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GreenNet Newsletter: Summer 2002

Contents:

GreenNet Move/
GreenNet Web Services/
Web Site Design/
Open Source Development/
Support News/
Global Roaming/
Itrainonline/
Internet Rights UK/
GET IT centre/
GreenNet Training/
News from our Members/
GreenNet Terms and Conditions/
Renewing domain names

GreenNet move
For those of you who are avid readers of the GreenNet quarterly newsletter, apologies for no Spring edition. GreenNet moved offices around this time and we decided to put the newsletter on hold and settle into the new premises. GreenNet is now located on the 2nd Floor of 33 Islington High Street, N1 9LH (please amend the details if you haven't already). Thanks to all GreenNet users for your patience and understanding throughout this.

GreenNet services
GreenNet Web Services
GreenNet have developed very cost effective, easy to manage database driven websites. Using a powerful tool you can publish information and news, publicize events and share information within your community using a simple online interface, without any knowledge of html.
Click here for more information.
***new offer***
Call us now and we can set up a trial page for you to try out (with no obligation to buy), or email GreenNet design.

Web design
If you are interested in a complete overhaul of your site, or are starting from scratch, we can design, build and maintain your website. We have particular expertise working alongside individuals and organisations directed by social purposes, namely NGO's, campaigning organisations and individuals and charities. Our clients benefit from our custom-built technologies and long standing knowledge of the sector. We are always available to discuss projects and we welcome proposal requests, tenders and project briefs for websites of any size.


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Support News...
Open Source Development
In the past two to three months, Greennet went through the sometimes painful, but generally exciting and successful process of migrating its services from NT and Solaris platforms to the widely used Open Source Linux platform. We hope you will notice the marked improvements, both in performance, and especially in the choice of excellent software tools which are available.

Community Linux training Centre
Paul Mobbs, a long term GreenNet user, has successfully gained funding to buy the equipment for a Community/Linux Training Centre. This project aims to develop and trial a wholly mobile computer network that provides a desktop computing environment, but is also able to simulate a local area network and Internet environment. This enables the teaching of computer skills without a telephone line/Internet connection. The primary use of this system will be to teach computer and networking skills to civil society groups. But it is also a valuable demonstration platform for the GNU/Linux operating system within the context of civil society. For more information and to find out how you can receive training, email Paul.
Information is also available on the website.

Changes in GreenNet support
We sadly say goodbye to Phil Carr who left GreenNet last month. Phil has worked with GreenNet for nearly three years and is moving on to work as a freelance consultant (after spending the month of June watching the World Cup!). He is available for all types of IT support work large or small PC's, Mac's, Networks and servers in the London area and beyond. For more information call him on 07903 584952. We have received many messages thanking Phil for the support he has provided to users throughout his time at GreenNet and all at GreenNet will miss him. Thanks Phil!

On a happier note, we welcome Michael Moritz, who joined the GreenNet collective in June. Michael has worked in various IT fields, ranging from software development to hardware repairs: "I worked for the biggest Austrian ISP and I really liked helping people with their computers. What I didn't like about it was that no one really cared about their problems. The only thing that mattered was achieving a certain number of calls per hour and not spending more than 10 minutes per call. That is one of the things that tempted me to GreenNet. Another was the prospect of taking on more responsibility and having a closer and more personal contact with users. As my first major project at GreenNet, I am planning to restructure and redesign the support section of the web site'.
This is your chance to let us know what you would like to see on the support section of the website. Please email Michael with your comments about:
· any additional content you would find helpful for your Operating system (please tell us which OS your using (Windows9x/ME, NT, Apple Mac, Mac OS, Linux, etc.),
and/ or
· suggestions about the structure that would make it easier for you to navigate this section e.g. would it be useful to structure the section in relation to ability i.e. Advanced, Intermediate, Beginner

Global Roaming
Some GreenNet Macintosh users have had problems with the support for global roaming - this is an issue with iPass software. What this means for Macintosh users is unfortunately a sometimes unreliable service. We advise Mac users against using global roaming but if you are really determined, the best thing is to call GreenNet support and talk through the options. Click here for local access available using the iPass network.

Project News...
Itrainonline
We mentionned the Itrainonline, an Internet training resource centre, in the previous newsletter. Itrainonline now has even more training materials including the latest addition from the APC: "Participating with Safety", a series of guides looking at the basics of Information Security, backing up information, passwords and access controls, using encryption and digital signatures, computer viruses, using the Internet securely, and living under surveillance. Some resources are available in English, Spanish and French.

Internet Rights UK
If you haven't already taken time to familiarise yourself with the new look GreenNet sponsored Internet Rights UK site, it's definately worth a visit. The site contains a wealth of information about using the Internet and online rights and campaigning tools.
For information about Internet Rights throughout Europe, visit the APC European Civil Society Internet Rights project, coordinated by Karen Banks, GreenNet.

GET IT centre
GreenNet Educational Trust provides free training for women in the use of email and Internet. Trainees are from local areas of Hackney, Camden, Islington.
Access to the Internet remains a concern for this area as highlighted in a recent GLA report.
'Key findings from the study include the differing rates of internet home access in London boroughs, from over 60 percent in Richmond and Kingston to under a quarter in Hackney, Islington and Barking and Dagenham'. If you know of any organisations or individuals that would benefit from the training, they can contact Joanne, or Janet, on 0845 055 4011 or email Joanne. We are also looking for a volunteer to help with encouraging women to participate in the training. An ideal volunteer would be locally based with experience in working with womens/ community groups.

GreenNet's upcoming Trainings… Web design using dreamweaver
This course is developed for those with some computer experience and includes practical hands-on project work. By the end of the course you will; understand the principles of the World Wide Web; have a practical understanding of how to build, update and publish a web site using Dreamweaver; understand the key principles of web design and site promotion.

Upcoming Dates:
19th and 20th August (Monday and Tuesday);
16th and 17th September (Monday and Tuesday).
By popular demand we are running the courses on Mondays and Tuesdays, from 10.30-17.30 both days, over the next couple of months. Many people that have attended training, or are interested in future courses, are reluctant to give up precious weekends...but we are not! If you would like to organise a weekend training or suggest alternative dates (we occasionally run the training as a six session evening class), please contact Joanne on 0845 0554011, or via email.

News from Our Members...
Peace News have recently launched a "tools and resources" web-feature, aimed at providing nonviolent peace and antimilitarist activists and campaigners with practical resources for organising and taking action.

People and Planet are offering an ethical jobs service which aims to help people find a socially and environmentally responsible career.

Terms and Conditions
Click here to read our revised terms and conditions. Please note under section 11. GENERAL, 11.1 GreenNet reserves the right to vary these terms and conditions from time to time. Notice of changes shall be posted in advance in the GreenNet electronic newslist - 'greennet-l' and/or by e-mail. Continued use of GreenNet for a period exceeding 30 days after receipt of notification will constitute acceptance.

Renewing domain names
A user has brought to our attention a request they received to renew their domain name. Similar requests seem increasingly common and are worded such that you may worry you need to re-register your domain name…but don't worry! - we renew your domain name as part of our service to you.


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