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Old 04-20-09, 11:23 AM   #1
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Sometime I hate my college

Registration for fall courses is to be done on a first come-first serve basis via an online applet called webadvisor. Each student is assigned to a "group," and each group has a designated time to register. Mine was 1:00PM today. WTF? I try and login to webadvisor and behold:

"WebAdvisor has encountered a system error and cannot complete your request. Please contact your system administrator."

How the **** am I supposed to register for courses if the online applet isn't even available?!
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Old 04-20-09, 11:29 AM   #2
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Looks like a standard Microsoft IIS error to me. The server probably choked on the number of people hitting it right off the bat.

Could be worse. Your course registrations could be handled through a 7-year-old FileMaker database and some sloppily-written web forms, also served by FileMaker.
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Old 04-20-09, 11:31 AM   #3
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Geez, I think we had to use a pencil, fill in some circles, write down some numbers, and hand it to an old lady back when I registered for classes. Or maybe it was some text-only GUI at a dumb terminal. I can't remember now.
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Old 04-20-09, 11:37 AM   #4
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Looks like a standard Microsoft IIS error to me. The server probably choked on the number of people hitting it right off the bat.

Could be worse. Your course registrations could be handled through a 7-year-old FileMaker database and some sloppily-written web forms, also served by FileMaker.
Of course, the whole thing is edited by graphic artists, and it has to be taken down when someone needs to edit a database, and friggin' Windows has to restart the FMP webserver every 5 minutes to make sure everything's up. The darn thing doesn't even run as a Windows service, so it requires all manner of babysitting to keep it from committing suicide.





Man, that was therapeutic. Thanks, Foo!
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Old 04-20-09, 11:38 AM   #5
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Geez, I think we had to use a pencil, fill in some circles, write down some numbers, and hand it to an old lady back when I registered for classes. Or maybe it was some text-only GUI at a dumb terminal. I can't remember now.
We had a phone system that required some waiting if you were too punctual in dialing up at your time.
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