TTCS OSSWIN v1.61, a collection of Free and Open Source Software for Windows is available for download

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The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society is pleased to announce the release of the TTCS OSSWIN v1.61, a collection of the latest version of Free and Open Source Software for Microsoft Windows (10/8/7/Vista/XP) for download.

The TTCS OSSWIN collection features a web based interface for browsing programs organised into several categories:  Desktop Applications, Educational, Games, Graphics, Internet, Server, Sound and Video and Utilities.

Lots of software updates for TTCS OSSWIN v1.61, including LibreOffice 5.2.3, Mozilla Firefox 50.0.1, Virtualbox 5.1.10 and more. See the changelog for more details.

Visit the TTCS OSSWIN page at http://www.cs.tt/osswin for more details and to download the collection as an ISO file for burning onto a DVD or extracting to your harddrive or USB storage device.

Mobile Number Portability now available in Trinidad and Tobago

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The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) has noted, that as per its press release on October 6 , Mobile Number Portability in Trinidad and Tobago has been implemented on October 31 2016.

TATT has a dedicated page at https://tatt.org.tt/NumberPortability.aspx

Both Bmobile and Digicel have pages about number portability:

 

 

 

TATT publishes price schedule of Residential Fixed Broadband Internet Prices in Trinidad and Tobago as of October 21 2016

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The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) has posted a price schedule of Residential Residential Fixed Broadband Internet Prices in Trinidad and Tobago as of October 21 2016 “to improve consumer awareness……as part of the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago’s (the Authority) mandate to promote and protect the interests of consumers”

You can read the announcement at https://tatt.org.tt/Announcements.aspx and download the PDF.

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Number Portability in Trinidad and Tobago to begin October 31 2016 for Mobile Numbers and November 28 2016 for Fixed Numbers

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The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) has noted in a press release dated October 6 2016 that

  • Mobile Number Portability (the ability to change mobile service providers without changing your phone number) will launch on October 31 2016 and
  • Fixed Line Number Portability (the ability to change fixed line providers without changing your phone number) will launch on November 28 2016.

Number portability was delayed before, the last delay announced by TATT on July 1 2016. However TATT’s determination 2016/01 dated October 4 2016 which notes the “go-live” dates also says:

“The Authority hereby declares that it shall cease forthwith to exercise forbearance on non-compliance by Operators who are subject to this DETERMINATION.”…. This Determination is binding upon all Operators so required by the Authority to implement number portability pursuant to section 25(2)(j) of the Act AND SHALL NOT BE AMENDED, REPEALED OR RESCINDED………..Non-compliance with this Determination 2016/01 will result in the Authority’s commencement of enforcement proceedings against the Operator in accordance with the Telecommunications Act”

TATT’s Number Portability page at https://tatt.org.tt/NumberPortability.aspx has yet to be updated.

Trindad and Tobago Computer Society resource on ICT-related Laws and Policies in Trinidad and Tobago

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society is making available a resource of ICT related laws and policies in Trinidad and Tobago online.

This TTCS resource documents the various Information and Communication Technology (ICT) related laws and policies that have been introduced and/or proposed in Trinidad and Tobago either in the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament or by various Government ministries, and the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) since 1999.
 
The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society has commented on many of these policies and links to our comments have also been provided.
Furthermore. we have also linked to local copies of policies that have disappeared with the removal and/or redesign of government websites over time.

Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society lime on Wednesday October 12 2016 from 7 to 9pm ; please RSVP!

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The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS ; http://cs.tt) will be having a lime on Wednesday October 12 2016 from 7pm to 9pm at Wendy’s Cafe located upstairs at Wendy’s Restaurant at the corner of Ana Street & Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook, Port of Spain.

Come join as we eat and chat about various ICT topics including:

Anyone interested in computing and ICT are welcome to attend, however please RSVP to info@ttcsweb.org as space is limited.

Please note that for this meeting, you will be able to purchase food directly from Wendy’s at your own expense. The minimum contribution to TTCS for this meeting is $20.

