saturday 28th March 2009 – Nintendo Balance Board/Wii Fit

Held at Handarnold, we tried the Wii Balance Board along with the Wii Fit game for the Nintendo Wii. The Wii Balance board is a peripheral device shaped like a household scale that measures a user’s weight and balance to interact with games.

Saturday 9th May 2009 – SFD2009 planning

planning session for Software Freedom Day 2009, planning for upcoming meeting on Windows 7, activities of TTCS within ICANN and discussion of other TTCS activities.

Wednesday 13th May 2009

Come join us as we eat and chat about :

Saturday May 16th, 2009 – Windows 7RC

Held at ENCO, we looked at the release candidate (RC) of Microsoft Windows 7 by installing Windows 7 RC on at least two machines.

Tuesday 16th June 2009

Held at Pizza Hut, VALSAYN,  we talked about:

Wednesday July 29th, 2009

Online meeting via Skype to discuss planning for Software Freedom Day 2009

Wednesday August 19 2009

Online meeting to finalise plans and the text for the letters for Software Freedom Day 2009.

Wednesday August 26th, 2009

Online meeting to finalise plans and the text for the letters for Software Freedom Day 2009.

Saturday September 5th, 2009 – SFD 2009 Tobago

The TTCS had its first Tobago event with a booth at the Gulf City Lowlands Mall, Tobago about Software Freedom on Saturday September 5th, 2009 from 10am to 5pm.

There was a good turnout ; we had 50 TTCS OSSWIN CDs & 50 Ubuntu CDs
and towards the end, we had to burn 10 additional CDs and 5 additional
Ubuntu CDs to give out. 220 flyers were given out and it was estimated
that up to 200 patrons visited the TTCS booth at Gulf City, Lowlands Mall.

Pictures from TTCS SFD booth in Tobago Sept 5, 2009 are on Flickr at
http://bit.ly/4DVAsi and on Facebook

The hard-working TTCS group who made the Tobago booth happen :
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ttcs/3891335104/in/set-72157622259068670/

Saturday September 12th, 2009

SFD booth at Long Circular Mall, Trinidad. Distributed about 140 Ubuntu CDs, 140 TTCS OSSWin CDs and 250 Flyers.

Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/knowprose/3916752900/in/photostream/

Photos Facebook TTCS Fan Page : http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=109053&id=69526139067

 

Saturday September 19th, 2009 – “Open Minds, Open Source: For Beginners

SFD Information Session on “Open Minds, Open Source: For Beginners” at St Mary’s College, Port of Spain.

Facebook TTCS Fan Page : http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=111336&id=69526139067

Saturday September 19th, 2009 – “Exploring Open Source Possibilities: For Intermediates”

SFD Information Session on “Exploring Open Source Possibilities: For Intermediates

Photos on Facebook TTCS Fan Page : http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=111819&id=69526139067

Saturday October 3rd, 2009 – “Building with FLOS: Open Source for Developers

Our 3rd information session on SFD 2009 “Building with FLOS: Open Source for Developers”

https://www.flickr.com/photos/knowprose/tags/ttcs/

Saturday 10th October 2009

Did an analysis of our recently concluded Software Freedom Day meetings for 2009, and ideas/planning for future non-SFD TTCS activities.

Tuesday December 8 2009 – Windows 7

TTCS recently attended in a meeting on Tuesday, December 8 to learn more about Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 7 (http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/ttcs/message/24708).

Once the room was filled, about 5:30 P.M., the meeting commenced. The audience, which numbered roughly fifteen persons, ranged from TTCS veterans to a few new faces. We were welcomed by the affable Pradeep Raman, General Manager of Microsoft Trinidad, who introduced himself and shared a bit about his background.

He then introduced the evening’s presenter, the confident and articulate Microsoft Technology Specialist, Jonathan Jagai. The presentation, “What’s New In Windows 7”, was moderately technical, and covered several new features of Microsoft latest operating system.

Jonathan initially gave a broad overview of new Windows 7 features, then went into more depth with each feature. The slides showed the customer feedback upon which new features were designed and implemented. A brief explanation of the underlying technology was given. Where possible, the feature was demonstrated in Windows 7.

Some features covered included:
* DirectAccess, which seamlessly provided intranet connectivity to users when they connected to the Internet
* BranchCache, which reduced network traffic on WANs
* Windows XP Mode, which transparently ran Windows XP applications in a virtual environment

Several new features of the Aero interface were also demonstrated, including the Aero Peek, Aero Snap and Aero Shake, among others. Aero’s eye candy was rivaled only by the PowerPoint 2010 graphics.

Far from being XP with an Aero interface, Windows 7 was designed from the ground up with security, usability and stability in mind.

After the hour-long presentation was concluded, a number of questions were fielded and answered thoughtfully by the presenter. Refreshments were provided afterwards and the evening’s gathering concluded around eight o’clock.

