We’re back. On the air, and live streaming, at a new time.
Tune-in during your lunch hour to the radio show that reveals the secrets of special collections.
This week we’ll be joined by guest DJ, Classics Professor Christopher Star for Episode #12, featuring music and talk inspired by the thought, art, and life of ancient Greece and Rome.
Mozart to Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash to The Doors. Be there. And be enlightened. With a soundtrack.
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WRMC Studio, 1970. From the Middlebury College Archives.
You No Longer Need to Wait Five Minutes to See Your Drupal Changes (Most of the Time)
When you save content, save page settings, or create new content, that change will now immediately appear for everyone browsing the site, whether they are logged in or not. We use a caching service named Varnish that takes the rendered output from Drupal and keeps it in memory for five minutes. Everyone who is not logged in visiting the site (if you’re logged in you will always get an un-cached copy) will get the copy of the page from Varnish within that five minute window, meaning Drupal doesn’t need to use resources recreating the page for each visitor. After five minutes, the next person to request that page will get it from Drupal and Varnish will update its cache with the new copy.
Now, when you update or create new content on many of our Drupal sites, Varnish will be notified in the background that it should clear its cache and get the new copy of the page. So even if it’s only been a minute since the page was requested when you click the save button, the next visitor will get a fresh copy of the page from Drupal with your latest changes.
Unfortunately, this does not work for content displayed in page regions other than the main content area. If you update a sidebar item on a department homepage, the cache will only clear for that homepage, not all of the sub-pages on which the sidebar item might also appear. You’ll still need to wait the five minutes for that to happen.
We have only made this change to the Drupal sites where we run Monster Menus. Right now, that includes:
We will roll out a similar change to our other Drupal sites soon.
Fixes & Tweaks
- The Audio Player plugin for MediaWiki now works as intended.
- Drupal webform radio and checkbox lists that are marked as required will now correctly show the red asterisk next to their field label when the field allows “Other…” as an option. It was missing, previously.
- The Site Editor Log In link on the Middlebury Drupal site now appears in bright green on blue backgrounds, making it visible.
- We have removed the WordPress Simple Footnotes Editor Button plugin, which no longer works.
- We have removed the Pinterest link from the MIIS site footer.
- The Varnish 503 Error page has been re-themed to provide better messaging during an error or widespread downtime.
Thanks to poet Gary Margolis for sharing this library-related poem.
Memory requests a title from the closed
stacks. An exchange student is sent
into the basement to retrieve an available book.
Downstairs he remembers he saw a couple
of co-eds making love in their end-of-semester
carrel. They didn’t look up. Never asked
if he wrote his mother in Ethiopia. They just
kept going at it. A phrase he learned
in his ESL class. Perhaps one day he’d recall
in his home-at-last house. Retrieve a fact
he learned for a test. Memories aren’t stored
like books. What we feel and smell and see,
what we touch, chapters it wouldn’t be wrong
to say, kept separately in the brain’s foreign
places. Experienced pieces of love and near-love.
We can retrieve if we remember to ask. Even
when they’re found where they’re supposed to be.
Next to another story, a text, an oversized
compendium of maps. And carried, close to the chest,
floor by floor, up to the circulation desk.
The Middlebury Institute homepage received a new design. This features three content regions (the slideshow, Important Dates, and Academic Highlights) that can be edited by the Communications team at MIIS in the admin interface directly, giving them more flexibility in ensuring timely content appears on their site.
As part of an update to the WRMC website, we’ve added the Chat plugin to WordPress, which you can now activate to add a chat box to your site. You can try it out by chatting with the WRMC DJs.
At the request of several MIIS programs, we have added a WordPress plugin to that embeds appointment booking from the Simplybook.me service.
We added a block to the Middlebury Drupal site to display tweets from @MiddInfoSec.
Tweaks and Fixes
- We made many updates to improve the WRMC site, at the direction of their board. The weekly schedule now starts the day at midnight, rather than 5am. The “On Air” section only shows up if a show is in progress and the current playing song will be shown based on the DJ playlist and the duration of the song, according to Last.FM. In addition to many other small stylistic tweaks, we’ve fixed a performance issue that caused very long page loads.
- The Quick Chat plugin was replaced with the Chat plugin in WordPress and the former is no longer available for use.
- The Arclite WordPress theme only allowed network administrators to access its settings form. It may now be access by site administrators.
- If you try to view a syllabus on the Course Hub that is private and you’re not logged in, you will now see a “not authorized” message rather than a “no syllabus added” message.
- Fixed an issue on the non-flash version of the MiddMedia uploader that was causing problems.
- The MIIS forms site is now included in the weekly SiteImprove index.
- Navigation for the “Giving” sub-section of the MIIS site was updated in GO, the Course Catalog, the MIIS forms site, and the MIIS Directory.
- The CSS file for the Drupal “Edit Console” is now loaded in a way that allows it to be merged with all the other Drupal CSS files, saving your browser having to issue a separate request to download it.
- We have removed the “Location Type” taxonomy and the “Location” content type from the Middlebury Drupal site. These were used for an older version of the Campus Map. The current campus map is hosted externally.
Information Security has become aware of a new phishing threat with a subject line of “ITS Help-desk”. Please see below for the full content of this attack. Note this email is a hoax and should be deleted from your email. Do not reply to this message and do not click any links in this message. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the help desk at x2200 or forward the message to email@example.com.
Important reminders to spot a phish include:
- Read the entire email from start to finish to ensure that the content and language fits with the sender.
- Hover your mouse over links to ensure the link directs you to the destination indicated by the email.
- Look for misplaced language, such as copyrights or signatures, that do not match the sender.
For additional information on phishing please visit http://go.middlebury.edu/phish
All Clear: the latest content has been restore, sites current as of approximately 9:00 EST this morning, sites operating normally.
Update: It was necessary to restore the supporting database for our primary Middlebury and MIIS drupal web sites. The sites are now responsive, however we currently are restoring more current versions of the database, while this is taking place, there will be some older content displayed.
There is an issue that is causing the MIIS and Middlebury drupal sites to be unresponsive or slow. ITS is working on the issue and expect to resolve it this morning.
You can now embed content from trailhub.com in WordPress. This was added to provide trail conditions for the Rikert Nordic Center.
Tweaks and Fixes
- We made several improvements to the program that fetches images for the Athletics history wall from flickr, including ensuring that photos no longer in flickr are removed and email reports of errors on importing images.
- Fixed an error that sometimes prevented a WordPress site from being able to be added to a Course Hub page.
- Three Google Web Fonts will no longer be loaded on each Drupal page load as we decided to use the licensed Sentinel and Whitney fonts instead. This should improve page load times for first-time visitors as their browsers will no longer need to download the Google Web Font files.