ICT related aspects of the 2017 #Trinidad and #Tobago Budget Statement

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Cover image of the Trinidad and Tobago Budget Statement 2017 document (via Ministry of Finance website)

The Minister of Finance, Honourable Colm Imbert presented the 2017 Budget Statement in the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament on September 30 2016.

The 2016 Budget Statement and related documents can be downloaded at http://www.finance.gov.tt/budget-statement-2017/

This post will focus on the ICT related aspects of the 2017 Budget Statement.

The ICT related aspects of the 2017 Budget Statement :

Page 22: under “Information and Communication Technology”

“Consistent with our manifesto commitment, we are
already rolling out free and easy access to broadband
internet in public spaces through the recentlyimplemented
TT WI-FI initiative. We are building a
knowledge-based and well-connected society as a
foundation for increasing productivity and for generating
sustainable growth and development. In fact, all WI-FI
enabled devices, including smartphones, laptops and
tablets, now have access on thirteen (13) specific Public
Transportation Service Corporation (PTSC) buses, twelve
(12) in Trinidad and one (1) in Tobago. And this is just the
beginning.”

Page 29: Under “Education”

Madam Speaker, the previous Administration introduced
a “Free Laptop Policy” for first year students in secondary
schools at an estimated cost of $310 million over a
four-year period. In our view, the programme brought
limited benefits because it was done in the absence
of an overarching ICT education policy and there was
inadequate ICT infrastructure in schools: limited access
to high speed Internet services, insufficient relevant
digital content, sparse training of teachers in ICT and no
management procedure for ICT projects and initiatives.
In light of this, a comprehensive ICT in Education Plan
will be rolled out in the next fiscal year. This 5-year plan
will ensure:
1. The establishment of an overarching ICT in
Education Policy;
2. Training and Professional development of teachers
and other educators;
3. Provision of adequate and appropriate ICT
infrastructure in schools;
4. Curriculum reform to include ICT-infused lesson
plans for students; and
5. Establishment of an ICT Steering Committee.

The new Plan will provide for laptops for each Form Level
at each secondary school; laptops will be used during
class sessions that require the use of ICT-related tasks
and will remain the property of the Ministry of Education.
Students writing CSEC and CAPE will soon benefit from
the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy for those who
would like to use their own device for School Based
Assessments and other research projects while at school.

Page 45: Under “Tax on On-line Purchases”

Madam Speaker, the popularity of online purchases has
increased significantly over the past few years. Reducing
the demand for these items helps to save on foreign
exchange and to assist local industry. There are 31
Courier Companies registered and bonded in Trinidad
and Tobago and is estimated that the value of packages
cleared by these Courier Companies exceeds $1 billion
a year.
Madam Speaker, as I announced previously I intend to
impose with effect from October 20, 2016, a 7 percent
charge on purchases that arrive in Trinidad and Tobago
through the courier companies or are brought in directly
by individuals via air freight. This measure will generate
approximately $70 million in additional revenue. The
tax will be due and payable at the bonded warehouses
before clearance of goods or directly to customs in
the same way that VAT and customs duty are currently
collected.
To assist in the implementation of this measure the
Government will ensure that the Customs and Excise
Division is provided with the resources necessary to
strengthen their capability to inspect and assess packages
generally and specifically from Courier Companies.

 

TTCS OSSWIN 1.60, a collection of Free and Open Source Software for Windows is available for download

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The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society is pleased to announce the release of the TTCS OSSWIN v1.60, a collection of the latest version of Free and Open Source Software for Microsoft Windows (10/8/7/Vista/XP) for download.

The name change from TTCS OSSWIN DVD to TTCS OSSWIN was done to reflect that whilst the collection can (for now) be burned on a DVD, DVDs are becoming less prevalent on many modern Windows computers and that TTCS OSSWIN can be extracted to the hard drive or to USB flash drives.

The TTCS OSSWIN collection features a web based interface for browsing programs organised into several categories:  Desktop Applications, Educational, Games, Graphics, Internet, Server, Sound and Video and Utilities.

Lots of software updates for TTCS OSSWIN v1.60, including LibreOffice 5.2.1, Mozilla Firefox 48.0.2, Virtualbox 5.1.6 and more. See the changelog for more details.

