Spring Break, Soon

We did the official cut over to the new Moodle cluster yesterday, and overall it went smoothly. It appears to be quite snappy in terms of speed, but I did have a report this morning from a teacher who noted that his course files didn’t copy across. More work there. It was recommended that we consider an alternative content management system that works in parallel with Moode called Alfresco, and we’re looking into it.

I had an interesting talk yesterday with a colleague. It was about “in-house” software development vs. “off-the-shelf.” It’s pretty easy to list the problems with some commercial software that is so rigid that it never changes and doesn’t share information easily with other databases, etc. What’s interesting, however, is that fully custom software can also have faults– such as taking creativity out of the hands of the users. In this day and age, just about everyone who uses data to inform decisions needs to have some Excel or Crystal Reports experience and creative control to fold and unfold data on their own, instead of always having it become a “push button” on an in-house interface.

We have a follow-up meeting with a potential consulting firm today. Interesting concepts to be discussed include off-site rack space and storage, redundant fiber connectivity, and server monitoring software that is both local and monitored by them.

I have a couple of days left, and then it’s time for a bit of spring break. Steph and the kids are already at the boat, and Doug caught four fish yesterday at the Brighton Marina breakwater. We plan to move the boat to Gosport either this weekend or next week, weather permitting.

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