Math Support Center Sign-In Sign-Out Form

An ancient (designed for Windows 98!) laptop is installed in the MSC as a dedicated station for students to sign in/out and leave comments. The system was implemented to simplify data collection for an intensive assessment of MSC use and is now available as a complete replacement for any paper forms. The department wiki has further details in the topic MSC.MscSignInSignOut.

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FYI:

  • The laptop is intended as a dedicated station for sign-in and sign-out.
  • Firefox is configured with the sign-in page as its home page.
  • The network connection is minimal -- only the sign-up server is accessible.

Troubleshooting:

  • If someone quits Firefox, just relaunch it from the desktop icon.
  • If the laptop seriously misbehaves
    1. Press the Power button to the upper left of the keyboard until it powers off
    2. Wait a few moments
    3. Press the power button to turn it back on.

Geek details:

  • Yes, it's really booting from a floppy.
  • Yes, its OS and configuration are all on the 64Meg USB Pen Drive.
  • Yes, its limited network access is configured elsewhere.
  • Yes, it's accessing a different machine.
  • Yes, it's running Linux. DSL Linux -- Google:DSL+Linux
  • Yes, it's good ol' Firefox running on a laptop with:
    • 300 Mhz Pentium MX processor
    • 64Meg RAM

The Logging system is web-based using an open-source CGI for maximum flexibility in choice of both client and server. Currently (Spring 2015) the client laptop is on a dedicated network connected through a NAT firewall to the Instructional Technology Office (ITO) network. A machine in the ITO hosts the cgi and collects the data.

Feel free to drop me a note if you're interested in more details.

Cheers,

-Dick

SignIn SignOut Summaries:

Most Recent Term:

Latest_Term_MSCWordClouds.png

Overall:

Since_2008_MSCWordClouds.png


-- DickFurnas - 27 Mar 2008

Topic attachments
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pdfpdf MSC_Sign.pdf manage 159.6 K 2008-03-27 - 17:38 DickFurnas Signs directing students to the laptop.
pdfpdf MSC_SignIn.pdf manage 418.4 K 2008-09-10 - 20:42 DickFurnas MSC Sign in HERE
pdfpdf MSC_SignOut.pdf manage 419.2 K 2008-09-10 - 20:42 DickFurnas MSC Sign Out Reminder
pngpng Latest_Term_MSCWordClouds.png manage 802.4 K 2015-07-19 - 23:00 DickFurnas Word Clouds for the most recent term.
pngpng Since_2008_MSCWordClouds.png manage 947.5 K 2015-07-19 - 22:53 DickFurnas Word Clouds for the MSC!
ziptgz Library_CGI-Executables.tgz manage 8.1 K 2008-05-07 - 15:52 DickFurnas cgiemail binaries for PPC Mac
ziptgz mscSites.tgz manage 594.7 K 2008-05-07 - 15:53 DickFurnas ~msc Sites Snapshot

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