TTCS OSSWIN DVD 1.55, collection of Free and Open Source Software for Windows, available for download

The web based UI of the TTCS OSSWIN DVD
The web based UI of the TTCS OSSWIN DVD

 

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society is pleased to announce the release of the TTCS OSSWIN DVD v1.55, a collection of the latest version of Free and Open Source Software for Microsoft Windows (XP/Vista/7/8/10) and available for download.

Our collection features a web based interface for browsing programs organised into several categories:  Desktop Applications, Educational, Games, Graphics, Internet, Server, Sound and Video and Utilities.

For TTCS OSSWIN DVD v1.55, the program SuperTux was added to the collection. Lots of software updates from the LibreOffice 5.0.4, Mozilla Firefox 43.0.2 and Virtualbox 5.0.12, 7-zip 15.12 and XAMPP 7.0.

See the changelog for more details.

Visit the TTCS OSSWIN DVD page at http://www.ttcsweb.org/osswin-dvd/ for more details and to download the DVD as an ISO file for burning onto a DVD or extracting to your harddrive or USB storage device.

WhatsApp blocked in Brazil ; now restored. Why did this happen?

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Image of WhatsApp logo and Brazil flag.  Image credit: Hackread

On December 16 2015, a Brazil court ordered Internet providers in Brazil to block the popular WhatsApp messaging service in Brazil for 48 hours. The suspension was lifted following an successful court appeal with WhatsApp service to Brazil being restored on December 17 2015.

Taisa Sganzerla has written an great article on GlobalVoices on why this happened. An excerpt:
“…In July and August 2015, Brazilian judiciary officials ordered WhatsApp to release personal data of users who were being investigated by the Federal Police. But WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, refused to release the data, according to the São Paulo Court of Appeals press release.

On December 16, the Brazilian Prosecutor’s Office responded by ordering telecommunications providers to block WhatsApp altogether, affecting what the company estimates to be 100 million users in Brazil………The blocking motion was authorized by judge Sandra Regina Nostre Marques, who based her decision on a provision of Marco Civil, Brazil’s so-called “Bill of Rights” for the Internet. The law establishes rules on network neutrality, privacy, data retention and intermediary liability, among other issues, and was approved by President Dilma Rousseff in April 2014.

The Marco Civil also allows state authorities to place sanctions on foreign Internet companies that refuse to comply with Brazilian legislation. As noted in Article 12 of the law, authorities can impose warnings, fines and temporary suspension of a company’s services or activities. These penalties can be implemented only with a judge’s approval.”

Read the full GlobalVoices article “WhatsApp blocked in Brazil ; now restored. But Why?”

 

TTCS end of year lime on Wednesday December 16 2015 from 7pm ; please RSVP!

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The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society will be having its end of year lime on Wednesday December 16 2015 from 7pm at Island Beer Chill and Grill at One Woodbrook Place, Port of Spain.

Come join as we eat and chat about various ICT topics. Anyone interested in computing and ICT are welcome to attend.
Please RSVP to [email protected] as space is limited.

It is anticipated that the contribution per person for this event is around $150 TT.

We look forward to seeing you.

Season Greetings!

Security updates available for Adobe Flash Player for Windows, MacOS X & Linux (December 8 2015) ; update ASAP or remove if not needed

Adobe Flash Player logo

Adobe Flash has a security update. According to the Adobe security bulletin dated December 8 2015:

“Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player.  These updates address critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.

And this update patches a LOT of security vulnerabilities. Many conferencing solutions (like Adobe Connect) and Flash games use the Flash plugin. So if you have Adobe Flash installed, UPDATE ASAP!

However, consider uninstalling Flash if you’re not using it. If you were only using Adobe Flash to watch YouTube videos, YouTube now defaults to HTML5 instead of Adobe Flash for playing videos in Google Chrome, IE 11, Apple Safari 8 and Mozilla Firefox. So you can uninstall Adobe Flash if you are using these browsers (and not worry about keeping Adobe Flash up to date).

The latest update bumps the latest version of Flash Player for Windows and Mac OS X to version 20.0.0.235 and for Internet Explorer for Windows to 20.0.0.228.

To determine what version of the Adobe Flash player you have on your Windows, Macintosh or Linux system, visit
http://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/

To download an offline version of Adobe Flash Player for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux without any adware or bundled third-party offers, visit
http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/distribution3.html

(Sadly, Adobe will be removing http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/distribution3.html page in January 2016 which will make it harder to get an ad-free installer. Another incentive to uninstall Flash?)

Opera and Chromium browser users, you’ll have to download the flash player installer from http://www.adobe.com/go/getflash.

Windows users should take note that

  • the Flash Player in Microsoft Internet Explorer v9 and earlier versions of Internet Explorer,
  • the Flash player in web browsers like Mozilla Firefox and Safari.
  • the Flash player in web browsers in Chromium and Opera.

are separate installs. You should install and update versions of Adobe Flash for all three browser variations if you have all three installed.

For Internet Explorer v10 and Internet Explorer v11 (for users for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows 8), these browsers have Adobe Flash Player built-in and users should update their Internet Explorer browser versions.

For Microsoft Edge, the default browser in Windows 10, this browser has Adobe Flash Player built in and users should update their Edge browser.

Google Chrome browser users has Adobe Flash Player built-in and users should update the Google Chrome browser to the latest version.
See https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95414 on how to do so.

