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Vol. 2, No. 1,
January 15, 2000

* What's Going On? Word From the Board

The following information is based on Committee reports submitted to the Board for their December 16, 1999 meeting.

Help Desk Committee:

On average the number of e-mail messages to Help Desk for the period of November 15 till Dec 15 1999 were approximately 40-45 messages. Broken down they were:
  • seven emails from the System Adminstrator advising about PPP/Member/Telnet account expiries.
  • approximately 35 questions (pertaining mostly of Member and PPP setup and how-to questions).
  • Email messages from happy, very valued, members.

IT / PAT Commitees:

Kerby Centre -- Our terminals will be moved into another room. The current room is a Lab where Kerby classes are also held, making it difficult to help internet users.

Old Y Centre -- Canada West is no longer sponsoring the Old Y's phone line connection and has had it disconnected. To keep this PAT site we would have to have the line reconnected and pay for it. The Old Y houses a number of non-profit organizations at inexpensive rent rates.

Milican-Ogden Family Resource Centre -- The new PAT site is up and running. Quite acceptable performance with 4 Pentium 166 terminals concurrently accessing Internet through our router and modems.

Golden Age Club -- Two graphical terminals, router and printer have been set up. The phone line still needs to be activated.

Schizophrenia Society -- The PAT site is up and running with three graphical terminals and a printer. An IT Committee volunteer gave a two hour training session to staff and clients. Some equipment at this PAT site belongs to the Schizophrenia Society.

Modem Rack Upgrade -- Don Ingram is obtaining information on upgrade alternatives and submitted some preliminary information to the IT Committee.

Office Equipment -- Moved filing cabinet, files, fax machine etc. from University of Calgary storage space to Library office location. University IT office recycled the computer equipment considered unusable. The move was prompted by the University needing the room for courses.

Donation -- Evaluated a donation of 10 CPUs, 10 Keyboards and 4 serial mice from Sphere Energy Corp for possible use by CCNA.

Information Provider Committee:

A volunteer lawyer has been contacted to review our current User agreement. The IP Committee is also working on updating our brochure.

Fund Raising Committee:

Calgary Foundation -- We have been notified that we have received $10,000.00 from the Calgary Foundation to assist in administering the Central Library PAT site. The presentation ceremony will be held January 10, 2000 at the 4th floor, Central Library PAT site.

The Calgary Community Lottery Board Grant was approved to purchase 56k modems for PAT sites. This would mean upgrading the sites at no additional costs to the Society.

Kahanoff -- Received a $15,000 cheque from Kahanoff Foundation.

Max Bell Foundation -- A report has been sent to the Max Bell Foundation with the expectation that contracted second year funds will be released.

VolNet has become a collaborative effort involving The Calgary Community Net, the Calgary Centre for Non-Profit Management, the Vocational Rehabilitatioin & Research Institute, Volunteer Calgary, the Calgary Community Adult Learning Association, and the Calgary Foundation. Our original proposal was submitted in August and was returned for revision. This project is much larger than originally conceived. Two hundred non-profit organizations are expected to be on-line in nine months, twenty percent of them rural.

OTHER NEWS

The University of Calgary is contracting out some of their technical services to Telus. If we were to agree to do this with our server, it would mean entering into a five year agreement. U of C are retaining their fee for service use to students and the university community. This would free up some 56k modems. We do have the Community Lottery Board Grant. In either case, we would have access to 56k modems.

Wendell Richards was appointed Board President.

Shirley's term of Executive Director, which expired December 31, 1999, was extended to the date of the Annual General Meeting (some time in May).

Jan Matya has indicated he cannot continue his treasurer's duties as he may be accepting an employment offer overseas. Rennu Jagdev has offered to fill this position.

Wanda Martin has resigned from her Board member position to focus more time on other CCNA volunteer duties.

FOR MORE NEWS AND DETAILS -- the minutes to Board meetings are available for membership viewing at the CCNA office (now located on the S.W. corner of the 4th floor of the Calgary Public Library's Central branch). A membership card must be presented.



HELP!

Want to help out?

Volunteer with the Calgary Community Network Association! For more information contact Shirley Barwise by phone (263-8080) or e-mail (office@calcna.ab.ca).



Donations Accepted and are Tax Deductable

We know that there are many people who have every intention of renewing their CCNA membership but have not gotten around to it. Please understand that we operate on a shoe-string budget.

Thanks to your support, Calgary Community Network Association is the success it is. However, our existence (and certainly the quality of what we bring to the community) is often threatened by shortfalls in revenue. On the other hand, a good renewal rate combined with other fundraising activities will allow us to grow and maintain an excellent level of service in terms of phone line availability, good public access, support and new features.

