UCalgary's Bandwidth Restrictions (again)

I tried a couple of times this morning to join a webcast offered by Apple, on the topic of using Lectopia to capture and distribute lectures (and other material). Something that would be useful, say, at a large-ish university that spends a fair amount of time and effort on online and blended learning. Instead of being able to attend the webcast, I got occasional snippets of audio, and about once every minute or so I get a partial screen refresh for the video feed of the webcast....

October 25, 2006 · 1 min

University of Calgary group on Flickr

I just realized that there was no "University of Calgary" group on Flickr, so I created one. This should be an interesting way for students, faculty, staff and alumni to share photos about the U of C. Please feel free to join the group and add any photos you'd like to share.

February 23, 2006 · 1 min

Quick Photos from Around Campus

It started out as a simple photo collection mission. Shawn is in Hong Kong, and asked if I had any pictures of the "Goddess of Democracy" statue that was erected on campus in memory of the Tiananmen Square incident of 1989. I didn't have any photos handy, but wanted to take a couple. It's weird how walking around campus with a camera in hand makes you see things slightly differently. I've been on campus since 1987 (with a short hiatus when I was working downtown), and never realized that much of the drabbery around here is really kind of interesting....

February 23, 2006 · 1 min

Homeless in the Learning Commons

Our office space is being renovated/downsized to make room for a new bioinformatics lab. All of the construction/cleanup/setup on our side of the floor was supposed to be done over the weekend, but it wasn't. And they've already started demolition of the area I was in last week. So... Until they finally get around to correctly setting up my area, I'm homeless at work. I'm poaching an ethernet line from a nearby cube today, with the iPod cranked waaay up to drown out the noise of movers and furniture-setter-uppers....

November 21, 2005 · 1 min

Workshops on weblogs, wikis, etc. @ The U of C

It looks like I'll be doing a couple of campus-wide workshops on the whole weblogs/wikis/rss/etc... stuff here at the University of Calgary. I'm going to try to pace it a little better than previous rounds, so will be breaking it into separate sessions. The first session will be on weblogs and RSS, to give a tour of what this stuff is, and point people at a few places to get started - weblogs....

October 13, 2005 · 2 min

U of C Network Killed by W32/IRCbot.worm

Looks like our on-campus networks are being hammered by W32/IRCbot.worm - the Learning Commons webserver, Pachyderm, APOLLO, as well as the main U of C website are all being affected by terabytes of virus traffic taking over the network. Even though our servers aren't running the Biggest Security Hole Known to Man, and are themselves quite safe, they don't have any bandwidth available due to the predominance of lesser boxes on the network....

August 19, 2005 · 1 min

Solar Car Race - Texas to Calgary

The North American Solar Challenge finished today (official photos from entire race), with the finish line and reception area at the University of Calgary. The team from the U of C finished to cheers of hundreds (but I couldn't see because I was stuck in a huge line for a free BBQ burger...) Lots of cool (but scarily tiny) solar powered cars. A surprisingly huge turnout - crowd was huge! And some irony thrown in for good measure....

July 27, 2005 · 1 min

IT Nazis

I spent the morning off campus (well, at another non-university-of-calgary campus) working in a place that actually made me appreciate the openness of the U of C networks. I was installing a web application on a new server for them - something that usually requires a network connection (both to download the bits to install, and to let people use the thing after it lights up). The server was behind a scary virtual lan setup, and couldn't see anything outside of its own hub....

July 18, 2005 · 2 min

Pachyderm Server Down (temporarily, I hope)

The thoughtful and friendly folks at the U of C decided to upgrade the electrical infrastructure in the Learning Commons today. That meant that apollo.ucalgary.ca would be without power. "No problem, thanks for the notice," I thought - assuming they'd be shutting down the server before yanking the plug. They didn't. And now the server is struggling to get back up again. I'm kinda remote from the server right now, hunkered down at SSU with the rest of the Pachyderm developers....

April 26, 2005 · 1 min

Blocking Ping

I just found out (almost by accident) that the U of C has decided to block ping. I knew ping wasn't working - hasn't been for what feels like forever. I just heard today that it was a deliberate move to block the port used by ping - to prevent hacking of unsecured Windows boxes using those ports. So, let me get this straight. You've got a bunch of renegade unpatched Windows boxes on campus....

April 5, 2005 · 1 min