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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!

Posted by Tate Bosler in Updates

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.

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Posted by Tate Bosler in New Releases, Updates

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

May the Fourth Be With You!

Today is May 4th, which is celebrated by Star Wars fans worldwide. In celebration, CBD has been updated to version 2.20, with a Star Wars themed update!

May the Fourth be with you!

May the Fourth be with you!

Posted by Tate Bosler in Updates

CBD is now at sayleshill.xyz

Calling all users of Carleton Building Dashboard (CBD)! If you’re still using the old site, it’s time to update your bookmarks and iOS quick-launch icons to point to sayleshill.xyz.

CBD was originally launched in the sandbox at /carleton/hours. Once demand for the site grew, and the address was hard to remember, I purchased the domain sayleshill.xyz and rewrote the site to be easier to use. Now it gets about 40 hits a day, which I’m really proud of.

If you still use the old sandbox link, you’ll be presented with a page warning you to update your bookmarks. This is a temporary page which will be removed prior to Peer Leader Camp.

Posted by Tate Bosler in Updates

Welcome to Goldenrod

Welcome to my new server! I’ve completed all app maintenance ahead of schedule, and for the most part it was a seamless transition. The sandbox and blog have been reset, old subdomains and email addresses that haven’t been used in ages have been purged, and overall the server just feels like it’s running better. You could say spring cleaning is going well!

As I like to do, I’ve named this server – and since DreamHost gave it a lovely boring name of PS some blob of numbers that I’ve already forgotten, I’ve given it a much better name: Goldenrod. I hope this new server will serve me well in the coming years as I learn new techniques and technologies, and continue to provide useful services for the Carleton community.

Expand the post for a list of the things I want to do in the next six months.

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Posted by Tate Bosler in Updates