Visit the TTCS OSSWIN page at http://www.cs.tt/osswin for more details and to download the collection as an ISO file for burning onto a DVD or extracting to your harddrive or USB storage device.

 

 

 

ICT-related Laws and Policies in Trinidad and Tobago

These series of posts on the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society’s website documents the various Information and Communication Technology (ICT) related laws and policies that have been introduced and/or proposed in Trinidad and Tobago either in the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament or by various Government ministries, and the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) since 1999.

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society has commented on many of these policies and links to our comments have also been provided.

Furthermore. we have also linked to local copies of policies that have disappeared with the removal and/or redesign of government websites over time.

ICT Related Laws and Policies sorted by Year


2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2006
2005
2004
2003
2001
2000

How laws are passed in Trinidad and Tobago

(This is a layperson’s understanding of the process. A lot of information was obtained from the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament’s website.)

Laws are introduced and passed in the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago which consists of the President of Trinidad and Tobago and two bodies, a House of Representatives and a Senate. The House of Representatives has forty one (41) elected representatives of the constituencies in Trinidad and Tobago. The Senate has 31 senators appointed by the President, sixteen on the advice of the Prime Minister ; six on the advice of the Leader of the Opposition; and nine Independents appointed by the President.

Proposed laws are introduced in either in the House of Representatives or in the Senate as a Bill (Note: certain types of Bills known as “Money Bills” cannot be introduced in the Senate) . The Bill is debated and after a vote, is passed with or without amendments. This Bill (as passed) is then introduced in the other chamber of Parliament where it is similarly debated, possibly amended and voted on.

If there are no amendments to the Bill in the second chamber, then the Bill is passed.

If there are amendments to the Bill in the second chamber, the amendments have to be voted by the chamber where the Bill was first introduced.

Once the Bill in its final form has been approved by both the House of Representatives and the Senate, the Bill as passed becomes an Act. Depending on the the legislation, the Act comes into effect on the Date of Assent, and/or when proclaimed by the President.

 

TTCS Podcasts 1 to 20 from 2005 to 2010

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The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) podcasts are about various computer and technology related topics in Trinidad and Tobago and abroad. All TTCS podcasts are copyrighted by the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society and is licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 licence.

For more information about podcasting, check out the Wikipedia entry on Podcasting

Your comments/suggestions for the TTCS podcasts are welcome at admin@ttcsweb.org

TTCS podcast RSS feed


TTCS podcast #20 : January 30, 2010

TTCS podcast #20 (MP3 ; 37 minutes ; 25 MB)
Dev, Anil and Mike T discussed the announcement of the Apple’s iPad

TTCS podcast #19 : Febuary 25th, 2009

TTCS podcast #19 (MP3 ; 48 minutes ; 33.4MB)
Dev, Kurt and Mike T discussed the experiences of Windows 7

TTCS podcast #18 : Febuary 21st, 2009

TTCS podcast #18 (MP3 ; 47 minutes ; 32.4MB)
Dev, Anil and Mike T discussed Facebook, Twitter and CCTV cameras as it relates to users’ privacy

TTCS podcast #17 : Febuary 21st, 2009

TTCS podcast #17 (MP3 ; 22 minutes ; 15MB)

Dev, Anil and Mike T discussed the following topics :

TTCS podcast #16 : February 21st, 2009

TTCS podcast #16 (MP3 ; 22 minutes ; 15MB)

Dev, Anil and Mike T discussed the following topics on Carnival Saturday 2009 :

 

TTCS podcast #15 : February 21st, 2009

TTCS Podcast #15 (MP3 ; 22 minutes ; 15MB)

Dev, Anil and Mike T discussed the following topics on Carnival Saturday 2009 :

TTCS Podcast #14 : December 8th, 2007

TTCS Podcast #14 (MP3 ; 24 minutes ; 8.7MB)

  • Look back at Software Freedom Day 2007

TTCS Podcast #13 : December 8th, 2007

TTCS Podcast #13 (MP3 ; 32 minutes ; 11.2MB)

