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How to start the server and MediaBeacon

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There are three things that can be (re)started on the server: 1) the machine itself, 2) the web server, and 3) MediaBeacon.  These can all be done from the command line (Terminal).  In all the examples below, do not type the “$”, that symbol simply represents the prompt (which in Terminal is normally a dollar sign).

The Web Server

If the vap.sva.edu is down, try rebooting Apache (the web server)

$ ssh vap@vap.sva.edu
$ Password: svavap
$ sudo /opt/local/apache2/bin/apachectl restart
$ Password: svavap

Should look something like this: (depending on the situation, “restart” can be replaced by “start” and “stop”)

Don’t worry if it gives a few warning messages about folders that do not exist–that’s normal.

MediaBeacon

If the server has just been restarted, you’ll need to start MediaBeacon.  Again, from Terminal:

$ ssh vap@vap.sva.edu
$ Password: svavap
$ open -a /Applications/MediaBeacon.app

Should look something like this:

Barring all that, the server is hooked up to a monitor in the closet, just attach a mouse and keyboard and you can navigate it normally

Written by ecorriel

August 31st, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Posted in MediaBeacon,Server

Curating portfolios.sva.edu

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curation url: portfolios.sva.edu
admin url: behance.net
visualartspress@gmail.com/svavap

First go to portfolios.sva.edu and get a sense of the projects that have already been featured. Then login and select Gallery form the top menu. Browse the network by Most Recent until you start to see projects that look familiar. After viewing a project, if you wish to feature it, check the green box labeled Add to Feature Queue in the upper right corner.

When you’re done featuring projects, login to behance.net, click Admin on the upper right. On the ensuing screen click Projects in the left hand nav. Clicking Feature Queue will tell you how many featured portfolios are queued up (the number on the right). Clicking Manage will allow you to change the order in which projects will appear as well as the time interval between new ones. The projects in the feature queue will automatically be featured on the site in 4 hours.

From here, if you wish to find new projects, click Projects by Day from the Behance admin page. Select a date range to show the projects featured during those dates. Select a project, and if you wish to feature it, put a check next to SVA in the black box on the upper right, then click Save.

Some things to keep in mind:

  • You don’t have to worry about featuring a project that has already been featured.  Once a project has been featured the system will not let it be featured again.
  • Try not to choose too many project from the same person.  If one person does have a lot of good work, you can always rearrange the order of the feature queue so that that person’s projects are dispersed amongst other projects.
  • Try to choose projects with good “cover” images.
  • A full guide, from Behance, can be found here.

Written by ecorriel

August 3rd, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Posted in web