Updates

Sayles Hill for iOS v1.0.1

I’ve updated the Sayles Hill app for iOS to version 1.0.1. This update fixes an issue where the app could get stuck downloading hours every time it was launched after an update was pushed.

This update is now available in the App Store, though it may take up to 24 hours to appear worldwide. If your device uses Automatic Updates, the update will be automatically installed for you (usually overnight when connected to Wi-Fi). Otherwise, you can head to the App Store to grab it.

If you don’t have the app, go ahead and grab it here!

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sayleshill.xyz 3.7

sayleshill.xyz has been updated to version 3.7. This version doesn’t include too many front-facing improvements, but it does include a new problem reporting tool, which you can use to let me know of inaccurate building times.

Since sayleshill.xyz is not maintained by Carleton, I have to update it manually. Usually that works out, but hours can change unexpectedly or without my knowledge, so I rely on community reports to keep everything up to date. If you notice something is inaccurate, please fill out the problem report form at sayleshill.xyz/problem and let me know what’s wrong, and I’ll give you credit on the site!

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sayleshill.xyz service restored

Service on sayleshill.xyz has been restored after an outage caused by an expired SSL certificate.

sayleshill.xyz uses Let’s Encrypt, a free, automated SSL certificate generation platform, to manage its security certificates (in fact, all of my websites use Let’s Encrypt, but SSL is only mandated on sayleshill.xyz and some pages of tatebosler.com). Let’s Encrypt failed to automatically renew the certificate when it expired recently. That problem has now been fixed and service restored.

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Project New Wave Updates

It’s been a while since I’ve given an update on Project New Wave, KRLX’s project to renovate our studios and replace our gear. Since we were funded in February, a few things have happened that warrant an update.

The quick and dirty is that we’re preparing for Phase Two: construction. We’re in the process of getting our Phase Two funding on the spring ballot. But I’m getting ahead of myself – there are lots of cool things in the works. Read on for details!

Continue reading →

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Advisory: Network Maintenance Thursday 2017-02-09

DreamHost has issued a network maintenance advisory that affects tatebosler.com, sayleshill.xyz, and krlx.org. Services may be unavailable between 12:30 and 4:30 am Central Time on Thursday, February 9.

More information is at dreamhoststatus.com. Please let me know if there are any issues outside of this period!

Update: This will affect krlx.org as well. Live streams will be maintained on TuneIn until maintenance ends.

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MidWinter Ball Circulator added to bus departures

The MWB Circulator route has been added to CBD Buses for Saturday night’s event!

Like all special services, MWB departures will be listed in orange on the website. The only interruption will be between the 11:45 and midnight departures, since I (still, sorry!) haven’t built next-day logic into the departures board.

Clients polling JSON should update the buses feed.

In other news, tatebosler.com is now forcing an SSL connection through Let’s Encrypt.

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[RESOLVED] SSL Certificate on sayleshill.xyz

The SSL certificate for sayleshill.xyz has expired and is being refreshed. This should have happened automatically in the background a few days ago, but for one reason or another, it didn’t. Sorry about that!

DreamHost support is working on resolving the issue and I’ll update this post once I have more details.

Clients polling JSON feeds will encounter errors over HTTPS, and may not be able to poll over HTTP. Use the last available version if you have one, as data have not changed recently.

Update 2017-01-30: The issue has been resolved!

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PPS discontinued until further notice

PPS has been discontinued until further notice.

I hate having to do this, but unfortunately the technical issues that I mentioned previously have made it practically impossible to continually update the site with current printer data. The data still exist, but updating the site on a regular basis is not easily doable with the current set of tools that I have access to. (Believe me, I’ve tried lots of different options, and they’re unreliable at best.)

In a few days, sayleshill.xyz/printers will redirect you to the Carleton ITS printer status page, which requires a Carleton login. It’s nowhere near as pretty as what PPS was, but it will at least give you lots of information about the printers and what they’re up to.

I’ll continue looking into solutions to bring PPS back to life, but for now it will be discontinued.

As always, thank you for your continued support and use of the site!

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PPS temporarily offline

Hey all,

Quick heads up: I’ve had to disable PPS (Public Printer Status at sayleshill.xyz/printers, which was just announced last week) for the time being, because the printer status feed that I was using has been updated significantly, and was causing my retrieval tool to error out and not display anything of value.

Any clients using data from the printer feed should suspend access until the issue is resolved (though accessing the data feed will just give an empty array).

The page is still up where it was, but it won’t display any data until I can figure out what’s causing the problem. Hopefully we’ll be back up and running in some capacity shortly.

I’ll keep the front page, status page, and PPS itself updated as information becomes available.

Thanks for your patience!

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CBD 3.5: Public Printers

Hey all, and happy winter break to my fellow Carls!

So you know how sometimes you’re working on a paper and you realize that you need to print it out? Like, right now? Because class is in ten minutes? So you frantically upload your paper to the web print network and send it off to whatever building is reasonably along the way to your destination.

The last thing you want to have happen is to get to the printer and find that it can’t print anything at all because someone forgot to restock the paper. Even worse is when the toner is low enough to make a bad print (which you still get charged for), but not empty enough to prevent the print.

Enter CBD 3.5’s Public Printer Status feature, available now at sayleshill.xyz/printers.

PPS updates automatically with information from the Carleton ITS printer network. During the day (7:00 am to 11:00 pm, US-Central Time), updates are pushed to PPS every ten minutes. Overnight, the update frequency automatically scales back to every half hour, since it’s unlikely that a 3:30 AM print will cause a major change in status.

Printers that ITS has flagged as restricted-access don’t appear on PPS, along with any printers that aren’t accessible to students via the standard web print network. (Department heads: if your printer appears on PPS but you don’t want it to, talk to ITS to get it restricted to faculty, staff, and student workers only, and it will automatically disappear from PPS.)

PPS displays printers as “Ready” with a green checkmark if all is well. Most printers will display warnings in orange if they’re low on paper or toner. Errors will display in red. The public printers in Sayles and the Libe will display with an orange “Large Queue” status if they have 15 or more jobs pending. If you’re in a hurry, you might want to avoid the Large Queue printers if you can.

As always, please let me know if you have any feature suggestions or feedback!

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