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Vol. 1, No. 4,
September 1, 1999

Meet the Board

Energetic, dynamic, real keeners -- may we present the new Board. Comprised of mostly long time, highly active CCNA volunteers the new Board started its 1999/2000 term at a running pace.

In less than three months, the new CCNA Board has:

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The Board has also moved towards involving the corporate sector in plans to upgrade the CCNA equipment. Lastly, the CCNA will be joining Volunteer Calgary (formerly the Calgary Volunteer Centre) to broaden our access to volunteers and to increase our exposure to other volunteer agencies.

For details to Board activity, minutes to Board meetings are available for viewing at the CCNA Office; main floor, downtown Central Library [616 Macleod Trail]. Bring your CCNA membership or proof of identification.

*Stay informed, watch this newsletter for a regular monthly feature called What's Going On -- Word From the Board.

To MP3 or Not to MP3 : Making It Work

MP3 has been called the best and the worst thing that has happened to the music industry. MP3 has been wreaking havoc on the recording industry and helping keep copyright lawyers busy. The good part is that MP3 has made it possible for musicians to post their songs on the Net, where it can be downloaded for free. The Web is naturally becoming the new hot spot for finding the latest music and for helping musicians market themselves cost effectively.


MP3 is a software innovation which stands for MPEG - 1 Audio Layer 3. Thanks to 56K modems, sound cards, and Pentium processors with at least 16 MB of RAM, MP3 has made music accessible from the internet. MP3 makes it possible to compress normally large WAV or MPEG files to almost a tenth of the original size without sacrificing audio quality. This means that a song that was 7 MegaBytes in size, can be compressed to a manageable 700 KiloBytes.

We test played MP3 files on a 486DX66, and found that the music was clear for the first three seconds and then the noise broke up into unrecognizable choppy sounds - similar to the sound of a tape cassette being eaten alive. To hear the MP3 file, it will have to be converted into a WAV file using a MP3 decompressor. Although this conversion will take a lot of hard drive space, it will reduce the transfer time in downloading music. is a good place to go to locate a MP3 decompressor/decoder.

You can also use MP3 technology to take favorite songs off CDs and convert them into MP3 files. These files can be stored and played on your computer. They can also be played on a Rio MP3 player. The Rio is like a walkman for MP3 files.

Type the key words MP3 decompressing on any search engine or the name of its predecessor, L3DEC, to find web sites using MP3. Once you have MP3 installed, you can start listening and downloading music from radio stations or your favorite artists.


For sources of music and more information try these resources:
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Need some new technology investigated? Want to know how it affects you, the CCNA member? Or let us know what kind of technology article interests you? Send the CCNA News an e-mail, we'll see what we can dig up.

The CCNA is currently volunteer led, not grant fed. Volunteer today!


More PAT Locations

Thanks to Robert Chong, we have a new PAT site at the Chinese Christian Mission (CCM). The CCM is supported by a number of churches and provides a range of services to new Chinese immigrants including orientation, ESL, computer training and employment counselling.

They have agreed to provide the equipment and telephone line for dial-up access initially. We will provide technical assistance, training of their volunteers and website support. The CCNA is also considering placing PATs at a seniors group in Ogden, the Schizophrenia Society, and at a shelter for the homeless.

There are now two more PAT locations equipped with graphical browsers. They are the Native Friendship Centre and the Kerby Centre. Currently they are reserved for researching only, no e-mail/hotmail access.

Visit the CCNA Helpdesk page or contact the volunteers on the CCNA Help Desk:

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We don't want to hog all the fun -- oh, well, okay, yes we do -- but you're very welcome to join our fun little news crew! Take a look at the volunteer description we've created and then drop us a line at [].

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Did You Know?

One drawback of on-line communication is that there is no tone or expression of voice or signals given out by body language. However, there are mini faces you can create to express your feelings on personal e-mail.

Emoticons, short for emotional icons, are composed of punctuation characters that indicate how an e-mail message should be interpreted. Also known as smileys, emoticons are an attempt to give flavour to boring text. For example, a :-) indicates that either the sender is happy or the message is meant as a joke and/or shouldn't be taken seriously. Some other common emoticons are:

    : ) or :-) happy/joking
    : ( or :-( sad/upset
    ;-) winking/sarcastic
Here are sources to many more useful and the not-so-common emoticons:

Emoticons are not generally recommended for use in business email. : (

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Check out the next issue:
  • Freebies!
  • Profile Feature: the Fund Raising Committee

Coming September 15, 1999

The CCNA Newsletter Committee is:
Wanda Martin, Heather Richards, and Peter Williams.
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