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Newsletter: Summer 2002
GreenNet Web Services/
Web Site Design/
Open Source Development/
Internet Rights UK/
GET IT centre/
News from our Members/
GreenNet Terms and Conditions/
Renewing domain names
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
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.
here for more information.
Call us now and we can set up a trial page for you to try out (with
no obligation to buy), or email
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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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.
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
Information is also available on the website.
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.),
· 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
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.
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.
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
GreenNet Educational Trust provides free training for women in the use
of email and Internet. Trainees are from local areas of Hackney, Camden,
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.
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.
19th and 20th August (Monday and Tuesday);
16th and 17th September (Monday and Tuesday).
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.
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.
and Planet are offering an ethical
jobs service which aims to help people find a socially and environmentally
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.
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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