Updates, Discussion, and Tid-Bits About Your Friendly Campus Portal
Friday, October 24, 2008
Finally, finally, finally.
It's been two long months in the making, but the myHome team is proud to announce the release of the next update to myHome at Ithaca: version 1.1.
Modifications and upgrades have been made across the board, and while it's only a dot release, some pretty major stuff has happened. We've added some new portlets--like the President's Blog and Digg--as well as tweaked some of your favorites with new functionality--like the dropdown directory results in IC search and some fancy new hover details in Oracle Calendar and Today. But even more important are the things that happened behind-the-scenes. We've completely reworked the way portlets and tabs are delivered to you in order to make way for the arrival of community content. If you take a look at the "Add Content" panel, you'll notice a new filter that allows you to sort through "Official" myHome content and "Community" content. Check that area often, because within the next couple of months it will begin to fill with some great tabs and portlets.
Play around and explore the great new features. If you're looking for a full list of what's new, check out the release notes in the "Help" section. And keep that feedback and those bug reports rolling in. We love hearing from you and are anxious to know what you're thinking.
Oh, and one more thing. You may have noticed that the "My Slideshow" portlet we touted in Intercom is nowhere to be found. After some quick reviews before launch we decided that it wasn't quite up to snuff. We're going to tinker with it a bit and make it available to you as soon as we can. Nothing but the best for Ithaca College.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Word on the myHome street is that we're getting ready to launch the next minor version of myHome soon. While I can't give too much away, I am allowed to give you a tiny hint of what's to come:
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I’m Matt Modrowski, the lead developer for myHome at Ithaca and recent IC grad. For the past year I have been meticulously tapping away at the keyboard (in six inches of snow, uphill, both ways), building the foundation for the great site you all know as myHome. It’s been a long process of meetings and mockups and testing and developing, but I’m so proud of the result.
A little more than a month has passed since we released the first public version and it makes me all warm and tingly inside to know that so many of you have adopted it as your web home. What’s exciting though is that this is just the first step – this is only a starter home. Sure it keeps you warm and dry, but wouldn’t it be nice to have just a little more space and maybe some updated appliances? From new and updated portlets to extended tab availability and interaction, we have some incredible stuff planned for myHome’s future. What’s even more exciting is that some of this is coming in just a few short weeks.
Keep your eyes on this blog for more updates.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
I’m Dave Weil, the director of Web, Systems and Department Services, and one of the people behind the myHome portal project.
The concept for a Web portal for students, faculty and staff had been batted around for a number of years, and it is great to see the vision finally come to be in the form of myHome at Ithaca.
And people seem to like what we’ve developed.
While we’re working on an official statistics Web site where you will be able to view current usage information for myHome, I wanted to share some initial statistics here.
- Since mid September over 2,668 students and 431 faculty & staff have used myHome.
- The daily use numbers are amazingly consistent, with about 1,200 students and 200 faculty & staff signing on each week day.
- 53% of the users sign on from ResNet, 16% from off campus, 14% from a computer lab, another 14% from an office or elsewhere on campus, and 3% via our wireless network.
- On average a person signs into myHome 2.5 times per day. The peak login time is the noon hour, although people have signed into myHome at all hours of the day and night. Literally. Makes me wonder if the people who sign in at 4:30am are ending their day by checking myHome or just starting it?
For a new optional service these first month adoption rates look good. There is no question that there is a significant number of people who have made myHome their web home. But, I’m interested in hearing from you about suggestions on how we can spread the word even more, and make improvements to get more of our campus population using this new resource.
Post comments using the comments link above, or send an email to the project team (email@example.com) or directly to me (firstname.lastname@example.org). We’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback. And thanks for using myHome!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Welcome to the myHome Blog!
This is the place to find news on the latest myHome updates, its portlets, and some sneak peaks at soon-to-be-released features that we're anxious to get your feedback on. Comments are turned on, so comment away!
Let's get the introductions out of the way. The core myHome team who you'll be hearing from:
- David Weil - Director of Web, Systems, and Departmental Services
- Benjamin Costello - Manager of Web and eMedia Development
- Matt Modrowski - Web and eMedia Developer
We'll be introducing some other guest developers and distinguished visitors from time to time as well.
We've been hard at work over the past year building this cool application for you, and since this is your home, we want to continue building on that foundation to make it the best we can. You've been sending in some great feedback, bug reports, and suggestions that are helping to mold myHome into an amazing tool for all of us to use, and we're eager to hear even more. We hope that this blog and The myHome Portlet will spark even more discussion about how myHome at Ithaca will evolve.
Keep checking back for more updates! And FYI: you can always view the feed of the latest posts from the blog on the bottom right of your 'Home' tab in The myHome Portlet, so you'll always be aware of what's going on.