We’re finally getting a Moodle 2.x test upgrade. Rejoice!

So I googled ‘drop down div’.  There’s no obvious, reasonable CSS version of this and those I found look rubbish on IE – but then doesn’t everything? Looks like jQuery is the way to go.

I sneezed, was told; “Bless you”; and mentioned I have hayfever. Julie told me about phototherapy – which is new to me and so I had to google that: UV emiting LEDs you shove up your nose. They’ve been doing the rounds for 4 or 5  years and are the sort of thing that would have been on Richard and Judy if Richard and Judy were still on and had run out of things to say about colonic irrigation. Meta research suggests there is little objective evidence for this working but lots of favorable subjective reports for it’s efficacy. It seems to work for Julie’s brother.

Opening my new HTML 5 boilerplate template in notepad++, I googled ‘doctype’ because i can never remember the declaration by heart, pasted it in and cut and pasted the code from the jQuery tutorial. Save and open and…nothing. Check the code and there’s pics involved so back to the tutorial, download the source and it’s in .rar format. There’s no software the college has that supports .rar. Download portable 7-zip – portable because I don’t have permissions to install software locally – opened the software, opened the .rar and extracted the contents. The source is in PHP so wont work locally. I cropped what looked relevant, smeared it across my template and saved as HTML: Nothing.

\\server-path-name at a command prompt so I can stick the php on the moodle server. I forgot the college network treats this unit as if it’s external so that wont work and I can’t get FTP access…security again. I try editing a moodle topic summary and spend the next few minutes staring blankly at my screen. My hayfever started for the first time this year last night at around 6 or 7pm. What’s come into flower so recently to set me off? what specific plant pollen am I allergic to I wonder?

I am sick of staring at a screen. I get paid to stare at screens and then do it voluntarily at home later. *facepalm*

KatieP will be here in 5 mins to take over. I move the 7-zip to a shared network drive and create a link on my pstart. It’s not strictly kosher but I’ve asked to be able to access my portable apps from my desktop over the network. It was set up but the permissions were not set up correctly. This was like 2 months ago.

I’ve been told today by Adam at VLE Middleware that my Colleges Tech Services Unit have found the space for a Moodle 2.x test upgrade. I first raised this something like 4 months ago. It’s taken 4 months to find 120Gb server space. The method used to find it was, in order: Deny space existed, explore the reasons why upgrade was needed, change the subject then forget it ever existed, challenge existential validity of work around, ignore emails, stall, clarify, misconstrue, address original issue as if it was new, be surprised when I point out the amount of time elapsed to address this issue and then take it seriously…and do I detect a smidgen of chagrin?

Anyway….Don’t talk to me about work flow. Even my bottlenecks have fractally recursive bottlenecks at ever increasingly infinite granularities.

Can the infinite increase?