Host Hopping Cookies

It started with a tweet on Saturday morning. @MsIngalls: When I go to the Checklist in @Desire2Learn -when I am logged in – I get an error message that says my log in has expired – ideas? #d2l This sounded like an issue we had in WebCT Vista product I called Failed Sessions. FSes occur when… Continue reading Host Hopping Cookies

Extending Gmail Addresses

Surprised I have not posted prior about this. Gmail allows one to use username+anything@gmail.com and have it delivered to username@gmail.com. Use it to sign up for web sites or things and filter later. Should this address be compromised, you can create a filter to delete anything sent through just that address. Keep in mind… Though I… Continue reading Extending Gmail Addresses

DSID-0C090334

Working with our clients on LDAP configuration almost invariable starts with SSL certificates. Self-signed, intermediate, and take up a while. The two tools, openSSL and keytool have become my friends. Working with a network admin for the client, I finally saw the legitimate certificate correctly signed by the intermediate certificate not the self-signed. This means I… Continue reading DSID-0C090334

Report Just Usernames

Occasionally I’ll want to see the usernames who use something like a user-agent property or were doing something during a range of time. Rather than report all the log lines and pick them out of the data, I use this which Blackboard (or maybe BEA added). Note  we’ve added user-agents to the webserver.log. The double… Continue reading Report Just Usernames

Facebook Usernames

If you cannot find me, then you are not looking. If you search on Facebook for Ezra Freelove, then I am the only result at the moment. Maybe all you knew was Ezra and the city where I lived? Facebook search is not so great you could find me through my first name plus something… Continue reading Facebook Usernames

Recap of Vista Stuff

It has been a hectic week. A recap… Java certificate fix – Yesterday, August 23rd, the certificate distributed in various Java applets expired. The community discovered the issue and informed Blackboard who put out a fix for the more current products on August 15th. Many customers are leery of having such little lead time to… Continue reading Recap of Vista Stuff

Please verify the admin user and password

So, I got this error… Unknown WebCT username or invalid password. Please verify the admin user and password in the IMS Settings. I assumed the username and password were probably right. I had to find my error somewhere else. The error turned out to be one missing character out of the 57 character long glcid.… Continue reading Please verify the admin user and password

Confidentiality

A student wants Blackboard Vista to not reveal his or her last name. The student has already gone to the Registrar and gotten a confidentiality flag placed on the record. As I understand it, this flag in Banner is a FERPA protection to prevent the record from being provided to parties external to the university.… Continue reading Confidentiality