Weekly Web Updates – August 12, 2019

We’ve added a set of new chart components to our Drupal 8 sites which will allow editors to add bar, pie, line, and donut charts, along with a component that just lets you put a big number on the page.

Updates

  • Drupal group 8.x-1.0-rc4
  • WordPress instagram-feed plugin 1.12.2
  • WordPress jetpack plugin 7.6
  • WordPress redirection plugin 4.3.3
  • WordPress the-events-calendar plugin 4.9.6
  • WordPress responsive theme 3.16
  • WordPress rokophoto-lite theme 1.1.25

Fixes and Tweaks

  • A number of accessibility improvements to the new themes for Drupal 8: header and left navigation menus will now always have descriptive headings, profile lists and themed panels no longer lack unidentified headings, and the page HTML passes validation checks.
  • The site cache for the Library site is now manually cleared at 12:01am to ensure that the hours are fetched and re-cached each day.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Creating new Drupal 8 sites for our schools and programs.
  • Upgrading the Course Hub to Drupal 8.

Weekly Web Updates – August 5, 2019

Due to a recent update, the backend process that updates RSS feeds on our site would sometimes silently fail when it encountered too many redirects trying to fetch a feed and stop processing. We believe we have fixed this issue, but are continuing to investigate.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Fixed an issue on the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference photo gallery listing where HTML in profile bios was getting chopped prematurely, causing the whole page to be in italics.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Creating new Drupal 8 sites for our schools and programs.
  • Upgrading the Course Hub to Drupal 8.

Weekly Oracle “Drop-in” Support Sessions

Sign saying We Can Help

Are you (or someone you know) looking for in-person assistance with Oracle tasks? Or perhaps just some moral support? We are ready to lend a hand! Weekly “drop-in” Oracle support sessions will take place every Thursday from 3:00 to 4:30 pm ET in Davis Family Library, Rm 145, through mid-October.  No need to sign up — please stop by any time during these open hours.  Finance and ITS staff, along with Oracle training facilitators, will be available to share their expertise.

Can’t make it? Join us via Zoom! Via internet: https://middlebury.zoom.us/j/716417365; via phone: dial 646-876-9923 and use meeting ID: 716 417 365

Full details or any last-minute changes are posted on the Resources for Oracle Finance site.

Weekly Web Updates – July 29, 2019

We’ve added a new Degree Finder tool to the Middlebury Institute’s homepage and the menu of all its sub-pages in order to make getting to the academic programs simpler.

Updates

  • Drupal link_attributes 8.x-1.9
  • Drupal metatag 8.x-1.9
  • Drupal views_field_formatter 8.x-1.10
  • WordPress enable-media-replace plugin 3.3.5
  • WordPress members plugin 2.2.0
  • WordPress nextgen-gallery plugin 3.2.10
  • WordPress post-expirator plugin 2.4.0.1
  • WordPress seriously-simple-podcasting plugin 1.20.6
  • WordPress the-events-calendar plugin 4.9.5
  • WordPress hueman theme 3.4.26
  • WordPress responsive theme 3.15.2

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Fixed an issue where RSS Feeds on the Drupal 7 site would break if they fetched content from a remote source that returned it in “chunks”, such as a feed with multiple pages.
  • Editors can now make the call to action links in the Card Carousel component in Drupal 8 sites accessible using the aria-label attribute to add explanation to link text like “Find out more”.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Creating new Drupal 8 sites for our schools and programs.
  • Upgrading the Course Hub to Drupal 8.

Macbook recalls

ITS wants to make all employees and students aware of two current serious Macbook recalls:

Recall #1:

Apple has issued a battery recall notice for “Mid-2015” model 15″ Macbook Pro laptops. The situation is a safety issue as according to Apple “the battery may overheat and pose a fire safety risk.”

Apple’s customer info page about the issue can be found at:
https://support.apple.com/15-inch-macbook-pro-battery-recall

Employees here at the college with college-issued Macbooks affected by this issue have been contacted via a WebHelpdesk ticket to arrange to have Apple repair their computer. Employees with personal computers and students are advised to use the above link to check their serial number and then follow the instructions on their website to arrange repair. Due to the nature of this repair, Apple is not allowing us to perform the repair in-house so your Macbook will need to be shipped to Apple for repair. Turn around will be 1 to 2 weeks and Apple advises users to shut down and stop using the computer until after it is repaired.  If you store any files to the local hard drive, you will want to transition your data onto one of our cloud storage solutions, like OneDrive/Middfiles beforehand.  With an off-site repair, data is not guaranteed to be intact, and our cloud storage options are backed up and accessible from just about anywhere.   


Recall #2:

Another recall is for the SSD (hard drive) in some 13” non-touchbar Macbook Pro laptops. This problem can lead to data loss. To check your serial number, use this link:

https://support.apple.com/13-inch-macbook-pro-solid-state-drive-service

Affected employees here at the college have already had tickets created and been emailed via WebHelpdesk. Users are advised to ensure they are properly storing all their data on OneDrive/Middfiles in order to protect their data in the event their SSD fails prior to repair.

Experience the Library in Your Language

Finding your way around the library takes time, and we know that during summer language schools, time is scarce!  That’s why we’ve created guides to the library for every summer language, from Spanish, to Hebrew to Experience the library in your languageChinese and more. Browse a complete list of guides here.

Each guide is curated by a Middlebury librarian to help you find what you need quickly.  We provide links to lists of in-language books, search tips, and answers to questions that have been asked by other students.

Most importantly,  each guide includes contact information for a librarian who can help. Use the “Schedule Appointment” button to sign up for a one-on-one research consultation with your librarian. Talk with us about what you’re working on — and save yourself some time!

Find your research guide at go.middlebury.edu/guides.

Weekly Web Updates – July 22, 2019

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Creating new Drupal 8 sites for our schools and programs.
  • Upgrading the Course Hub to Drupal 8.

Weekly Web Updates – July 15, 2019

Updates

  • Drupal config_perms 8.x-1.2
  • Drupal media 7.x-2.22
  • WordPress duplicate-post plugin 3.2.3
  • WordPress wysija-newsletters plugin 2.12
  • WordPress seriously-simple-podcasting plugin 1.20.5
  • WordPress accelerate theme 1.4.2

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Fixed an issue with caching on the Library site where the desired cache lifetime of the Library Hours banner and RSS feed were not bubbled up to the page level and inconsistently cleared. The cache lifetime of a page with an RSS feed is now one hour. Other pages with the Library Hours will have their cache expire at midnight.
  • Updated the dates on the Language Schools inquiry form to properly show upcoming years.
  • Removed all use of the PECL_HTTP library, allowing us to remove a custom external package repository from our system configuration.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Creating new Drupal 8 sites for our schools and programs.
  • Upgrading the Course Hub to Drupal 8.