New release of Coral ...

Yahong Yao yyao at
Mon Sep 24 21:01:06 PDT 2001


I wanted to contribute to this trouble shooting.  When I tried but I reached the
remote carol successfully.  Before, it always showed me "Unable to access
equipment information".  It seems the problem solved.


John Shott wrote:

> SNF Lab Members:
> We are pleased to announce that we have installed a new version of Coral that,
> among other things, addresses some minor features that have been requested.
> Those features include:
> 1. The ability to enable a piece of equipment that is enabled by someone else.
> This will allow you to terminate someone else's use of a piece of equipment
> (and terminate their charges for a piece of equipment) and begin to charge it
> under your name.  This will pop up a window that warns you "Machine x is
> already enabled by y. Do you still want to enable?" ... in case, you didn't
> actually want to enable that equipment.  Also, when doing this, it doesn't
> physically disable the hardware interlock ... that stays on all of the time.
> This, we hope, will eliminate the problems of changing from one person to
> another.
> 2. A warning message if you are about to disable a piece of equipment that has
> been enabled by someone else.  In this case you will receive a warning:
> "Machine x is already enabled by y. Do you still want to disable?"  While you
> can still disable it ... this warns you and allows you to say no in case you
> were about to accidently disable a piece of equipment.
> 3. Default equipment history includes today.  Previously, equiment history
> showed equipment usage through midnight of last night.  Today's equipment
> history had to be shown using the "Forward" menu item.  We have changed this
> so the default window now includes equipment usage for today.  Remember,
> however, that equipment that is still enabled doesn't show up in history at
> all ... even if it has been enabled for a long time.  Equipment usage doesn't
> become history until the equipment has been disabled.
> There are a variety of "under the covers" changes that, we believe, will
> contribute to the overall performance and stability of the Coral system ...
> but we won't bore you with those details.
> One project, however, that is a work in progress and deserves an update is
> Remote Coral access for people that are behind firewalls.  Previously, people
> behind firewalls would get the message: "Unable to access equipment
> information" ... and then never got a functional Coral window.  We have made a
> number of changes to eliminate this problem ... but have not yet been able to
> fully test them because we don't have an independent firewall from behind
> which we can conduct our own testing.  Accordingly, we are looking for a
> couple of volunteers to help us to test and debug Remote Coral from behind a
> firewall.  If you think that you are in this group and would like to help,
> please let us know. What we would like you to do is:
> 1. Check your Java Web Start installation to make sure that you are logging
> errors to a file that you can find ... this is found under the "Advanced" tab
> of the "Preferences" window.
> 2. Download and run the latest version of Remote Coral.
> 3. Tell us what happens on your screen.
> 4. Send us the log file that is generated.
> Note: the version that is out there may not work ... we are trying to debug
> those changes to make it work.  We are looking for a couple of folks who are
> willing (and have the patience) to try this a two or three times as we try to
> get this capability fully functional.  If you want to help to debug the
> "behind a firewall" problem, please send e-mail to coral at ...
> Final note: people not behind a firewall should not be affected by these
> changes.
> Thanks,
> Your Coral Development Team

Yahong Yao, Ph. D.
Sr. MEMS Engineer
Intpax, Inc.
6 Results Way
Cupertino, CA 95014
Phone:  (408) 252-6410 x. 407
Mobile:(408) 718-8831
Fax:      (408) 252-6430

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