Inspire the world to learn poem #ANZTLC15

This is a poem I have written for the Blackboard Teaching and Learning Conference APAC 2015. It is a creative piece on how we at the conference use our knowledge and experiences to…

#InspireTheWorldToLearn

We gather each and every year,
With ideas we have to share.
These seeds of innovation,
Start to travel through the air.

These seeds, containing great new things,
New ways to challenge and inspire.
Providing tools and proven methods,
They start to spread like wild fire.

This year we’re more than 300 strong,
Working in all aspects of education.
There’s educators, support staff and industry too,
We gather with eager anticipation.

As we share our unique experiences,
The seeds of innovation start to grow and sprout.
We take the time to look to the year ahead,
At opportunities that are round about.

We have a passion for improving education,
In all different shapes and kinds.
Using these ideas to improve teaching and learning
To really blow our student’s minds!

These sprouts, these ideas, help us to engage and inspire,
To provide an experience that is different and new.
Letting us reach out to students new and old,
Helping to inspire them to DO!

So in the coming year we have these sprouts,
And the friendships we have made.
We keep in contact and continue to chat,
Building upon the foundations that we have laid.

In the end, these sprouts that we take back,
We watch them grow at every turn.
We nurture them, that’s we’re here,
To inspire the world to LEARN.

Blackboard #ANZTLC15 Opening Keynote

Blackboard #ANZTLC15 Impromptu Discussion

Blackboard #ANZTLC15 Kaltura Demo

LastPass workflow for Alfred v1.2 released

Today marks the release of v1.2 of the LastPass workflow for Alfred. The focus of this release has been to improve stability and reliability as well as to resolve some login issues people have been having. Please let me know if you have any issues (either via the official forum post, or by logging an issue on the official github repository) in case there are still some slightly different configurations out there the workflow is not yet dealing with.

Changes in this release include:

  1. Bug – Removed deprecated framework code
  2. Bug – Merged pull request #4 from jsquyres “we-love-macports-too” to support macports installs of the lastpass-CLI
  3. Bug – Further improved on jsquyres code to support some additional install locations.
  4. Bug – Fixed bash script reliability, after two login attempts the script was often failing.
  5. Improvement – Improved sync behaviour to better support extremely large vaults.
  6. Improvement – Added new ‘lpsync’ command to force a sync on demand.
  7. Improvement – Changed behaviour to store login email in your Apple Keychain (set with ‘lpsetemail yourname@example.com‘).
  8. Improvement – Added the ability to set the logout timeout and store in the keychain (set with ‘lpsettimeout NUMSEC’ where NUMSEC is an integer such as 28800, if you use 0 that will keep you logged in until your computer restarts).
  9. Improvement – Added hotkeys to the main functions.

Also, please see the below YouTube video which demonstrates the workflow behaviour and outlines some of the changes in this release.

Custom Terminal Applescripts for Alfred to Fix iTerm Behaviour

I have put together some custom terminal applescripts in the last week for those that use Alfred for the Mac and iTerm. For those of you that have been finding finding issues with some of the newer versions of iTerm (including iTerm 2, and 2.9) and getting them to work reliably with Alfred, all this has required is an update to the Applescripts that are being used by Alfred to keep up with the (seemingly rapid) changes to the functions iTerm exposes with Applescript. Some issues I have faced go so far as iTerm simply not opening (where there were multiple iTerm binaries on the system), and sometimes commands not being passed through to newer versions.

There are two versions of the script available:

Each of these can be inserted into Alfred by following these steps:

  1. Load the Alfred control panel
  2. Click the Features Button/Tab
  3. Click on the “Terminal/Shell” menu on the left hand side
  4. Select “Custom” under application, and replace the text in the new box that appears with the code as per the version of iTerm you are running.

iTerm 2.1 Branch Custom Terminal Script Features:

The 2.1 branch script is very basic and just corrects the opening of iTerm and creating a new session properly.

iTerm 2.9 Branch Custom Terminal Script Features:

The 2.9 Branch goes a bit further to utilise some of the new features of iTerm 2.9 (which is in beta at the moment and can be downloaded if you are feeling adventurous from the iTerm download page). The script has been designed to achieve the following:

  • Open the correct iTerm binary under /Applications/iTerm.app regardless of if another iterm/iTerm binary exists on the system
  • Always create a new tab/session, unless iTerm is not running, in which case use the default session.
  • If the user has selected to not create a default session on iTerm startup, detect and create a default session.

Future Updates:

As new versions come out of the 2.9 branch I will keep the scripts up to date and post details to the official AlfredApp community forum post, if anyone finds issues with the 2.1 branch please let me know either there, or in a comment below and I will test things out.

If you would like to look at/contribute to the official repository please check it out on Github –> https://github.com/s…ipts-for-alfred.

As always, I welcome ideas/thoughts/feedback etc.

Cheers,
Stuart