Odd behavior in Win8-I'm stuck fixing it, Help??

William Prothero prothero at earthednet.org
Sat Jul 18 19:41:24 CEST 2015


David:
Thank you for your interest. I have your xxxx at viral.academy <mailto:xxxx at viral.academy> email from your posting. If you’d like another, please contact me offlist at prothero at earthednet.org <mailto:prothero at earthednet.org>.

My biggest problem right now is figuring out why two foreign students using Windows 8 had problems. The Japanese student had pixellation problems that seemed to appear on the screen captured image. Another found a crash that I can’t duplicate, but he described what happened and it may be able to be fixed if I do more error testing in my code.

If you have any suggestions on how to get this tested without using/abusing students in classes, please let me know.

In the future, I hope you can give me some feedback on the kind of student management that would be useful. The version that is being used right now was a very preliminary one. I am going to set up so I get a log of each student’s computer and OS type when they log in, and a better bug reporting system. Also, I will implement some kind of system that will bundle and send a student’s homework to a specified teacher. This kind of login for a specific class will be a separate module that will let me reconfigure the software easily for different applications.


Regards,
Bill Prothero

> On Jul 17, 2015, at 11:52 PM, David Bovill <david at viral.academy> wrote:
> 
> William - thanks for the link. Please add me to the list. I'd be interested
> in using this material in teaching, and help with any code. It is a subject
> that I am very interested in. Great work!
> 
> On 17 July 2015 at 21:48, William Prothero <prothero at earthednet.org> wrote:
> 
>> PS:
>> The app I am developing is targeted at high school and college
>> introductory Earth Science classes and is focussed on getting a range of
>> data that supports the theory of Plate Tectonics into student hands. These
>> data support realistic scientific investigations and science writing. Some
>> of these tools will be incorporated into future versions. The app is unique
>> in that it allows easy access to a wide range of Earth data that otherwise
>> students have to get from various other web sites, which takes away time
>> they might spend on thinking about the meaning of the data. I have used a
>> version of this software written in Adobe Director, in large introductory
>> Earth Science courses at the University of California, Santa Barbara, to
>> anchor science writing and peer review activities. My web site contains
>> links to publications describing my activities.
>> 
>> This app will be free to all and I would love to have a few teachers who
>> are willing to work with me on it.
>> 
>> If you are willing to look at the app and potentially use it in your
>> classroom, I will inform you of new versions and future plans. Also, I will
>> welcome (whether you are a teacher or now) suggestions and ideas for
>> improvement.
>> 
>> Best regards,
>> Bill Prothero
>> 
>> William A. Prothero, Ph.D.
>> University of California, Santa Barbara Dept. of Earth Sciences (Emeritus)
>> Santa Barbara, CA. 93105
>> http://es.earthednet.org/
>> my new project link <http://earthednet.org/ptExplorer/Cover.html>
>> 
>> 
>>> On Jul 16, 2015, at 2:07 PM, William Prothero <prothero at earthednet.org>
>> wrote:
>>> 
>>> Folks:
>>> I have an application that is being used by a class of Earth Science
>> students and get failure reports from two who use Windows 8. One lives in
>> Australia and one lives in Japan. The app works fine on Macintosh. I’ve
>> also tested it on my own installation of both Windows 8.1 and 7, 32 bit and
>> 64 bit versions. I can’t get the reported pixellation of the map and screen.
>>> 
>>> I’m wondering if it is something related to foreign installations. The
>> symptom is extreme pixellation of images captured with the "export
>> snapshot” command. I live in the US.
>>> 
>>> So, I wonder if somebody with Windows 8 would be willing to download the
>> app and try it, and perhaps give me an idea of what might be going on. If
>> it’s a bug in “snapshot”, it would be important to be reported and fixed.
>> Otherwise, I’m pretty stuck on figuring out what is going on.
>>> 
>>> Here are links:
>>> Windows zip file of the app:  <
>> https://www.dropbox.com/s/lsn087vrhstxvg4/PT_Explorer-Windows.zip?dl=0>
>>> Pixellated Image sent by a student <
>> https://www.dropbox.com/s/m2frv9i0dg7mxtp/Explorer%20in%20Windows%208.1.pdf?dl=0
>>> 
>>> 
>>> Thanks for any help or feedback you can give me.
>>> 
>>> Regards,
>>> Bill
>>> 
>>> 
>>> William A. Prothero
>>> http://es.earthednet.org/
>>> 
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