Our thirteenth podcast. The TTCS regulars (Dev, Anil, Mike T, Jacqueline, Raul, Paul) discussed the following topics :

TTCS Podcast #11 : August 19th, 2006

TTCS Podcast #11  (MP3 ; 56.5 minutes ; 13MB)

Our 11th podcast. The TTCS regulars (Mike T, Dev, Paul, Richard Jobbity) discussed the following :

 

TTCS Podcast #10 : May 27th, 2006

TTCS Podcast #10 (MP3 ; 75 minutes ; 8.7MB)

Our tenth podcast. The TTCS Regulars (Mike T, Anil, Richard and Dev Anand) discussed the following topics :

1 hour edited by Dev T, rest by Colin, final edit and conversion to MP3 by Mike T.

 

TTCS Podcast #9 : March 11th, 2006

TTCS Podcast #9 (MP3 ; 110 minutes ; 12.8MB)
Our ninth podcast. The TTCS Regulars (Colin, Mike T, Anil, Nissan, Richard and Dev Anand) discussed the following topics :

TTCS Podcast #8 : January 21st, 2006

TTCS Podcast #8 (MP3 ; 64 minutes ; 15MB)

Our eight podcast and the first for 2006. The TTCS Regulars (Peter, Colin, Mike T, Anil, Richard and Dev Anand) discussed the following topics :

 

TTCS Podcast #7 : December 17th, 2005

TTCS Podcast #7 (MP3 ; 60 minutes ; 13.8MB)

Our seventh podcast. The TTCS Regulars (Mike T, Anil, Richard and Dev Anand) discussed the following topics:

  • TSTT ADSL available in Sangre Grande
  • the continuing saga of cell phone competition in Trinidad and Tobago
  • What other internet providers can compete with TSTT ADSL?
  • Could Digicel launch without an interconnection?
  • factors affecting ICT and e-commerce in Trinidad and Tobago
  • cool tech gifts

 

TTCS Podcast #6 : October 22nd 2005

TTCS Podcast #6 (MP3 ; 33 minutes ; 7.8MB)

Our sixth podcast, recorded on the same day as podcast #5. Join the TTCS Regulars (Mike T, Anil, Richard, Paul and Dev Anand) as we discussed the recent Apple announcements and the music industry.

Show Notes :

  • On Sept 7th, 2005, Apple announced the iPod nano and the Motorola Rokr phone.
  • On October 20th, 2005, Apple upgrades the PowerMac and PowerBooks.
  • On October 12th, 2005, Apple introduces the iPod aka the video iPod
  • Some popular videocasts : CommandN, Player 1 vs Player2 and Hak5
  • Can the TTCS do a videocast?
  • CaribbeanFreeRadio is listed on the iTunes directory
  • Can radio benefit from podcasting?
  • Can Caribbean music benefit from iTunes?
  • the benefits of Digital Rights Management (DRM)?
  • A search on the iTunes library turns up several Caribbean artistes whose songs you can purchase for 99 US cents
  • the problems of copy-protected CDs
  • the future of record companies and radio stations
  • Can you buy from iTunes? Only with an US credit card. Amazon.com can accept local issued credit cards ; you can even buy local foodstuffs.

 

TTCS Podcast #5 : October 22th 2005

TTCS Podcast #5 (MP3 ; 46 minutes ; 10.9MB)

Our fifth Podcast. Join the TTCS Regulars (Mike T, Anil, Richard, Paul and Dev Anand) as we discuss the following topics:

TTCS Podcast #4 : October 9th 2005

TTCS Podcast #4 (MP3 ; 16 minutes ; 3.8MB)

Mike and Dev Anand talk about the audio recordings Mike did on Software Freedom Day (SFD) , event held by the TTCS, Trinidad and Tobago Linux Users Group (TTLUG) and FLOS Caribbean on September 10th, 2005. The speeches by Richard Jobity, Anil Ramnanan and Allan Samaroo at Software Freedom Day are available as separate MP3 files (see http://www.ttcsweb.org/podcasts/index.htm#podcast4 for links). We answer some of the comments made about the TTCS podcast and the podcast ends with Mike’s “walkthrough” on SFD leading up to the speeches.

