Disproductive Software

We implement software solutions to help us become more productive. These pieces of code allow us to do more through creating efficiencies.┬áBad software hinders our ability to do the work. Normally I would call this unproductive, but I had a weird thought fighting a human resources program this morning. Unproductive software is both disruptive and… Continue reading Disproductive Software

Browser Checker Inconsistent With Bb Wiki

The below text is from a ticket I opened with Blackboard this morning. I used this unix command to dump a list of all supported browsers from the browserchecker.xml. grep -A 1 ‘supported=”true”‘ serverconfs/browserchecker.xml | grep descript | awk -F\> ‘{print $2}’ | awk -F\< ‘{print $1}’ The list of supported browsers does not match… Continue reading Browser Checker Inconsistent With Bb Wiki

Google Chrome on Linux

I was excited to read today a Google Chrome Beta is now available on Linux. Gmail and Google Reader have weird font issues for me on both Linux and Window Firefox. So I tend split my browser load based on where the sites work best for me. Making the Linux switch meant leaving Chrome behind… Continue reading Google Chrome on Linux

Useful User Agents

Rather than depend on end users to accurately report the browser used, I look for the user-agent in the web server logs. (Yes, I know it can be spoofed. Power users would be trying different things to resolve their own issues not coming to us.) Followers of this blog may recall I changed the Weblogic… Continue reading Useful User Agents

reCAPTCHA and Chrome

Was using this RSVP form with Google Chrome and found the reCAPTCHA was telling me I repeatedly failed the Turing test. After the sixth time, I decided it might be my browser, so I tried it in Firefox which worked fine. Curious, I went looking for a possible problem between reCAPTCHA and Chrome. According to… Continue reading reCAPTCHA and Chrome

Firefox 3 and SSL Certificates

Apparently LinkedIn.com let their SSL certificate expire this morning. Assuming they really let it expire, this is a big oops. Hopefully, someone in their Production Operations Group has been alerted to the problem and is working on getting a new one. The screenshot is from Firefox 3. In the old days, Firefox or Netscape used… Continue reading Firefox 3 and SSL Certificates

Firefox 3

Image via Wikipedia Apparently the official launch of Firefox 3 is tomorrow. So we get to look forward to 4+ months of students and faculty members asking why Blackboard Vista doesn’t recognize Fx 3 as supported. Every week’s call with Blackboard will have the conversation: Us: Is it supported yet? Bb: Not yet. We are… Continue reading Firefox 3

Upgrade, Upgrade, Upgrade

Be more secure! Upgrade today. Want better functionality? Upgrade today. Save a developer! Upgrade today. The save a developer thing is the impetus for this post. The upgrade today mantra annoys me. Software rarely spends enough time in alpha and beta cycles to to identify all the issues. People have been so burned by using… Continue reading Upgrade, Upgrade, Upgrade