A free 90-day trial for Windows 7 Enterprise is available from TechNet:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/cc442495.aspx

Trinidad and Tobago Wi-Fi hotspots

Person using laptop (stock photo from pexels.com)

 

The following is a list of venues such as restaurants and hotels (in no particular order) where internet access via Wi-Fi is known to be available to patrons and visitors to these estabishments. Details on how to configure your laptop to connect to these Wi-Fi networks should be obtained from the restaurant/hotel. Some restaurants/hotels may charge a fee for Wi-Fi internet access. [A map (volunteers needed to update this) is also available to clarify locations.]

(Last updated: 14 September 2016)

Public WiFi Hotspots

    • Bmobile’s Bzone
      TSTT offers WiFi hotspots at various locations for free to bmobile and Blink Broadband customers. See the list of Bzone locations throughout Trinidad and Tobago. Bmobile and Blink Broadband customers must register at http://bzone.tstt.co.tt/ to access Bzone hotspots.

TTWifi

      An initiative by the Trinidad and Tobago Government to provide free WiFi Internet access to public spaces, beginning with WiFi Internet service on several Public Transportation Service Corporation (PTSC) buses. See the

TTWifi page

      for the list of locations and their

FAQ page

    .

 

Hotels

  • Piarco Airport, Trinidad
  • Kapok Hotel
  • Hilton Hotel, Trinidad
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel, Trinidad
  • The Normandie Hotel, Trinidad
  • The Chancellor Hotel, Trinidad
  • Cara Suites, Trinidad
  • Marriott Hotel, Trinidad
  • Paria Suites, Trinidad

Libraries

  • National Library Building, Port of Spain
  • Carnegie Public Library
  • Point Fortin Public Library
  • St. Helena Public Library
  • Sangre Grande Public Library

Restaurants

Several

TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.99c available for download

The TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.99c (a CD of open source software for Windows) is available for download.

TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.99c Changelog :

  • Date created : July 27th, 2009
  • File name : ttcs_osswin_cd_v1.99c.iso
  • File size : 698 MB (732,170,240 bytes)
  • MD5 checksum : c323fc85d82ef26612942664d9b9ed4b / c323fc85 d82ef266 12942664 d9b9ed4b
  • SHA-1 : c3c81687 f2b146da abe64ed7 1718c590 941e04fe
  • SHA-256 : 84f04bf9 fcf2ba08 ee03ca45 bfff454f 22f78541 06bec39f 09795497 b6cc7c53

Changes from v1.99a

  • removed : Neverball, Enigma
  • updated : Notepad2, Sumatra PDF, WinMerge, TuxPaint, Tux Typing 2, Celestia, Childsplay, Portable Puzzle Collection, Sokoban YASC, Blender, Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, Filezilla, Halite, HTTrack Website Copier, Miranda IM, VideoLAN, ClamWin AntiVirus, UltraVNC, Truecrypt, KeePass
A detailed list of the software and versions on the TTCS OSSWIN CD can be found at https://www.ttcs.tt/osswin-cd/#softwareoncd
Two more games removed to cater for the increased file sizes of Celestia and the TuxPaint stamp collection.  Goodness, and Software Freedom Day 2009 is just around the corner, if a v2.0 is to appear before then.

Govt of Trinidad and Tobago releases Consultative Document for the Policy on Cinema Exhibition and Video Entertainment

The Government of Trinidad and Tobago (GoRTT) has released a “Consultative Document for the Policy on Cinema Exhibition and Video Entertainment in Trinidad and Tobago.” (PDF ; 671K) in May 2009

The proposed policy “is targeted to the proprietors/ businessmen, administrators and law makers involved in providing availability to, and regulation of such availability of, film and video entertainment products to the public of Trinidad and Tobago.” and applicable “..to all persons exhibiting, intending to exhibit or otherwise making available motion pictures, video games or any form of video entertainment via rental, sale or arcades to the general public.”

(Update 18th May 2009 : The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society has open a wiki page (Note link is to a saved version of the wiki page as a PDF) to gather answers to the questions asked in the document. If you have never used the TTCS wiki, you can request access to the TTCS wiki and once added, you can edit the TTCS wiki page)

(Update: On June 30th, 2009, the TTCS submitted its comments : TTCS Comments on Consultative Document on Draft Policy for Video and Cinema.pdf

In this proposed policy, the GoRTT states the following policy positions :

