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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CBD 3.2: Buses!

Willis Station’s departure board has been officially added to CBD in update 3.2, which went live this morning. The update adds a new page at sayleshill.xyz/willis (or sayleshill.xyz/bus) which lists all of the upcoming departures for the day. The departure board is accurate for summer service.

In the future you’ll be able to customize a few things about the departure board.

DISCLAIMER: Buses cannot be tracked in real time and it’s possible that the site could have outdated information, so it’s important for you to know the schedules and always arrive at the station at least five minutes before your scheduled departure time. Buses can run early or late depending on traffic and other conditions. Fares and schedules can change without notice.

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CBD 3.0

I’m happy to announce the release of CBD 3.0 for the 2016-2017 academic year. The site is now live with academic term hours and lots of new features that I think you will enjoy!

You can expand the post for a full list of new buildings and improvements, or just head over to CBD at sayleshill.xyz. In accordance with the 3.0 release, the old sandbox mirror has been completely disconnected.

Continue reading →

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Thank you for your feedback!

In the three days the CBD feedback form has been up, I’ve received 35 responses with some very useful feedback. Thank you to everyone who submitted ideas on how I can improve the site over the summer! I’ll leave the form up for another few days just in case you want to add your two cents, but with this data I think I’ve got enough of a direction to start planning.

Because I like having open data, I’ll share some of the insights.

Continue reading →

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CBD Summer Schedule and Feedback

As it has done for winter and spring breaks, CBD will be taken offline during Carleton’s summer break. (This is largely because most facilities have different hours than normal during the summer, and not everyone posts them as abundantly as academic term hours.)

The full schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday, May 31: Reading Days and finals hours posted for common facilities (dining facilities, Libe, KRLX, etc). These will take effect automatically.
  • Tuesday, June 7: Site is switched to LDC only (all other facilities will be hidden)
  • Friday, September 9: All facilities return with academic term hours

In the meantime, please give me feedback on the site by filling out this form if you have a minute. I’ll try to give the site a bit of improvement over the summer, as not much has changed since its full (v2.0) launch in late September 2015.

Whether you’ve used the site a hundred times or you’ve never heard of it, and whether or not you give feedback via the form above, thank you for using the site – it means a lot to me!

Posted by Tate Bosler in Updates