SOBS outage 13-7-2018 10:46am

Jul 13, 2018

This appears to be a networking error at Servers Australia. They know about the problem and are working to resolve it. NOTE: Some schools are able to access SOBS, networking is a bit like this, it depends a lot on who your internet provider is. UPDATE: 11:23am looks as though it may be resolved.  We […]

RB: Anonymous booking

May 16, 2018

It’s not really anonymous – we know the people booking, they are staff, guests, students or parents, however sometime in the future we may extend this to include those unknown. What’s anonymous booking for? Resources that your school is willing to make available for the community, in an orderly fashion.  You might have a tennis […]

RB: Room change notifications

May 10, 2018

We’ve undertaken some improvements to the Room Change Notification facility. Firstly, what is Room Change Notifications:  When a room booking is created, updated or replaced the operator has the option of checking a box to create a Room Change Notification, this is a School Notice generated into the designated Room Change Notification group within the […]

SMS currently offline

3:26pm Brisbane time: Our SMS provider MessageMedia updated their SSL certificate at 1pm (Melbourne time) and we are now unable to send SMS messages. We are in touch with them and hoping to have this resolved as soon as possible. 4:12pm Brisbane time: it is now resolved.

KeepAlive for everybody

Mar 16, 2018

Yesterday I was asked whether there was a global change facility for the ‘KeepAlive’ setting.  A school wanted to set this on for all staff.  Do we implement a global change facility or do we simply turn it on for all staff? When we originally implemented this we considered who would need this, and who […]

SOBS email and Microsoft / Hotmail

Mar 15, 2018

Email is a conundrum. Pros: Being able to send messages, documents, images, video, and links to everything else.  Virtually instantaneous all around the world.  Able to message a group of friends. Cons: SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, and anti-SPAM nets. One of our servers has been blocked by Hotmail – so parents with hotmail email addresses won’t […]

2018 upgrade

Feb 20, 2018

With the 2018 upgrade we have a new login screen. We have tried to simplify the design, keeping the screen clean and tidy making it as easy as possible for staff to login.  So staff with the correct URL will be presented with this page, where they will enter their username and password, and then […]

PT – maintenance

We noticed an error in the server logs when parents were attempting to make or view their parent/teacher interview bookings. This appeared to impact only a few schools for a brief time on Tuesday morning (before 7:20am).  While checking the staff availability for these time slots the application (or perhaps the programmer) became confused whether […]

Subscribing to the SOBS blog

Feb 9, 2018

SOBS gets a new BLOG site. Firstly let’s explore why we wanted a BLOG site for SOBS. A place where we can write about the changes to the operation of applications or features within applications.  These will affect schools all over the world, so we want to let people know about the change, how it […]

Enrolment application

Jan 22, 2018

For the last couple of months I’ve been writing a new Enrolment system.  As the weeks have passed I have become more aware of the complexity of the process – no longer is it just about filling out a form and answering a few questions.  I’ve documented some of the complexity here to perhaps remind […]