  • The current mechanism for censorship of material is unwieldy and impractical in the contemporary setting. In the interest of encouraging personal choice of the consumer, the Government proposes to introduce a rating classification system which will guide the content of the motion picture and video entertainment product.
  • Accordingly the framework should be focused on content regulation and/or management in the interest of protecting the citizenry (and especially minors) from unwanted or unexpected exposure to harmful, distasteful or socially malignant content. Such regulation shall include all forms of motion picture (film, videocassette, DVD, etc.) and/or video entertainment products (commercials, electronic games etc.), and auxiliary materials associated with the marketing and release of such products.
  • In an environment of continued convergence of information and communications technologies, and the new channels and media thereby facilitated, it is essential that the framework is technology neutral;
  • Where there are gaps in the overall legislative framework, or where it is necessary to provide clarity for applicability herein, the framework shall defer to parent frameworks associated with the maintenance of public safety and the preservation of public order.
  • The framework will support easy entry into the industry of video entertainment sales or rental service providers, reducing regulatory overhead as much as possible in this area of activity which has neither control of supply nor market dominance, considering the multiple channels by which these products can be obtained. In that regard, regulation will be limited to that which is sufficient to ensure compliance with the content management provisions pursuant to (2) above.
  • To facilitate this function, the Government proposes to convert the Film Censors Board to a sectoral regulatory body: – the Film and Video Review Authority to –
    1. Classify film and video entertainment products, as well as auxiliary marketing paraphernalia (posters, advertisements etc.);
    2. Licence Exhibitors;
    3. Licence Exhibition Venues
    4. Undertake to inspect operations of Exhibitors and Proprietors to ensure adherence to the provisions of this Policy;
    5. Develop codes of practice in conjunction with Exhibitors and Proprietors; and
    6. Advise the Minister on recommended regulatory instruments and orders to support the management of the regulatory framework herein established.

The deadline for comments to  the GoRTT is June 30th, 2009 (updated June 15, 2009)  May 30th, 2009. View/Download

TTCS pizzalime on TUESDAY June 16th, 2009

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) will be having a pizzalime on Tuesday 16th June 2009 from 7 pm to 9pm at Pizza Hut, VALSAYN.

Come join us as we eat and chat about :

  • the Policy on Cinema Exhibition & Video Entertainment in Trinidad and Tobago. http://bit.ly/7i42G
  • the “Boosting ICT in the Dominican Republic” event on June 4th-5th, which the TTCS attended. http://is.gd/O4BC
  • the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) 35th public meeting being held in Sydney, Australia (http://syd.icann.org/) on June 21st-26th, 2009. The Secretariat from the Latin American and the Caribbean Regional At-Large Organisation (LACRALO ; http://lacralo.org/) from the TTCS will be attending.
  • gaming news from E3 2009 : http://bit.ly/Z3s6V
  • news from Apple WWDC 2009 : http://is.gd/WqD5
  • Software Freedom Day 2009

Contribution of $30 towards the food bill is expected. Anyone interested in computing are welcome to attend.

See you there!

Data Protection Bill 2009

The Data Protection Bill 2009 was introduced in the House of Representatives in January 2009 which was identical to the Data Protection Bill 2008 that lapsed in the previous session of Parliament.

Following concerns raised by the Opposition, the Bill was referred to a Joint Select Committee in February 2009. The Joint Select Committee Report was laid on May 15 2009. However, the Bill lapsed with the end of the Parliament session in January 8 2010.

 

Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Windows Server 2008 SP2 released

Microsoft has releases Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 for download.

Download :

The 32 bit versions of Windows Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2 are combined in one standalone installer. Likewise for the 64 bit versions of Vista SP2 and Server 2008 SP2.

Read more at Vista Service Pack 2 at Microsoft TechNet . You must have Vista SP1 installed in order to install Vista SP2

Read more about Windows Server 2008 SP2 at Microsoft TechNet.

More details about Windows Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2 at the Windows blog .

(Hat Tip : OSnews.com)

Electronic Transactions Bill 2009

The Electronic Transactions Bill 2009 was introduced to the House of Representatives in January 2009.

Following concerns raised by the Opposition, the Bill was referred to a Joint Select Committee in February 2009. The Joint Select Committee Report was laid on May 15 2009. However, the Bill lapsed with the end of the Parliament session in January 8 2010.

TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.99a released

The TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.99a (a CD of open source software for Windows) is available for download.

Changelog :

  • Date created : May 17th, 2009
  • File name : ttcs_osswin_cd_v1.99a.iso
  • File size : 695 MB (728,850,432 bytes)
  • MD5 checksum : 35d478553621b9691e1235b0bfb04eb9 / 35d47855 3621b969 1e1235b0 bfb04eb9
  • SHA-1 : 1a5b2452 b646f16d 1561e45b c3b77812 5406ee50
  • SHA-256 : 3733e730 138a5c61 b1a72972 aadf2d91 fd87436e 3dc59b1e abf40256 c9d85d86

Changes from v1.98b

  • removed : SuperTux, CrackAttack, tsWebeditor
  • updated : OpenOffice.org, Treeline, Maxima, Portable Puzzle Collection, Sokoban YASC, Dia, Mozilla Firefox, Filezilla, Miranda IM, XAMPP Lite, Hmailserver, PDFCreator, ClamWin AntiVirus, UltraVNC, Truecrypt, AutoHotkey

What happened to v1.99? It was released, but before the changelog and website was updated, it was discovered that some of the webpages were not included. So if you managed to download v1.99, my apologies.

Three more programs were removed to cater for the increased size of OpenOffice.org v3.1.0. A reminder to work on the webpage interface before 2.00 is released.