Archive for March, 2007

Linking in Style… CSS3 Selectors for the Win

Today, we made a couple subtle but visually helpful additions to hyperlink styles in our site-wide CSS. We used some advanced features of CSS3 to isolate off-site links, to add an extra background image and padding to the link, based on how MediaWiki handles off-site links. We also added a mail icon to mailto: e-mail […]

Where does our mail come from?

According to our mail server logs, not surprisingly, almost exactly half of the mail Gustavus mail users receive is from other people at Gustavus. What may surprise some is that Facebook accounts for about 34% of the mail we receive. Here’s a graph from yesterday, which is pretty typical for a weekday. By gathering and […]

Automatic Pull-quotes with Behaviour and CSS

Our new favorite toy around here is automatic pull-quotes using Javascript and CSS. We wanted an elegant and aesthetically pleasing way to add interest, gravitas, and improve the scannability of some of our pages, especially when an image is unavailable or inappropriate. After a little digging around, we discovered that Roger Johansson at 456 Berea […]

Shaun Inman’s Widon’t Ported to Javascript

I was working on some pull-quote magic today (more on that later) and needed to de-widow a string in Javascript a la Shaun Inman’s Widon’t. So I ported it to Javascript. Here’s the magic: String.prototype.widont = function() { return this.replace(/([^s])s+([^s]+)s*$/, '$1 $2'); } // end widont() To use this simply call the widont() method on a […]

Schaefer (North End) Network Re-Wiring

This afternoon (Thursday, March 15th) and tomorrow morning  there will be some short disruptions to the network connectivity in the north end of Schaefer. Thank you for your patience while we make this upgrade. If you have any questions, please contact the Technology Helpline at x6111.

New Library Group Study Rooms

On the first floor of the Library, room 102 and 106 are now home to Hector and Helen. Both rooms have a 32″ flat screen monitor, a Mac mini, two keyboards, and two mice that can be used for Group Projects. There is also a connection for a laptop so it can be connected to […]

Campus Electricity Usage

Have you ever wondered how much electricity the buildings on campus use every day? Well, so have people like Warren Wunderlich, Jeff Jeremiason, Chuck Niederriter, Mike Kasmarik and many more. Thanks to their efforts, we now know how much electricity most of the buildings on campus use every hour. Ethan and I take that data, […]

Internet Bandwidth Increase

As many of you are very aware, our current internet bandwidth is not quite adequate to meet all of our demands at certain times of the day. Especially late afternoon on weekdays and Sunday nights. Fortunately we were able to come to an agreement with our Internet Service Provider ( HickoryTech ) to increase our […]

GAC Squad – Today!

Need help registering your computer on the Gustavus (wired or wireless) network? Do you have virus-related computer problems? Today, March 8th, the Gustavus Technology Helpline will be running its GAC Squad from 2:30pm-9:00pm in the Olin Computer Lab. During this time, the Technology Helpline will be helping students register their computers on the wired and […]

Network Maintenance in Schaefer/Theater

Starting tomorrow (Thursday, March 8th) and during the next few days there will be some short disruptions to the network connectivity in the north end of Schaefer – The Theater area primarily. A conscious effort will be made so that each port will only be down for a short period of time (under 10 minutes). […]