Month: January 2013

  • Bulk User Management

    The Desire2Learn conversion process strips our Blackboard Vista sections of students and instructors. Our clients naturally want instructors and designers enrolled in the migrated courses (BbVista sections are D2L courses). So obviously we had to enroll them. The options were the XML (Holding Tank) format or the CSV (Bulk User Management) format. I helped a…

  • Private Property

    Private Property

    Private PropertyOriginally uploaded by Ezra S F Private Property

  • Just Get Rid of Java

    Apparently there are security flaws in the current version of Java allowing the installation of malicious software through web browsers unknown to the user. The known attacks using this flaw work on Windows, OSX, and Linux. According to Reuters: Java was responsible for 50 percent of all cyber attacks last year in which hackers broke…

  • Anatomy of a Mistaken Shut Down

    We intensely monitor our servers. We want to know things before a work ticket reaches us. So a  month ago one morning I saw notifications where a couple servers failed login checks. (A process does a login and logout for each server multiple times an hour.) These go to the servers directly. Another check comes…

  • TED Talk: The moral roots of liberals and conservatives

    I am surprised I cannot find anything by Haidt on this blog. Back when I first heard this I looked further and found his web site yourmorals.org. I took some of the tests. I scored high on the two left moral foundations, high one right, and low on the two other right. Care to guess…

  • The Hacker Manifesto

    UPDATE: I hung this on a pinboard in my work cube on May 4, 2007. I am surprised no one has asked me to pull it. by +++The Mentor+++ Written January 8, 1986 Another one got caught today, it’s all over the papers. “Teenager Arrested in Computer Crime Scandal”, “Hacker Arrested after Bank Tampering”… Damn kids.…

  • dSLR Resolution Week One

    Decided that I should post a dSLR photo a week this year. So this is entry one. Yesterday, Iook a walk on the trail at Ben Burton park. This fern and moss caught my eye. Between the tree and cloud cover, there was not a great amount of light. So I oped up the ISO…

  • Goodreads Reading Challenge

    The reading challenge renewed my interest in Goodreads. Before they started them a couple years ago, I had already started tracking them here on this blog. I just was not very consistent about it. Goodreads became a good place to make links to direct people looking for more information about the book. But it meant…

  • Resolutions 2013

    Quantifiable: Read 52 books. In 2012, I read 55. In 2011, I read 56. Both were over 21,000 pages. (Reference) Unlike prior years, I do not think I am going to state specific kinds of books to read or come up with a list beforehand. Though, I have started a list for 2013. Post 180 blog…