The student portal, bane of my life, and the one thing I love to whinge about consistently, is clearly expressing its feelings of neglect on this otherwise romantically-saturated day by throwing yet another paddy, so once again instead of a student portal, we have error messages and lots of strange-looking numbers.
I've just re-packaged up the TomTom Go 510 I bought this afternoon from a well-known high street retailer. The first thing I noticed when I got it home was that the seal on the memory card's container - which you have to break to use the TomTom - was already broken. Someone had already been there, and like finding one's toilet seat still warm when you go to use it, there's a certain associated feeling which isn't entirely nice. Of course, things just went downhill from there...
... if you're going to have an in-depth conversation about the football, world cup, Sven's decision to play one striker up-front, the weather in Germany, what time it is in Germany, how the beer tastes in Germany and how your mate's wife is enjoying the shopping - and please bear in mind this isn't because I'm horrible, grumpy or generally a b'stard - could you possibly refrain from holding the conversation - at a volume which shows no regard for anyone trying to sleep - 2 feet away from my bloody bedroom window?!
What a surprise - the student portal is once again offline. It's been up and down in seemingly equal measure for the last year.
I'm sure it's hard work to maintain the system as it appears to rely on several different database systems being operational and talking to each other, but surely the University could invest the time - and money - so that the IT bods can build a more robust solution?