CCNA is a charitable organization. All donations made to CCNA receive tax deductable receipts.

We are NOT a government funded organization. We do everything we can to hold costs to a minimum, in the face of escalating expectations and some very real hard costs (eg. phone lines, staff salaries).

If you wish to make a donation, please add the amount of the donation to your membership payment.

Mail cheque money order or in person to:

Calgary Community Network Association
c/o W.R. Castell Library - 4th Floor
616 Macleod Trail S.E.
Calgary, AB T2G 2M2

VISA will be accepted by phone. Official receipts for your payment and donation will be mailed to you.


Keep the Calgary Community Network Association viable
-- please donate generously.



Is Your Computer Making You Sick and Tired?

*Many are discovering that prolonged computer use adversely affects the whole body. The body parts most commonly affected are the eyes, shoulders to hands, back, legs, and feet.

What can you do to reduce computer related injuries? You can get more information from the following links and read the book references listed below. These resources will give you "Quick Fix" tips which are simple solutions to common difficult problems. They will also refer to software that eases mental stress and strain as well as give physical and psychological benefits.

The most common problems discussed are: Eye strain, neck and back aches, headaches, wrist pain (carpal tunnel syndrome), RSI (repetitive strain injury), and ergonomics (well designed office furniture.(1),(2)

One more note: "Feet and ankle swelling are often caused by a weak venous system that has been overburdened from standing or even sitting for too long."(3)

Plan on having a safer and healthier year by learning some of these tips and researching the references.

REFERENCES

These references can be found at the Calgary Public Library:

(1) Harwin, Ronald, Healthy Computing - Risks and Remedies Every Computer-user Needs to Know, AMACOM, (1992): 20, 37, 48, 63.

(2) Sellers, Don, ZAP! How your computer can hurt you - and what you can do about it, Peachpit Press, (1994): 105.

(3) Siegfried Gursche MH, Encyclopedia of Natural Healing, Alive Publishing Inc., Burnaby, B.C., Canada, (1997) 683.

SEARCH ENGINE KEYWORDS

Here are some keyword phrase search engine results using Google.com:

Repetitive Strain Injury
  • Computer Related Repetitive Strain Injury
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries - The Hidden Cost of Computing
  • Guidelines for Preventing Computer-Related Repetitive Strain Injury in Children
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Medical Multimedia Group : Patient Education Materials
  • Computer Ergonomics
  • Computer Ergonomics
  • Ergonomics in Australia
  • Computer Safety
  • Tips To Reduce Computer-Related Health Problems

  • Paved with Good Intentions...

    *New Year's has come and gone. The world hasn't collapsed due to the Y2K bug. Did you make any New Year's resolutions?

    Decided you needed to exercise more this year? Why not join the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society when they have a fund-raiser by WALKING up the stairs inside the Calgary Tower later this spring?

    Hmm...
    That might be a bit too strenuous after all those holiday treats. How about checking out the University of Calgary Ballroom Dance Club for some dancing. Or see what's happening with Calgary Parks and Recreation. If these don't attract you, why not go exploring for other activities away from your beloved computer in CCNA's Calgary Non-Profit Organizations: Recreation/Sports.

    You DID just read the article how sitting too long in front of your computer can be harmful, yes? However, we at the CCNA Newsletter urge you to stay put long enough to finish reading our newsletter before heading off to move those arms and legs!

    Is your life just too hurried and rushed? Check out The Web of Simplicity and its related links to find out how to lead a simplified and uncluttered life.

    No clue what resolutions you did make due to too much partying? Why not read A Librarian's New Year's Resolutions. What? You DIDN'T make any at all!?! Here, hop overseas and read what others have rashly resolved to do over in the UK in The New Year's Page.

    Still no plans for the New Year? Well, a recent CCNA Web Page of the Day, Amuse-O-Matic 2000 New Year's Resolutions, lets you easily make a silly resolution. Aren't the silly ones the easiest to keep? My own silly resolution this year is to watch more Royal Canadian Air Farce just to remind myself how absurd life is. After all, life is too important to be serious all the time!





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    Did You Know?

    There is software available that helps alleviate eye strain and body stresses by periodically flashing a message reminding you to move your eyes off the screen or to get up and start moving. Download ScreamSaver's 30 day free demonstration software.



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    Hi there, Thanks for the newsletter, enjoy the holiday break and keep up the great work in 2000. John Belly [Dec. 21, 1999]


    CCNA Web Site -- A Popular Place to Visit
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