OpenFiction [Blog]

A note on the forum

Posted in Uncategorized by scarsonmsm on December 31, 2006

I’ve set tOFP forum to Admin verification of new user accounts. I don’t really like to do this, but I haven’t the patience to keep kicking spammers off.

OpenFiction upgrade

Posted in Uncategorized by scarsonmsm on December 29, 2006

So I uploaded an update to tOFP site last night including some minor edits and navigation changes, a more expanded partners integration (including a new link on the sidebar here). I’ve also decided I like phpBB so much, I put up a forum space for tOFP. We’ll see if I or anyone else actually uses it, besides the ever-active spammers. There is a special place in hell…

Wilms tumor bulletin board

Posted in Uncategorized by scarsonmsm on December 9, 2006

I don’t plan to dwell on it in this space, but many close to our family know that my son was recently diagnosed with a Wilms tumor. He underwent surgery on November 8th and is currently undergoing chemotherapy. He’s done well with the treatments so far.

I note it here for a few reasons: first, it is the reason for the blogging silence in November; second, to note that my wife and I have been seeking a Wilms tumor support bulletin board and haven’t found any, so I’ve started one under the tOFP domain at; and third, I want to use my Google karma here to draw attention to it.

It does connect tangentially with my educational technology world in that I grabbed a copy of phpBB to set it up, and I’m really loving the tool. With the hosting and mySQL in place already for tOFP, it really took me less than an hour to get it up and running, including setting up the initial forums. The administration is completely straightforward and the interface is really nice.

A close call for MIT OCW

Posted in Uncategorized by scarsonmsm on December 9, 2006

OCW HQ had a close call on Friday, as a transformer exploded in the basement of building where our new offices are located. An NStar employee working on the transformer was killed in the explosion and around 800 people, including all OCW staff in HQ at the time, left in a chaotic evacuation through smoke-filled stairways. It took us some time to be sure we had all our staff out and accounted for, and one member of our team was hospitalized for smoke inhalation (she’s recovered was discharged the same day). Read more about it here.

tOFP by the numbers (special super-sized edition) [ Oct and Nov 06 ]

Posted in Uncategorized by scarsonmsm on December 1, 2006

Best ever for visits to tOFP in October (5265), some of which were generated by minimal exposure at OpenEd 2006. 33 downloads of the [ Print ] edition in October and 56 in November. This means several hundred copies of the [ Print ] edition have now been downloaded. Quite flattering. Interesting that visits were down in November but pages, kbs, and most other measures were up.

The numbers:

More details:
October 2006 (PDF)
November 2006 (PDF)