Author Archives: Justin D. Henry

Smart Views and Grade Center Problems in Blackboard 8.0.307.0

Some time ago, we received a report of an instructor having problems accessing the grade center within their course. The confirmed behavior resulted in several similar errors (often depending on the browser used) when attempting to load the grade center. These errors all began with the string “An unexpected error occurred while loading the Grade [...]

Taken For Granted

Anna on Marriage: “None of what I’ve written above is new. It’s all been said before, including by me. But I think it’s worth repeating over and over until something changes.” Indeed. And rarely is it said so well. I think we found the link to the video she mentions by way of a tweet [...]

Why Blog

Once in a while Dave Winer hits one out of the park – this is one of those times: “ … the posts I’ve written here have served as a calling card, a way of keeping my name and ideas on people’s minds. … And that’s the role of a blog, it’s a way of [...]

Pollanation

Bates College has posted an edited transcript of a talk by Michael Pollan that a few of us schlepped up to Lewiston to see a few weeks ago. It was worth the trip. After many were turned out due to limited capacity, he offered to repeat the talk again the following morning. We were lucky [...]

Return of the lazy sheep: auto-tagging delicious posts with greasmonkey

I use delicious to bookmark sites of interest. I also use it to send links to friends, since it makes for a much less intrusive way to send links than email. When I save a link, I want to describe it as best as possible so that I can find it again when I return. [...]

Short and Stout

The Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol is a little over 10 and a half years old: “The Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol (HTCPCP for short) is a protocol for controlling, monitoring, and diagnosing coffee pots. … Although the RFC describing the protocol is an April Fools’ Day joke and not to be taken [...]

Fixing Numara Footprint’s addressbook search with a Greasemonkey Userscript

UVM uses Numara Footprints to track client support tickets. When creating tickets from client submitted email, the application automatically fills out the contact information for the client, using their email to search against LDAP. This search fails if the address from the incoming ticket is in the format uid@uvm.edu (as opposed to first.last@uvm.edu). This results [...]

Goodwill all around

Looks like Goodwill is on Twitter (not to mention Facebook and MySpace). At the moment, their Tweets seem to consist mostly of press releases and hiring opportunities. It would be nice to see them start highlighting interesting items on their auction site as well. Reuse is my favorite of the three R’s. The others, if [...]

NetNewsWire to FriendFeed

After building an applescript to post items from NetNewsWire to FriendFeed, I settled on using FriendFeed’s own bookmarklet from within NetNewsWire. Here’s the how and why. I’ve been using NetNewsWire’s Clippings feature as a sort of light-weight alternative to posting links to my del.icio.us account. It makes for a one-click bookmarking experience, without having to [...]

I think I can, I know I can

Friend (and client) Mark Floegel is one of my favorite writers. If you’re not subscribed to his commentaries (available in RSS format or via mailing list), you are missing out. When Mark wrote the other day of his troubles with blogging, I started composing a response in my head, with encouragement – likely somewhere along [...]