Air Conditioner Failure - Servers Down Oct. 3, 2011 6:40AM - 11:20AM MST (-0600 GMT)

Air conditioners in Idaho Fish and Game's Server Room failed late Sunday resulting in shutdown of the Fish and Game servers and network at 6:40AM on Monday October 3.

The network and all servers are now back online.  If you experience any issues with our applications please let us know.

We apologize for the outage and any inconvenience this may have caused. 

Funding is short. If you've come to rely on our services and would like to contribute towards a redundant system/cloud hosting to avoid outages like this in the future we're all ears.

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RSS feeds and Microsoft Outlook, an introduction to RSS feeds

rss breakthrough

You're reading this blog entry if you are new to RSS feeds, but familiar with Microsoft Outlook.

RSS is a very powerful format to let our computer (this web server) talk to your computer quickly and easily. What RSS saves you from doing is returning to your favorite websites, like the IFWIS blog for instance, and checking for new content. The partnership of RSS and a client like Microsoft Outlook, among many others, makes browsing the web be a lot more like receiving an email. You'll save countless hours of web surfing and be able to stay up-to-date with the latest content for just the information you care about. "We feed so you can follow."

Here's an article that explains the process I'll describe below, but tailored specifically for IFWIS blogs and RSS feeds. I've taken the liberty to customize the steps to follow the main IFWIS RSS feed here.



To set up an RSS feed through Outlook, follow these steps:

1) Select "Tools" --> "Account Settings"

The Account Settings dialog box appears.

2) Click the RSS Feeds tab

The RSS sign-up page shows the list of feeds to which you're subscribed.

rss panel

3) Click "New"

A new dialog starts.

add rss

4) Enter the URL of the RSS feed you want.

The main RSS feed for the portal is: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/portal/rss.xml

Finding the RSS feed is better explained at the article at dummies.com


The URL is typically pretty long. If you enter the address inaccurately, it doesn't work. Your best bet is to follow these steps:

1. Go to the site that hosts the feed you want.

2. Right-click the XML, RSS, or Feed button.

Different sites use different names for the same thing, but it's often an orange button.

3. Choose Copy Shortcut.

After you copy the shortcut, you can follow the preceding steps and paste the address into the New RSS Feed dialog box.


Read more: http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/setting-up-and-reading-rss-feeds-via-outlook-2007.html#ixzz1JytvMsku

The RSS Feed Options dialog box shows a variety of changes you can make to your subscription:

Rss details

• Feed Name: You can change the name Outlook displays. 

• Delivery Location: Some feeds generate huge amounts of information every day, so you may want to send that information to a special folder or even to a totally separate data file. If you're on a big corporate network that limits the amount of email messages you're allowed to store, you may want to send your RSS subscriptions to a separate Outlook data file to avoid running out of space.

• Downloads: Outlook automatically downloads only a brief summary of each item, which saves disk space but requires you to manually download full text of each item one by one. If you want Outlook to simply download the whole message, click the box labeled Download the Full Article as an .html Attachment to Each Item. Many blog entries also include attachments such as photos and sounds. Click the box labeled Automatically Download Enclosures for This Feed to do just that.

• Update Limit: Some RSS feed publishers don't let you update your information too frequently. If you try to update too often, they cancel your subscription. If there's a limit assigned to the feed you've chosen, this box is automatically checked.

6. Click OK.

7. Click Close.

Your new RSS feed is ready to bring you the latest on whatever it covers.



Securing IFWIS Content: A migration to HTTPS (SSL) traffic

In an effort to protect your content and data, we're in process of migrating all web server traffic to https encryption. This is the same type of security that banks and agencies with sensitive data use to protect data transfer from your computer or mobile device to our web server. 

Using https helps protect data from being snooped by third parties, such as in public wifi hotspots. As a user, you won't need to make any changes. We'll redirect all traffic to these updated applications.  

SSL lockThis will be a continued migration and we'll experience a few hiccups along the way as we upgrade our applications. Occasionally you may see a warning message about "mixed content" or the secure icon that browsers show may switch to a broken lock or similar icon. These issues will disappear as we migrate. 


The first secure deployment is the IFWIS Portal. Soon to follow are the internal deployments of Observations and Roadkill. 


HTTPS definition from Wikipedia:

Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is a combination of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol with the SSL/TLS protocol to provide encrypted communication and secure identification of a network web server. HTTPS connections are often used for payment transactions on the World Wide Web and for sensitive transactions in corporate information systems. [Read more at wikipedia.org]