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This Week's Tweaks

Friday 19 October 2012 05:16 pm

Server upgrade
few more server tweaks - php-oci8 install, shibboleth & SSL install and config, Dell OMSA package, mail config.

Core
updated various functions that handle degree programmes to use the 'prog_version' more widely to better differentiate between similar degrees (e.g. 7091 is now 7091-1-1, 7091-1-2 etc). As a consequence updates to selectProgramme, changeProgramme, programmes_students, ePDP (view & manage), PG DB (lists, reports)

Oracle connect
updated undergrad_students cron to correctly pull in UG data for current session (instead of 'next year' set in summer). Updated applicant extract to include registration no if available.

PG DB
show_report tweaks to internationalisation questions, updates to account for prog_version. Email reminders cron tweaked.

PDP barcode
fixed bug in adding by registration in cases when student not registered on SPIDER.

uLab
modifcations and updates to booking - free/busy time periods overlay configuation options. Updating options on bookable items. Making item-groups work with the booking system changes.

 

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This Week's Tweaks

Friday 12 October 2012 05:00 pm

The 'hack'
on Saturday, the image uploading tool on one of our 'template' sites was exploted by an authenticated website user (so phished login most likely). They used the image uploader to upload a mailer script. This was used to send out thousands of emais late on Saturday afternoon. SPIDER was isolated from the network shortly after this by ISD. Once we were aware of the issue (Monday morning) we put in a fix, and SPIDER was back on the network by 10:30.  Similar to the Wordpress "Timthumb" exploit.

Server updgrade
we took delivery of a couple of Dell PE 320R servers. First will replace current 'master' SPIDER server, second will replace the backup mirror server. The first server now has CENT OS 6.3 and the full (L)AMP stack on it, is running as a MySQL & rsync'd slave to the curent live system. Need to install a few more bits n bobs next week, setup the second new system and then can think about switching the live sites to the new servers.

myDegree
some issues with the new MRes courses and myDegree/ ePDP tools - updated these to use the prog_version as well as prog_code to allow differentiation between degree courses and ePDP settings.

quiz tool
IE 7 bug causing display problems with the 'in screen pop-up' view of quizzes. Put in a workaround to force quiz to run in 'full screen' mode when user is on IE7 (some people appear to still use IE7).

SIPBS website
revamped PG/ Graduate School web pages now live on SIPBS website.

PG Posters site
updated with 7 students posters.

SeaBiotech/ template site
fixes to standard install missing db_query library in registration functions.

uLab
booking updates -  users can set equipment to have certain booking time slots made un/available. Completely user configurable e.g. blocking out certain days/ times each week that can/ cannot be booked on a piece of kit.

 

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This Week's Tweaks

Friday 05 October 2012 04:55 pm

PDP barcode tool
updated barcode code/ registration lookup to account for letters in read code (value from central database is numeric only) after 1st day errors in capture. Day 2 lab was successfully "scanned". Fixed bug causing 'classic' navigation users to see duplicate class codes in lists.

core
updated inc_functions_status with 'is_class_tutor' function - checks if pg student is a class tutor or not (c.f. is_class_tutor_class which checks if the pg student is a tutor for a particular class.

activity allocation tool
bug fix - case of allocation skipping a choice due to incorrect reset of counter when allocating a student following a student whose choices were all 'taken'.

SIPBS website
fixed bug in ajax_namesearch when dealing with accented characters.

admin/ stats
updated browser detection code for newer firefox and chrome browsers.

lab tool
updated to allow storage of lab dimensions (preceding work on radiation system to allow for calculation of contamination levels which need a lab volume to calculate).

uLab
latest additions to v2 booking system within uLab - minor fixes and made 'live' on beta site.

quizzes
fixed bug which was resetting quiz attempts accross academic sessions due to miscalculation of session start dates. Display issue in pop-up mode in IE10 - can't replicate reported issue at present - requires further investigation.

analytics
set up new Google analytics tracking for PG posters

 

 

 

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