It's funny how things can sometimes have a habit of fixing themselves as fast as they were broken. My bike was fixed the Friday before last - some kind of dodgy wire or connection apparently - and now it's running fine again. My laptop battery turned up what you might call "a month early" - or maybe they were just playing games when they said it would be a month late. Either way, Dell are still lying bastards when it comes to batteries. And we found a new flat, so we're moving out of the city in a couple of weeks.
Meanwhile, work charges on. We've made heaps of improvements in Mahara just recently, in areas such as authentication, usability, help, internationalisation and views. 1.0 is shaping up quite nicely, in fact. Just recently I fixed/improved the authentication API so that an LDAP plugin written by Howard Miller of the University of Glasgow works just fine with Mahara. I've also been debugging the SSO from Moodle, and come across what might be the cause of the random failures of SSO to function. I have patches for this for both Moodle and Mahara, so hopefully when they're merged it should be the end of SSO problems. I took some time to improve the logging of SSO errors in Mahara too, so hopefully any future problems won't be so hard to find.
In the meantime, Richard and Clare have been rampaging through a swathe of usability improvements. There's now a new sideblock giving details about the logged in user, a language changing dropdown for logged out people and an improved 'My Views' page, among many other changes. A lot of the work for 1.0 is about making it easier for first time users to get a handle on what an e-portfolio is, and giving them lots of instruction on how to create their own views. You can have a play with all the fancy new stuff on dev.mahara.org, by the way.
Mahara has now also made it into Debian. 0.9.0 is currently in Testing, while 0.9.1 is in Unstable. I'm the maintainer, which means I get my own page on debian.org :).
Mahara also has its first publicised security vulnerability. Amazingly, it looks like Secunia actually did a little bit of their own research into the vulnerability, which makes a change from their standard behaviour. If you're running 0.9.1 there's no need to fear, and the likelyhood is that nobody has bothered to exploit the vulnerability anyway.
And finally, in soccernews, The Superback Strikers managed to pick up a trophy on Friday for winning last year's tournament. PeterB got us into the final with the very last kick of the game, then we won the final on penalties , before racing to Petone in order to play our normal scheduled match.
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