University printing user experience
You have a sign that you want to print in black and white. When you hit Print, you can choose to send it to one of the following printers:
* Xerox Black & White
* Xerox Colour
Which do you choose?
If you chose "Xerox Black & White", your job won't be on the print queue of any printer in the library, because they're all colour printers.
Instead, send it to the colour printer, and manually override it in person to print in greyscale.
@fribbledom FidoNet was such an eye-opener to me as a teenager. Opened up a whole world beyond our local BBSes.
I love that https://migrate.flixstervideo.com/ has the title element "Filxster Video" [sic].
Library homepage maintenance woes
My only testing option is to try out changes (including PHP) in production.
At least I can run php -l to check the syntax, but I have no idea what version of PHP they're running or what extensions are available.
I guess I could try dumping the results of phpversion() and get_loaded_extensions() into a hidden block but ugh...
@akorphan Better than a Hamming distance!
I replaced over 18,000 instances of the "Indians of North America" subject heading with "Indigenous peoples--North America" in our catalogue, based on:
Bone, Christine. (2016). Modifications to the Library of Congress Subject Headings for use by Manitoba archives. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2016 – Columbus, OH Retrieved from: http://library.ifla.org/1328/
Now working on over a thousand other records with variations such as ending in a period...
Curse you MARC punctuation!
Linked data dev friends: job opening at @uOttawa Humanities Lab working on the LINCS project. 24 month contract, $69K-88K salary. Apply now, closes Nov. 17th!
Help I ran a Pomodoro-based writing circle for grad students and the two hours was up 15 minutes ago and people are still writing in this room (yay) and I can't leave them because it's my job to oversee this room (boo) and it's awesome that they're getting shit done (yay) and I don't want to stop them but I also want to go home to my family and get some food
Like, really slow. Cyberduck CLI took about 17 hours to upload this batch of files; it looks like python-swiftclient is going to take 48?
There's a major caveat, though, in that Cyberduck CLI errored out at the end, and even though it was only 5 GB out of 693 GB, that's a *lot* of breakage for something that you want preserved.
I'll take slow and steady and trustworthy over that any day.
Trying this again. Set up a Raspberry Pi 3B+ at work so that it could use python-swiftclient to do the batch uploads over the weekend - monitoring it via SSH forwarding from the office to my personal server.
So far, so good, albeit slow...
Saying no at work
I said "No" today. The request was that I take on 90% of the responsibilities of my colleague, who decamped a few months ago for a more focused position at a much larger university.
I suggested the university just hire a replacement tenure-track position instead of trying to pile even more work on those of us that remain.
I'm pretty sure their end-game was to show that the position isn't really necessary and never replace it. I'm not going to play that game.
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