Download links to the three speeches made on Software Freedom Day 2005 by

Other related URLs :

 

TTCS Podcast #3 : September 17th 2005

TTCS Podcast #3 (MP3 ; 62 minutes ; 8MB)

Our third Podcast. Join the TTCS Regulars (Mike T, Nissan, Anil, Richard, Colin, Paul, Dev Anand and Peter) as we discuss the following topics:

  • TSTT honouring its promise to provide rebates to GSM phone customers because of the crash and subsequent congestion (during the week Monday 11th July to Saturday 16th July) of the GSM cellular network.
  • Anil was among three persons rewarded by TSTT for being a long term customer (longest, unbroken service) of their dial-up Internet access service, first offered by TSTT in August 1995
  • Cost of Internet access in Trinidad and Tobago is greater than that in the US. Is this reasonable or not?
  • Ways for visitors to Trinidad and Tobago to access the Internet
  • “Cloning” of TDMA cellular phones. Peter related an examples where one of his phones was “cloned” and used to make several thousand dollars worth of calls. TSTT was very sympathetic about the unfortunate situation, promptly cancelled all charges, upgraded him to their GSM service and even gave him a “free” GSM phone.
  • the delay by the Telecom Authority and the Ministry of Public Admin in granting cellular licenses to Digicel and Laqtel.
  • the pros and cons of CDMA cellular phones
  • Software Freedom Day (SFD) 2005: the TTCS, Trinidad and Tobago Linux Users Group (TTLUG) and FLOS Caribbean teamed up to have a two day event on the 10th and 11th of September 2005. Among the items talked about during the SFD event was the local software development of “Burrokeet“, a “learning content management system”, TTCS OSSWIN CD and the FLOS Caribbean organisation.
  • Nissan doing a UWI Computing Society meeting on 29th September 2005 on open source software for Windows featuring the TTCS OSSWIN CD
  • How to promote Open Source/”Free” Software so that it could gain more market share and acceptance. Several examples of OSS in use by local companies were mentioned.
  • the use of shareware
  • the problems of adware/spyware on PCs and the time/effort/money needed to solve these problems
  • the popularity of Dell computers in Trinidad and Tobago
  • G4 showing G4TechTV Canada’s Call for Help

 

TTCS Podcast #2 : August 3rd 2005

TTCS Podcast #2 : (MP3 ; 37 minutes ; 8.7MB)

Our second podcast. Join the TTCS Regulars (Mike, Nissan, Anil, Richard, Colin, Paul, Dev Anand) as we discuss the following topics:

TTCS Podcast #1 : July 16th 2005

TTCS Podcast #1 (MP3 ; 44 minutes ; 10.6MB)

Our first podcast. Join the TTCS Regulars (Dev Anand, Anil, Colin, Richard J., Paul, Mike T. and Nissan) as we discuss the following topics:

  • The explosion/bombing in Port of Spain on Monday 11th July 2005. Find out where people got the latest news during the incident.
  • The World Wide Web (WWW) proved to be a good source for up-to-date information about Tropical Storm Emily (it became a hurricane while leaving the vicinity of Trinidad and Tobago).
  • The crash and subsequent congestion (during the week Monday 11th July to Saturday 16th July) of the GSM cellular network operated by Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT).
  • Phishing: Internet-based scams designed to steal personal information for purposes of identity theft.
  • Local persons stealing the usernames and passwords of TSTT Internet customers to gain “free” Internet access.
  • TSTT customers victimised by an email-based worm/trojan designed to “zombify” Windows-based machines.
  • TSTT does not actively filter dangerous email attachments such as .EXE, .COM, .SCR, .BAT.
  • At 5:07 p.m. (during recording of this podcast) it was discovered that the GSM phones had regained signal strength but still could not be used to make or receive calls calls. However, the older TDMA phones could both make and receive calls.
  • Are people hopelessly dependent on their cell phones?
  • Hands-free kits for cell phones: good or bad for drivers?
  • The equipment used to record this “home-brewed” podcast.
  • Internet sites and software that caught our interest.

URLs mentioned :