Google Maps can show traffic conditions when getting driving directions in Trinidad & Tobago

Google Maps can show the traffic conditions when using Google Maps to find directions in Trinidad and Tobago. When you search for directions between two (or more) locations, Google will show several colour coded routes.

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To see the traffic conditions, click on the blue “DETAILS” for one of the routes, this will bring up a toolbar at the bottom of the map with the words “Live Traffic” which is a dropdown and a colour code gradient of traffic conditions from fast to slow and a greyed out toggle indicating that the live traffic is turned off.

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Turning on the toggle changes the colour to blue and turns on the traffic conditions for various streets. You can also switch the map to show typical traffic patterns by clicking on “Live Traffic” and selecting “Typical Traffic”

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The toolbar changes to allow you to show the traffic conditions at various days from Sunday to Saturday and at varying times.

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Articles

Here are several miscellaneous computer related articles, opinions and essays by fellow TTCS members. If you wish to contribute an article, email us at [email protected]

Note : Any opinions expressed by contributors are not necessarily that of the TTCS.


 

Trinidad and Tobago Tech Groups and Email lists

ICT-related Laws and Policies in Trinidad and Tobago

Computer Suppliers in Trinidad and Tobago

All Purpose Windows troubleshooting and upgrading USB or DVD drive

History of Bulletin Board Systems (BBSes) in Trinidad and Tobago

Rules for the TTCS discussion list

Trinidad and Tobago Wi-Fi hotspots

History of the Society of Computer Users (SCU) from 1990 to 1996

Interview with the TTNIC administrator

Windows XP Service Pack 2

Year 2000

 

 

 

 

Security updates available for Adobe Flash Player for Windows, MacOS X & Linux (November 10 2015) ; update ASAP or remove if not needed

Adobe Flash Player logo

Adobe Flash has a security update. According to the Adobe security bulletin dated November 10 2015:

“Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player.  These updates address critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.

Many conferencing solutions (like Adobe Connect) and Flash games use the Flash plugin. So if you have Adobe Flash installed, UPDATE ASAP!

However, consider uninstalling Flash if you’re not using it. If you were only using Adobe Flash to watch YouTube videos, YouTube now defaults to HTML5 instead of Adobe Flash for playing videos in Google Chrome, IE 11, Apple Safari 8 and Mozilla Firefox. So you can uninstall Adobe Flash if you are using these browsers (and not worry about keeping Adobe Flash up to date).

The latest update bumps the latest version of Flash Player for Windows and Mac OS X to version 19.0.0.245.

To determine what version of the Adobe Flash player you have on your Windows, Macintosh or Linux system, visit
http://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/

To download an offline version of Adobe Flash Player for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux without any adware or bundled third-party offers, visit
http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/distribution3.html

Opera and Chromium browser users, you’ll have to download the flash player installer from http://www.adobe.com/go/getflash.

Windows users should take note that

  • the Flash Player in Microsoft Internet Explorer v9 and earlier versions of Internet Explorer,
  • the Flash player in web browsers like Mozilla Firefox and Safari.
  • the Flash player in web browsers in Chromium and Opera.

are separate installs. You should install and update versions of Adobe Flash for all three browser variations if you have all three installed.

For Internet Explorer v10 and Internet Explorer v11 (for users for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows 8), these browsers have Adobe Flash Player built-in and users should update their Internet Explorer browser versions.

For Microsoft Edge, the default browser in Windows 10, this browser has Adobe Flash Player built in and users should update their Edge browser.

Google Chrome browser users has Adobe Flash Player built-in and users should update the Google Chrome browser to the latest version.
See https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95414 on how to do so.

Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG) & Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (LACNIC) “Caribbean on the Move” event from Nov 2 to 6 2015 – watch the livestream

CaribNOG 10 poster

The Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG) and LACNIC will be jointly hosting CaribNOG’s 10th Regional Meeting and LACNIC Caribbean on the Move at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City, Belize, from Nov 2nd to 6th 2015.

A key objective of CaribNOG is to better position the Caribbean to address critical technology challenges and issues and to collaboratively derive relevant solutions. CaribNOG 10 is expected to draw industry experts from across the region and around the world to the beautiful country of Belize.

CaribNOG is a critical forum on the region’s technology landscape for rich technical discussions where we seek to better position the Caribbean to address critical technology challenges and issues and to collaboratively derive relevant solutions. LACNIC Caribbean on the move consists of seminars on LACNIC services, Internet number resources and Internet Governance.

The Agenda of CaribNOG 10 can be found here:
http://www.lacnic.net/en/web/eventos/otm-2015-belice-agenda

And you can watch the livestream at http://webcast.arkitechs.com/c10/

Note that the times on the agenda are the times in Belize. So add two hours to the CaribNOG 10 / LACNIC Caribbean on the move agenda to get the local time in Trinidad and Tobago.

 

 

Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society lime on November 4 2015 from 7 to 9pm ; please RSVP!

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The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS ; http://cs.tt) will be having a lime on Wednesday November 4 2015 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 as we eat and chat about various ICT topics including:

Anyone interested in computing and ICT are welcome to attend, however please RSVP to [email protected] as space is limited.

Please note that for this meeting, you will be able to purchase food directly from Wendy’s at your own expense. The minimum contribution to TTCS for this meeting is $20.