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Changing of the guard.

Semester 1 2020 saw much upheaval to our daily lives. The global pandemic forced unprecedented changes around the world and CASSA was no exception. Despite this we battled on and made the best of it trying to complete our studies and make the best of the situation. In May the AGM took place and the election of a new executive team for 2020/21 was conducted. Come the end of semester official handover has completed. As incoming President, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the hard work the out going team put in. I wish them all the best as they head off to complete their industry placement.

Keep an eye on the events announcements for activities that will be held in the upcoming semester and remember any questions and suggestions can be submitted to exec@cassa.org.au . We look forward to meeting new members and catching up with old ones once the new semester starts and life returns to normal on campus. Once again thanks to the 2019/20 executive team and all the best to all CASSA members.

Discord Update

cassaIn the past month, the CASSA Discord server has been closed down in favor of a partnership with the ECU Computing Students Discord server.

CASSA now has several channels on this Discord for use in keeping students informed with current and future events.

Click here to join the ECS Discord server.
Please note that by joining the server you agree to abide by the server rules.

Free Windows 10

Windows may not be free as in freedom but it can be free like beer, at least if you are student at Edith Cowan University. All Edith Cowan University students are eligible for a copy of Windows 10 Education Edition available here. .

In addition to the onthehub key all students in the School of Science can access Dream Spark here for an additional Windows 10 key along with many other useful tools from Microsoft.

Even if you already have Windows 10 home or pro Educational edition gives you all the features of enterprise for free and the bonus of no cortana. So what are you waiting for get your free Microsoft software today!

Who is Bonzibuddy

If you are new to CASSA you might ask yourself, who is this BonziBUDDY chap they keep talking about.  Do not worry my friend we will get you up to speed.  BonziBUDDY is a discontinued personal assistant for Windows XP.  Think Siri or Cortana but a big purple monkey in 1999.  BonziBUDDY or as the cool kids all him the Bonz was way ahead of his time.   Unfortunately Bonzi was unfairly marked as spyware and adware!

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Not only that  Bonzi Software the makers of BonziBUDDY where sued into oblivion because  of their deceptive advertising techniques and for violating an American law called COPPA.    We look back and feel this was a huge mistake, had bonziBUDDY been made a few years later or not been a purple monkey he would have revolutionized the industry and become the first data collecting personal assistant on the iPhone.

 

However years later bonzziBUDY made a glorious come back as the official sponsor of WAHCKon[‘3″} and was immortalized in a medallion and t-shirt, and sticker give to those who attended the event.

For those of you who wish the experience the wonder and excitement that is bonziBUDDY  please visit the internet archive.  For those not familiar with the internet archive it is a websites who’s soul purpose is the preservation on Bonzi so future generations can understand his greatness.

CASSA Website VII: A retrospective

How many sites has CASSA had, well the internet archive goes back to 2005.  I do not know of any  SCISSA sites that existed before then. So for the sake of it we will start with the first from 2005.

The first site, seen bellow was a simple WordPress website and that lasted the club from 2005 to 2008 when it was replaced with a new install of WordPress.  All previous post were lost in this event.

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The second this website lasted from October of 2008 to October of 2009 shortly after SCISSA was dissolved and CASSA was born.

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The third website, made use of vBulletin and it lasted from some time in 2010 to July 2011, unfortunately I can not get a good screenshot of this site from archive.org

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The forth site brought CASSA back to WordPress and lasted from July 2011 until Early 2013.

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The fifth Site lasted from 2013 until the start of 2015. This is when CASSA made the jump to Inivision Power Board, a non-free solution that you host yourself.  CASSA was paying a fee to use this software.  It is in September of 2014 I show up and became the tech Admin.  No one in CASSA showed any desire to post to the forums or use the website during my first year as Tech Admin.

I wanted to replace the site with something else, it was was going to be WordPress or Drupal,  I had used both in the past and was leaning more towards WordPress. But JamesT the web admin at the time went to Drupal Con.  James was was super excited for Drupal 8, and I thought it looked cool.  However it was not ready, so I decided to start playing with Drupal 7.  I was working on a replacement site using Drupal and LDAP that was due to be released in early 2015.  However a server malfunction and my desire to leave the locked down ECU infrastructure gave me the opportunity to host the new site on digital ocean.

 

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The sixth site  was the one I setup running Drupal.  To be honest the Drupal site worked great for a while, we had signal sign on using Drupal and OpenLDAP.   Signal sign on was great, at the peak of its use it was linked to ZNC, Redmine and owncloud.

However it had one issue, Drupal is a pain to use and as the number of services increased maintenance became a worry as well.  Not only that I kept having to add more and more stuff to the Drupal install to make it usable for our needs.  For various reasons by early 2016 it was time to do something else.  I was no longer Tech admin the roll was handed off to Damion Brown.  However we worked together to try and figure out what would be best.

One solution involved using GIT , Jekyll and Markdown.  This is a great solution, however you need to know how to use GIT, Jekyll and Markdown.  It would prevent some our less skilled members from posting, and simply make it hard to post on the go.  This is when WordPress came back on the table, late one night at ECU around 4A.M. the crew and I started working on this site.

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The seventh site is up now running WordPress and old posts from sites 1 through 6 are being restored.  So to all future tech admins, learn a lesson.  Work as a team and if you mess with the website you are going to have a bad time.

Linux help and resources

Hey everyone Will here,

Thanks to everyone who came to the Linux install party, it was great fun.  To help you on your Linux journey here are some helpful links.
For any help join #linux on our IRC or slack 
Ubuntu Forms - offical source of Linux help
Linux Action Show - a great podcast for Linux news and updates
Intro to Linux from the Linux foundation - the official linux foundation linux course for free

Happy Linuxing

Hotmail and outlook.com issue.

For reasons beyond our control we are having difficulty sending e-mail to Hotmail and outlook.com users.  Student e-mails using outlook are not affected by this issue. We are working to resolve this issue. In the meantime if you do not receive an account confirmation please send an e-mail to admin@cassa.org.au and we will activate your account ASAP.

Technical Subcommittee

Are you interested in becoming part of CASSA’s Technical Subcommittee.  Want to put your Database, Networking , Project Management and Computer Security skills to work?  Well look no further you have found the place to sign up.  Simply create an account a please provided your ECU student ID.  Then comment on the topic and I will add you to the subcommittee.

Still testing

Just a warning, this site is still in testing.  If you have any issues with it please reply to this post.

Welcome to the new CASSA website!

Hope you like it B)