Rants, Raves, and Rhetoric v4

Tag: performance

  • 2nd Blackboard Blog

    A blog without comments to me isn’t a blog. Blog posts are about stimulating discussion, so the comments are most important feature. Content without feedback is a publicity or news story not a blog. So Blackboard Blogs at educateinnovate.com isn’t really a blog. Steve Feldman, Bb performance engineer, had the first Blackboard Inc blog with…

  • Course Management Systems are Dead!

    Heh. Blackboard Vista is headed for a brick wall? Who knew? 7. Course Management Systems are Dead! Long Live Course Management Systems! Proprietary course management systems are heading for a brick wall. The combination of economic pressures combined with saturated markets and the maturing stage of the life cycle of these once innovative platforms means…

  • Less Is More

    Mashable has an interesting article about why Twitter persists despite frequent performance issues: “Less is more. Simplicity is power.” By providing little more than an API, upon which numerous others have built tools, it doesn’t so directly compete with other services. I wonder if perhaps this is the right approach for a learning system? One…

  • Anthropomorphism

    Do you talk about computers, software, or web sites as manifesting human-like behaviors? Personally, I have. At work, we manage several machines who collectively provide the GeorgiaVIEW service. When a machine is completely unresponsive, then we refer to it as having died. When a machine stops a performance issue, we refer to it as happy.…

  • User Interface v. SQL Reports and Tracking

    Blackboard Vista tracks student activity. This tracking data is viewed as a critical feature of Vista. Our instructors depended on the information until we revoked their ability to run reports themselves due to performance issues. Campus administrators can still generate reports (though some still fail). We doubt the solution to this is Blackboard improving the…

  • Public Performance and Universities

    Since restaurants get sued for not paying royalties for public performances of copyrighted music, it seems likely playing a song at an athletic event is a public performance. I wonder how much the UGA Athletics or just UGA pays ASCAP for the ability to do this? Certainly, its not academic use. 🙂 Youuuuuuu – Red…

  • links for 2007-10-16

    . Steve Souders: “High Performance Web Sites: 14 Rules for Faster Pages”–video – O’Reilly FYI (tags: performance webdesign CSS html http) Support Forums: Problem of changing Weblogic 9.2 default password (tags: Blackboard_Vista bea)

  • A More Usable Usability

    Previously I have seen usability describing ease of using a web site. These four essences of usability are interesting. I believe that to satisfy customers, a Web site must fulfill four distinct needs: Availability: A site that’s unreachable, for any reason, is useless. Responsiveness: Having reached the site, pages that download slowly are likely to…

  • links for 2007-09-27

    Nerds to auction themselves to women – Yahoo! News (tags: news nerd) ASP.NET AJAX and Performance: Loadrunner 9.0 new features and problems (tags: load_testing.mercury) Sept. 26, 1983: The Man Who Saved the World by Doing … Nothing (tags: history) HP Customer Perspective: HP LoadRunner software – Tips and Tricks for Configuration, Scripting, and Execution –…