Jesse Clark, Developer
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The new version of the University of Northern Colorado’s Map has launched! It includes many improvements over the previous version that I developed in 2008. We commissioned Map Formation to design an illustrated drawing of the campus that could be overlayed on top of Google Maps or OpenStreetMap. Using the Adobe Illustrator file they provided, I coded out the new map.
About two years ago I wrote a gadget that would check in files across all sites in OU Campus. We have been using it since then and it has worked great! Recently, however, we started using workflow and noticed that the gadget would check back in files that are under workflow, scheduled or set to expire. Obviously, this was a bug in the code. While reviewing the code recently to fix this bug it wasn’t going to be a quick easy fix. So, instead of hacking it together, I rewrote the gadget and have released it as Version 1!
At the 2018 OU Conference in Anaheim California, I mentioned that I am using GIT to push XSL changes to both a testing and development XSL locations. Some folks expressed interest in this setup and wanted to know more about it. This post will hopefully answer some questions and help you determine what setup will work best for you.
With Bitcoin passing $11,000 recently (October 2017) I had a few friends reach out and ask about Bitcoin. As many of you know, I completed a Masters in Digital Currency from the University of Nicosia in the spring of 2018. This post serves as an introductory primer to cryptocurrencies for non-technical folks. I will attempt to stay at a high level and will talk about cryptocurrencies as a whole rather than Bitcoin individually. There are many areas that I skim over (such as mining and proof-of-stake) which will be a separate blog post after this one.
A decentralized health insurance co-op could be setup with the mission of providing health coverage to its members. It would operate similar to a non-profit where the focus is on the members and not shareholders. The co-op would use a blockchain as its data structure and each user would run a node with software that would allow then to submit claims, payments and vote. A block would be created on average every 24 hours with a term period being every 30 blocks, or roughly a month.
At the 2017 OmniUpdate Training Conference Hackathon a group created an application that would connect Amazon’s Alexa with OU Campus. The tweet to the right is a demonstration of asking Alexa to check in files for OU Campus. The application will also return the number of files checked out.