Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society lime on Wednesday April 18th, 2018 from 7 to 9:30 pm; please RSVP!

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS ; http://ttcs.tt) will be having a lime on Wednesday April 18th 2018 from 7pm to 9:30 pm at Wendy’s Cafe located upstairs at Wendy’s Restaurant at the corner of Ana Street & Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook, Port of Spain.

Come join us 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.

Introducing TTCS OSSWIN online – a online resource of Free and Open Source Software (#FOSS) for Windows

Screencast of the TTCS OSSWIN online web UI

Check out TTCS OSSWIN online at http://ttcsosswin.ttcs.tt/

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society is pleased to announce TTCS OSSWIN online, an online resource of Free and Open Source Software for Microsoft Windows 10/8/7.

The web-based interface allows you to quickly browse the variety of software organised into the following categories:

  • Desktop Applications
  • Educational
  • Games
  • Graphics
  • Internet
  • Server
  • Sound and Video
  • Utilities

Each program has information about on what the program does, a screenshot or a video showing the program in action, and to find a link to the program’s website to download and install the program.

In essence it is the same web interface from the TTCS OSSWIN project (which makes the collection of Free and Open Source Software for Windows as a 4GB download, along with a web based interface) – the key difference being that no installers are shown, just the link to the program’s website.

The web-based interface for TTCS OSSWIN online was redesigned to take advantage of modern web standards (HTML5, CSS3) and should be usable on Windows 10 touchscreen tablets and on mobile / tablet devices such as iPhone, iPad and Android. So you can browse the TTCS OSSWIN collection on any device.

TTCS OSSWIN online on Apple iPad

Check out TTCS OSSWIN online at http://ttcsosswin.ttcs.tt/ . This is a volunteer project by the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS). If you want to help with this project with suggested Free and Open Source programs, improving the software descriptions, contributing images or videos, please email the TTCS at [email protected]

 

 

 

 

Introducing the all new TTCS OSSWIN 2.0, a collection of Free and Open Source Software for Windows available for download with an all new web user interface and video clips of various programs

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society is pleased to announce the release of the TTCS OSSWIN v2.00, a collection of the latest version of Free and Open Source Software for Microsoft Windows 10/8/7.

You can use your web browser to read detailed information about each program in this compilation : what the program does, view a screenshot or video of the program, and to find links to the program’s website and to download/install the program from the TTCS OSSWIN collection.

The web-based interface allows you to quickly browse the variety of software organised into the following categories:

  • Desktop Applications
  • Educational
  • Games
  • Graphics
  • Internet
  • Server
  • Sound and Video
  • Utilities

The web-based interface was redesigned to take advantage of modern web standards (HTML5, CSS3) and should be usable on Windows 10 touchscreen tablets. Also, the web UI attempts to autodetect whether your machine is running a 32 bit version of Windows or a 64 bit version of Windows to offer the appropriate installer so you can install programs as quickly as possible and browse the programs in the various software categories quickly.

In addition, several programs have screencasts with sound to give the user a better idea of the program capabilities.

Visit the TTCS OSSWIN page at https://www.ttcs.tt/osswin for more details and to download the collection as an ISO file for extracting to your harddrive or USB storage device or for burning on to a DVD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flow Trinidad announces broadband rate increases to take effect March 1 2018

Flow banner from https://discoverflow.co/trinidad/internet/broadband-rates-increase

Flow Trinidad has announced that from March 1st 2018, that the prices of several of its broadband packages will be increased.  This comes after Flow’s residential packages received a free speed upgrade in December 2017

Summary of changes to come March 1 2018:

  • The pricing of Flow’s Basic, Essential, Plus and Max packages increase from $136.95, $219.99, $293.47, $391.29 to $142, $234, $320, $410, an increase by $5.05, $14.01, $26.53 and $18.71 TT dollars respectively, VAT included at the same speeds as per the December 2017 speed upgrade.
  • Flow’s Turbo package increases from by $70.01 TT dollars to $600 but gets a speed boost from 200Mbps down / 25 Mbps up to 300Mbps / 30 Mbps.
  • Flow’s Ultra Package of 300Mbps down / 30Mbps up at $699.99 is replaced with Flow’s Turbo package at $600 TT.

Here’s a table of the announced changes coming March 1 2018

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Agenda for the Trinidad and Tobago Internet Governance Forum on Friday January 26 2018

The second annual Trinidad and Tobago Internet Governance Forum (TTIGF ; http://igf.tt/) will be held on Friday 26th January 2018 from 9am to 5pm 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.

The TTIGF 2018 agenda is available online which includes panel sessions on the following locally relevant Internet Governance issues:

Digital Financial Services (DFS)

Digital Financial Services (DFS) will focus on the current state of DFS in Trinidad and Tobago, what other services can be provided and how DFS can facilitate digital inclusion.

Panelists

  • Zaf Rahaman – Owner & Founder, Forward Multimedia
  • Glynis Alexander-Tam – General Manager, InfoLink Services Ltd
  • Aldwyn Wayne – CEO, WiPay
  • Shernon Osepa – Manager, Regional Affairs, Latin America & Caribbean Bureau, ISOC
  • Rabindra Jaggernauth – Director, TTMAG (Moderator)

Gender Activism Online

Gender Activism Online will focus on the ways that the Internet is being used by local, regional and international activists to involve people in their campaigns, to share stories, to fund raise, and support their work in many other ways.

Panelists

  • Jason Jones, Esquire – Human Rights Defender
  • Ian Royer – Social Media Consultant, Anansi Tales Marketing
  • Attilah Springer – Gender Activist
  • Sue Ann Barratt – Lecturer, Institute for Gender and Development Studies, UWI
  • Jacqueline Morris – Director, TTMAG (Moderator)

Blockchain (Distributed Ledger Technology)

Blockchain or Distributed Ledger Technology, will focus on the importance of this technology, its applications, potential, and limits. Panelists will discuss the potential impact, both positive and negative, on our society as a whole.

Panelists

  • Randall DeFreitas – Manager, Risk Assurance, EY
  • Peter George, Chairman, Bitt
  • Nigel Romano – CEO, JMMB
  • Glenn McKnight – Director, ISOC
  • Ajmal Nazir – Director, TTMAG (Moderator)

Open Forum

The 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.

Planning to attend TTIGF in person or remotely?

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 and there may be last minute cancellations by persons that registered.

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

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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 [email protected]! 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.