Vol. 1, No. 5,|
September 15, 1999
In the past, fund raising was a function of maybe a couple of members of the Board. Now, the entire Board monitors the use of existing funds while the main focus of getting money needed to provide and improve upon CCNA services goes to the Fund Raising Committee.
The committee, so far comprised of 5 Board members, investigates funding possibilities including preparing and submitting detailed grant applications to various government and foundation programs. One grant application can take 10 or more hours to prepare. The committee also provides reports to donors when required.
So far the committee has investigated foundations and government programs such as Smart Communities, Volnet, Urban CAP, Wild Rose Foundation, and the Community Learning Network.
They are also looking into reviving the Merchant-Member Discount Program where participating merchants provide discounts to CCNA members. In return merchants would be included on the CCNA Member Discount web page and in the CCNA Newsletter.
If you would like to join the Fund Raising Committee or have funding ideas, contact the CCNA office by e-mail - email@example.com, phone - (403) 263-8080, or fax (403) 263-8083.
For instance, probably one of the most frequent problems with a computer occurs when newly added equipment or software doesn’t work. Frequently, this is caused by improper or outdated drivers (software that tells your programs how to communicate with your computer equipment). Fortunately, updated drivers are free and can be located at either the manufacturer's web site or at web sites that collect drivers, like DriverGuide.com.
Lockergnome.com is one of the best sources for freeware, shareware, and tips for fixing common Windows problems. The Naked PC is dedicated to helping people be more productive with their computers. Shareware.com, Download.com and Tucows have programs that range from improving Windows' performance to speeding up your Internet connection. In shareware.com search using the keyword "speed" and then select the program for your computer.
Screen savers come free from many sources and serve many purposes. Some may promote products or movies, make your monitor last longer, or scan the cosmos (like Team Calgary SETI).
Do you have a favorite computer freebie site that you would like to share. Send the URL to us and we’ll post it on future issues of the CCNA News.
Quick Search TipsSearch engines can sometimes make you feel like a mouse in an exercise wheel. You’re doing all the right moves but you’re getting nowhere. With text only browsers you often have the added fun of deciphering a dog’s breakfast of graphic coding.
If you’re a CCNA Member you already know that the Search Tools page has stars indicating which engines look okay on LYNX browsers.
So, how do you get them to work?
CCNA Search Tools [http://www.calcna.ab.ca/pubworks/search.html]
Search Engine Watch
Is it mice, mouses, or mouse (like moose)? We can't agree and neither could the the four computer dictionaries we checked.
Send us your views.
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Peter Williams, Wanda Martin, and Heather Richards,