I make lots of little programs to make my life a little easier. There’s the 2 line code that reminds me that I’ve made a cup of tea, the 10 lines that strips out everything but numbers from things on my clipboard to the 100 lines that automatically finds the computer name that the user I’m on the phone to is using (which then automatically loads our remote desktop software). But ExamStart was a little different…
In the past week I’ve been learning the Panopto API. It’s code written specifically for interacting with a Panopto server.
I’ve been doing it for 1 week now and have been impressed with how quickly everything seems to be fitting together. The code is only really useful if you have a Panopto server, but if you want to check it out, have a look at the API pages.
We’re definitely getting places with the wedding arranging and Amy and I have updated the wedding website with some more details. Passwords for a private area should be with you (who are on the list) will be with you soon.
On the work side we’re getting ready for the battle of lecture recording systems. Interestingly they are all very different. We tested out a Windows Media / Silverlight solution for the LLAS e-learning conference last friday (videos are here) and are also looking at a H.264 / Flash solutions too.
It’s a typical that just as I start writing down how well I do with the gym something happens that stops me going.
At the moment it is the Graduation ceremonies at the university. I’m streaming them with Cam3Media and it means I have to start work at normal and work through to 6.
At the moment I’m trying to start the ceremony at 4:45 and then try and catch 20 minutes between 5 and 5:30. Better than nothing I suppose.
If you don’t have the password to read the story below then I’m sorry. The abridged version is that my job has changed slightly. It has changed for the better with a couple of technicalities.
The major change is that I’m back at Avenue campus with the Humanities staff.
A new rule that states that IT staff can’t have time off in October seems to have created a bigger problem… everyone has taken this week off.
Today I was called away for something critical… updating a web page. This thing isn’t remotely my job and having the permission to be able to do it was just a technicality. However all 3 web editors spanning two separate Humanities departments were all on holiday.
So I, not even having the software to do the job, had to go to a different building to sit in someone else’s seat to do half an hour of work that I shouldn’t have done. This is on a day that I went to the Humanities campus early because I had far more work than time in the day to do.
At least everyone seems happy to see me back, even if I don’t know what I’m doing once I am back.
After working in Humanities at Avenue Campus in one way or another since 2003, tomorrow is my last day.
Another ISS person is down at Avenue, I’m going up to the main campus and hopefully everyone will miss me 🙂
It’s hard to work out which place is the best to be. They both have a lot of good points.
Avenue is quiet, air conditioned, independent (as managers are at highfield) and there is a very personal touch with everything with most people knowing me by name (and vice versa).
Highfield however has lots of things in it (Gym, shops, bars). Advice is closer and I’d meet more people within the team. Hopefully it would also be the first stage of better career progression.
But we’ll see how it goes. Nice drink tomorrow with some of the Avenue people, looking forward to it.