The year 2000
CCNA Annual General Meeting:
May 24, 2000
University of Calgary
Professional Faculties Buildings (See MAP!)
Faculty of Law Building
Moot Court (Room 2370)
Vote for Board members.
Share CCNA History!
There's still time to send in your favorite It could be something or someone you discovered on the Internet -- a helpful moment -- or an event that made you laugh, or feel proud, or glad that the Community Net was there.
Community-Net / Free-Net remembrance!
E-mail your tale to the CCNA Newsletter Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The best stories will be included in the May 15th issue.
In the Beginning
Dateline July, 1993, the Canada West Foundation initiated the grass-roots movement to build the Calgary Free-Net Association. The first organizational meeting was held in November. All the committee members and Directors were volunteers, however, plans called for the eventual hiring of three full-time staff members.
How the CCNA Got Started
At the time there were 150 BBS systems. (See Where Have All the BBS' Gone? further in this issue!) The focus of the Free-Net was to provide Calgarians access to these information networks, to show the usefulness of this new technology, and to give organizations a cost effective way of promoting themselves.
Testing, testing . . .
By October 15, 1994, the Calgary Free-Net had nearly 350 members ready to test run the new system. The server (RS/6000) was provided by IBM. Modems for were provided by the University of Calgary, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, and HomeNet. Later, Capella Networking gave discounts on equipment such as rack-mount modems, terminal servers and a router.
* Canada West Foundation
* Distress Centre
* Calgary Status of Women Action Committee
Business to offer Discounts to Members:
* Hasmarc Computers
Look at Us . . .
A luncheon for 50 was held. The Honourable Jon M. Gerrard, Federal Minister for Science, Research and Development gave a speech enthusing on how knowledge - which had been the purview of the elite few - would increasingly become available to everyone. Dr. David Elton, of the Canada West Foundation, then introduced the Calgary Free-Net.
Booths were set-up at Chinook Mall's Science and Technology Week and at the annual computer show held at the Round-Up Centre.
A 10 minute animated and live action video was produced by Keith Henning and the staff at Keizeus Pictures to promote the Calgary Free-Net and to introduce Calgarians to the concept of the Information Super-Highway.
More to come . . .
In the next issue view the history highlights of the CCNA including the first Board members and why our name was changed from Free-Net to Community-Net!
When the CCNA started out as the Calgary Free-Net in 1994 the Internet was in its infancy and the BBS (Bulletin Board System) was the norm. The Calgary Free-Net initial project report had this to say about the BBS system:
The number of Electronic Bulletin Board systems that are currently
in operation in Canada is increasing daily. In essence, tracking
down the information that is being distributed currently would be
a full-time occupation in and of itself. For those who are trying
to distribute their information using electronic bulletin boards
there is the problem of how to make your service known to as many
people as possible. The fragmented nature of this system impedes
attempts to distribute the information and inhibits those who are
seeking the information from finding it.
BBSs are still around. As a self-contained on-line community, the traditional BBS is accessed via direct dial-up using your modem. Recently, BBSs became accessible via the Internet via the Telnet process. (See the CCNA News October 1, 1999 Did You Know? for information on how to Telnet.)
There are advantages to creating and using a BBS over a web page or the Internet. For example, businesses are providing services and hobbyists are sharing and expanding their information.
Do you like meeting new people? If so, here is the volunteer position for YOU.
PUBLIC ACCESS TERMINAL (PAT)
- Calgary Public Library 616 Macleod Trail S.E.
- Minimum shift 3.5 hrs. Monday, Tuesday,Wednesday 5:00 to 8:30 PM
- to provide the Calgary Community with public access to information networks and to educate the public in the use and value of information technology.
For further details please contact Dusica, PAT Co-ordinator:
Tel: (403) 263-8080 or Fax: (403) 263-8083,
your creative side!
The Newsletter Committee is looking for a few inquisitive minds.
At the May 24 Annual General Meeting the current newsletter group will be moving on to other adventures. The opportunity is wide open for anyone interested in keeping the Calgary Community-Net newsletter going.
For more information contact Wanda Martin, CCNA Newsletter Chairperson at email@example.com
So how are we doing? What would you like to see in your newsletter? What would you like to know? What would you like to share? This is your spot. Drop us a line at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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