Feb. 21st, 2017 01:02 pm
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Just got a spam email at work with a URL that included "Potato Transformation Symposium." Not going to click it because (a) malware and (b) whatever's there will be a disappointment compared to what my mind conjures up from that phrase.
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Very tiny, very scared wee beastie at the library today. I heard him squalling outside my window (CLOSED and TWO FLOORS UP!), and a coworker who does kitten fostering and campus trap-neuter-release went outside and caught him. He's on his way to the vet now.
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Photo of the 1970 TCU rifle team. I love the expression on the face of the young woman on the upper right.
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I discovered yesterday that the campus Google appliance had gone bananas on our FAQ service, hitting it up for three specific search terms every five minutes or so.

Since May. Since 11:08 AM on May 13th, to be precise.

I'd discovered that I'd done searches on those three terms at the time the Google bot started its journey into darkness, which presumably triggered it, but I'd also done a number of searches on other terms at the same time because I was updating all the FAQs associated with them. No idea why the bot chose to obsess over "copyright," "texshare," and "new material alerts." The database that holds the logs for these queries is now overflowing with approximately 30K hits per month since May, rendering the stats tools in the service unusable.

I talked with campus IT and while the ultimate cause of why it picked those three terms is unknown, it was having problems with the searches not completing, so it was repeating them and repeating them. After discussion, I picked the option of not having the campus search index the FAQs to stop the madness. Most of our users use regular Google to search for stuff related to the campus and the library tbh, and I've got a custom Google search on the site, not the campus search, so it'll affect us not at all, and I've got a support ticket into the service asking them to delete all the records that come from that specific IP address.

So, um, yay technology?
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My boss got himself a new ringtone--it's the Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated." Which means it's now stuck in my head. (The coworker in the office on the other side has a ringtone that sounds like the bells when a public library is about to close--you know the ones--so periodically throughout the day I get the urge to gather my books at take them to the front desk to be checked out.)
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Can you help me? If you have IE, could you go to this page and let me know if a list of links to questions/answers shows up under the heading "Library Access FAQs"? If they do NOT show up, please let me know your OS, and IE version?

It should look something like this: Read more... )Reason why I"m asking: I have a report that when the dean was giving a presentation, she pulled up this page (on IE) and the questions didn't show up. I'm trying to track down if it was the version of IE or what.
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Our study room reservation system has a space that you put a name or other identifying description in. This shows up on the reservations page and on the RoomWizard doohickey at the door, so you know who's in that room. We've got language warning people not to put in offensive or obscene descriptions, and for the most part they're usually pretty tame, with a few creative ones here and there.

Finals, however, is bringing out the silly as over 50% of them are no longer just "econ 305" or whatnot. Here is a list of room descriptions I culled from today's reservations.

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The website I'm working on is due to go live TOMORROW. Naturally I find bug in the code that displays the most-used part of the site (databases) yesterday afternoon. And this morning I confirm that it's appeared on the site for months now, and for some reason I just didn't hit the correct combination of factors to display it.

And looking at my code I'm all WHY DID YOU DO IT THIS WAY THIS IS CRAP so I get to spend today rewriting THIS ENTIRE SECTION OF THE SITE so I can actually take the thing live tomorrow.



Jun. 12th, 2015 12:31 pm
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Hello my name is POSSUM and I am TINY and WEE.

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Toby walked over for lunch today, and afterwards I let him out the handicapped entrance. It's got a foyer, where we stopped for a short time as I was pointing out the flood damage that occurred before they redid the damage, then he gave me a hug and a kiss before I opened the outer door.

And as he walked by the intercom, we heard a chorus of "AAAWWWWWW!!" coming from it. Methinks the lab managers and student workers who control the door have nothing better to do today.XD

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