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[Computerbank] CAI-Vic Report for January /February 2003
Below is my non-standard report for this month. (I didn't really follow the
report template) No new members. Not a lot has happened. :)
Victorian State Coordinator
Computerbank Australia Inc
_CAI Victoria. State Coordinators Report for February 2003._
CAI-Vic has been quite busy this month; we received several donations: a
"panel van" full from Wyndham City Council, and a "celica coupe" full from
the Royal Melbourne Hospital Department of Psychiatry. We also received
donations from individuals.
We were successful in applying for another WFD project of 20 participants.
The new project begins on February 20th. Participants on the old project will
rollover across to the new one.
We have decided to commit to another year at Rosslyn Street, the landlord and
Real Estate Agent has accepted our terms of no rental or CPI increases. We
still remain on the look out for other suitable premises or storage.
We commenced Volunteer Induction sessions in February. To date we have had 6
new people volunteering to help at CAI-Vic.
Systems Out and Training Report
This month sees us back distributing computers to people, thus far we have
given out 8 systems. This is way down on our figures for last year. Our
Saturday training sessions will not start until March, and training during
the week has also become restricted. I do think the situation will improve
over the next few weeks as more volunteers / wfd participants assist with the
delivery of training.
We have spent a great deal of time training volunteers and Work for the Dole
participants in the use of the Computerbank Victoria KDE / Linux setup and in
We are still trying to solve network issues for the Menieres Support Group
Network build. The Menieres Support Group have been contacted about the delay
and will be supplied a couple of stand alone systems (due Thursday 20th) to
use while we resolve the network issues.
Update on the South Pacific Project
We are still facilitating the placement of ANZ Bank computers in the South
Pacific and in East Timor. I am having a meeting with ANZ and the ET contact
on Monday to review how this project has progressed.
CAI-Vic agreed to assist the ANZ in it's program to recycle computers
already in the South Pacific to disadvantaged schools. Our roles has been to
provide the project with: Copies of the CAI-Vic customised debian / kde open
source software for installation on the computers, training materials for
users, technical documentation for software installers and volunteer
technical support via email / irc.
CAI-Vic has also assisted the project by networking with Rotary International
groups across the South Pacific.
The project has resulted in more than 1000 computers being distributed to
disadvantaged schools across the South Pacific and in East Timor. (exact
number will be known at the meeting).
Intranet becoming our Internet Home site real soon.
The CAI-Vic Web site will undergo radical changes soon. We are nearly ready
to go live with our new look ZOPE based site. This site will also incorporate
all of the CAI-Vic vault of documentation. Thats 120 odd documents and
growing! Thanks to all our documentation team, particularly Dave and Dean,
for making this finally happen.
Another volunteer induction session is happening on Wednesday 19th of
February. A CAI-Vic branch meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 26th of
February at 6.30pm.
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express the opinions of Computerbank Australia Incorporated (CAI) in any way.
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