Announcement: AP makes one million minutes of historical footage available on YouTube
The Associated Press archive dates back to 1895 with new footage added daily. British Movietone covers 1895 – 1986.
Middlebury College is retiring the Bombay print server on August 3, 2015, as it is incompatible with our current 64-bit operating systems. Bombay has been replaced by a new print server named Walnut that has all of the same print queues on it.
ITS has worked with the majority of people who were connecting to the old server but if you have been away from campus you may experience an interruption in printing services until you move from Bombay to Walnut printers. If needed, refer to the steps below to restore printing. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact the Helpdesk at 802.443.2200 or via email to email@example.com.
The VPN connection between Middlebury and Monterey is seeing intermittent issues, dropping in and out. It’s being actively worked both here in Middlebury and in Monterey. This will impact all connections between the two campuses, including email and many Middlebury campus based services.
We will update this post when service has been restored.
UPDATE 4:00 PM:
The VPN has been stable since the last message. There is still a concern with the backup systems, but the active VPN is in good health.
There could be one more brief interruption (~2 minutes) before the end of the business day today. We’ll be working with the vendor over the next day or so to find root cause and bring us back to full redundancy.
~Zach Schuetz on behalf of ITS
Faculty, staff, and students at the Middlebury campuses in both Vermont and Monterey now have access to the E-Library of the International Monetary Fund.
The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) eLibrary simplifies analysis and research with direct access to the IMF’s periodicals, books, working papers and studies. In addition to nearly 14,000 of the IMF’s publications, the E-Library includes access to data and statistical tools such as International Financial Statistics, Direction of Trade Statistics, and more – click the “IMF DATA” link at the top:
I mentioned this at the last ITS Tech Partners meeting and promised to include a link to it in this week’s updates. tota11y is a bookmarklet that you can use to highlight accessibility issues on web pages.
Tweaks & Fixes
- We have updated the Museum of Art site to use the Drupal Service Links module for the buttons that allow you to share news items on social media. The ShareThis module has been removed from all Drupal sites.
When you click the “Put on Reserve” link in MIDCAT, the form will automatically populate the Call Number field.
During our regular maintenance window this Sunday, July 26th from 6 am – 10 am we have the following activities scheduled:
- There will be equipment changes that may cause brief (up to 2 minute) interruptions to Internet connectivity for the Vermont campuses, including Bread Loaf.
- There will be slightly longer Internet connectivity interruptions for the Ilsley Library, which is closed on Sundays
- Offices in Voter Hall will lose network connectivity for up to 20 minutes during the maintenance window while equipment is moved.
We appreciate your patience as we continuously strive to keep our systems functioning optimally.
ITS – Central Systems & Network Services
There is now a “simple search” field at the top of the Directory that uses Active Directory’s Ambiguous Name Resolution index to return results from multiple fields. These are all “starts with” searches, so searching for “Joe” will return people whose first or last names start with “Joe”. All of the old search options are still available in the Advanced Search section on the same page.
Tweaks and Fixes
- When you are editing a piece of content in Drupal the “Owner” of that content will be updated to be you once you save it. If you wish to set the “Owner” to someone else, you can do so in the Permissions settings while editing. This matches how “Owner”s are already set when editing Page settings in Drupal.
- WordPress sites with the Subscribe2 plugin enabled were sending up to four emails to the author of a post when it was published. This is apparently a “feature” of Subscribe2, giving authors an opportunity to see examples of all the possible emails the plugin is sending to subscribers. These emails are no longer being sent to post authors, but you can subscribe yourself to your own site(s) if you wish to continue receiving emails of your posts. If you were already subscribed, no action is required on your part.
- The “Body” field of Drupal RSS Page content will now be shown when the content is displayed, not just when it is being edited. The body will appear above the list of RSS feed links.
- HTML tables that are wider than the content area in Drupal will now be wrapped in a special element after the page loads that allows for horizontal scrolling, rather than having the table overflow out of the contents region.
- We have fixed issues in Drupal that prevented editors from adding space around images and links around images in table cells. Please note that due to an issue with how Internet Explorer communicates with pop-up windows, editing in IE is still not supported at this time. Editing in other browsers, such as Firefox, Chrome, or Safari is advised.
- The correct space between profiles when displayed as a list of “cards” will now be applied, even if there are non-profile nodes on the page with the list. Previously, these non-profiles had been throwing off the even/odd count on which items to apply the margin.
- The Google Fonts Domine, Open Sans, and Rosarivo are now loaded on the Middlebury and MIIS Drupal sites. These will be used for some text styles going forward, to better match the fonts already in use for print publications.
- The WordPress Jetpack plugin’s Custom Content Type submodule has been re-enabled.
- The Library Hours in that site’s sidebar will no longer include the date as it was always the current day’s date.
- The image slider on the Davis UWC Scholars site is even more slightly faster.