Even old technology is technology

Posted by Ryan on October 23, 2014 in Technology, Transworld, Transworld Policy |

As a university of technology, one might expect that TransWorld would be on the ball with up-to-date systems, servers, and equipment, but that isn’t always the case.

Case in point: The Moodle server we recently were blessed with. Recently, because I mean about a month ago. Which is odd, because I’ve been asking for one since 2010 when I first started using Moodle on my own server, paying the monthly fees for hosting. That worked fine for Moodle 1.9, but Moodle 2.0 is much more memory intensive and really needs a dedicated server.

So, the IT department finally succumbed and told us we could one of their servers. I got the information to login today, and lo-and-behold, it’s a windows server because IT doesn’t know how to use Linux and is mostly too lazy to learn anything. I look at the Moodle requirements, and I can immediately see that the PHP and MySQL are too outdated. It will never work (later confirmed by uploading the files and attempting install. Not even close.)

Fortunately, IT is reasonable, right? They’ll update WAMPserver and we’ll be good to go.

Nope. The other webpages being hosted on the server, which provide practice testing for students, cannot use newer versions. That’s right. They managed to purchase or code software that simply can’t make use of newer versions, so the PHP and MySQL cannot be upgraded.

That Moodle server really lasted.

Oh, and in case you’re curious about these other webpages, they are really old. They look old, they feel old in the browser, and I’m curious who uses them. They are optimized for IE8, so they are at least 5 years old and haven’t been updated.

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One of the other websites

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Another website being hosted

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