Blog from December, 2006

Today between 1500 and 1600 local Bremen time servers and network components will be updated.

Server and network operations will be unreliable. Expect unavailable servers and sudden downtimes of services without prior explicit announcement.

If you have to work on files stored on the server during that time, then before the maintenance hour copy the respective files to your local hard disk, work on it locally, and after finishing your work and after the end of the maintenance interval, copy them back onto the server.

For more details on the maintenance hours see the Maintenance Hours page.

Vacation tip - have an automatic vacation message email reply

(thumbs up) You can have incoming emails automatically replied to with a vacation message while you are away during holidays or business trips.

See How to configure a vacation message for how to setup such an auto-response. There is also a screencast available to demonstrate the necessary clicks.

(thumbs up) You can use Jacobs University's VPN Access to access protected Jacobs University resources while being away during holidays.

But, you will need your VPN password to access the service. Your VPN password is your CampusNet password. Though you can reset your CampusNet password yourself, you can do so only from WITHIN the campus network.

Know your CampusNet username and password as working BEFORE you leave campus by successfully logging into the CampusNet Web Interface.

For more information see:

(plus) For command line access to Unix machines, you can use Jacobs University's Remote Login Shell Service.

The inside gateway is currently unavailable.
Therefore several servers and services ( e.g. campus.net services, xpression services, clamv, etc.) are unreachable.

IRC-IT is currently working on this problem.

The servers Alea and Datev are currently not available due to harddisk failures.

IRC-IT are currently replacing the damaged harddrives and the servers will approximately up and running again at 11:00 AM.

Today several new wireless lan access points have been installed in buildings Research 2 and Research 3. With this measure WLAN access in all offices of these buildings should be possible.

Coverage of the remaining research buildings is in preparation.

The conference, held November 8 and 9, 2006 in Bonn, discussed the introduction of the Bologna process in German universities, and in addition, had eLearning as a topic.

There is a broad review coverage at http://www.campus-innovation.de/, mostly in German. Though, interview snippets with international guests are in English.

Of particular interest are the many video captures of various speaches, esp. the keynotes

  • Riding the Wave: the role of i.t. innovation in higher education, Michael Keller, University Librarian, Stanford University, USA, Director of Academic Information Resources
  • Planning for and Managing the Complex IT Ecosystem for Research, Teaching, and Administration at the Modern University, Joel M. Smith, PH. D., Vice Provost for Computing Services and CIO, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • We cannot prepare students for tomorrow's jobs with yesterday's tools, Abdul Waheed Khan, Stellvertretender Generaldirektor für Kommunikation und Information bei der UNESCO

Incidentially, Michael Keller is also member of the IRC Advisory Board (smile)

On the page http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-3-540-29267-8/, publishing company Springer has a complete book on wikis for free download as PDF documents:

Wiki – Web Collaboration
Publisher Springer Berlin Heidelberg
DOI 10.1007/3-540-29267-5
Copyright 2006
ISBN 978-3-540-25995-4 (Print) 978-3-540-29267-8 (Online)
Subject Computer Science, Information Systems Applications (incl.Internet), Multimedia Information Systems, Document Preparation and Text Processing and Media Design

Unfortunately, the book is basically about how to setup and run the open source wiki products MediaWiki, the platform providing Wikipedia, and TWiki.

Though, Chapter 1 "The Wiki Concept" and Chapter 10 "Life in MediaWiki" have some interesting discussion, what a wiki is good for, and how to publish information in it best.

(thumbs up) IUB is using Confluence for it's

, providing as added value, among others, access protection, PDF search engine, and WYSIWYG editing. See about for more information.

A small bug in the new teamwork version prevents teamwork to send you the 'daily update' mail with content. This bug is already known to the vendor and will be fixed in the next minor release.

This bug affects you only if you are subscribed to daily updates. This can be done under 'Preferences - Edit Profile - Email'. But do not expect it to work currently (wink)

Today between 1500 and 1600 local Bremen time servers and network components will be updated.

Server and network operations will be unreliable. Expect unavailable servers and sudden downtimes of services without prior explicit announcement.

If you have to work on files stored on the server during that time, then before the maintenance hour copy the respective files to your local hard disk, work on it locally, and after finishing your work and after the end of the maintenance interval, copy them back onto the server.

For more details on the maintenance hours see the Maintenance Hours page.

After yesterday's upgrade of IUB's Confluence installation, a new feature is available to make editing content even easier and seamless. wiki pages, blog entries, and even Microsoft Office attachment files can now be edited as if they were stored on the client computer. This is possible by using the new Web Folder (WebDAV) functionality of

.

(thumbs up) See How to configure Web Folders (WebDAV) for Confluence for configuration and usage details.

(tick) There is an LDAP search web interface available. That interface can be used to retrieve information about Jacobs University members, for example if the CampusNet user name was forgotten (see How to know your CampusNet user name).

(thumbs up) Now, that simple directory web search appliation also returns the persons' Jacobs University membership status (i.e., Student, Assistant, ...) and the cost center the person is working for (where applicable).

(lightbulb) This information comes in particularly handy, if you would like cost center groups for access management to this teamwork system, as described in Groups to use for assigning permissions, as you can now see who is member of the cost center by searching for it. (warning) But please be aware, that the search is performed in various fields and might return unexpected results, e.g. where the telephone number or room number matches a cost center.

(lightbulb) To use the directory information in your email client as an Jacobs University email address book, see How to configure Email Client for JACOBS Lookup.

Access to Search

Though the access to the search interface is not protected within Jacobs University and appears very open, it can not be reached from outside Jacobs University 's network. If you would like to lookup in the directory from outside Jacobs University 's campus you can use VPN Access.

Today the message forwarding in CampusNet was activated. Messages can now be forwarded to an iu-bremen.de email address.

As an initial step this message forwarding was enabled for all users of CampusNet having such an address. All new incoming messages will be forwarded, not the old ones.

Information how to disable or enable this service can be found here: enable or disable message forwarding from CampusNet

teamwork supports blogging clients

You can now use blogging applications for posting news entries to teamwork.

Well, almost.

Currently, the implementation is limited. Only the "Blogger API" is implemented. w.bloggar v4.00 is working, though Performancing for Firefox isn't. Also, tags are not supported to be attached while blogging and have to be added by hand. Uploading of files is also not supported, nor are templates, nor is renaming posts.

See this external page on how to configure various blogging clients.

The target URL to use for configuration of the blogging tool is: https://teamwork.iu-bremen.de:8443/rpc/xmlrpc.

Or, depending on your tool's configuration items:

Protocol

https (aka http, secure)

Server

teamwork.iu-bremen.de

Port

8443

Endpoint

/rpc/xmlrpc

Due to some updates the server teamwork.iu-bremen.de will be unavailable on Monday, 15.12.2006. We will try to have the server back online before noon.

Update

The server teamwork.iu-bremen.de is back online. With the update to Confluence 2.2.10 some minor issues where fixed. Additionally we enabled https on teamwork. Simply logout from confluence and login again to use the encrypted connection.