Perpetual Beta 改善

Since 2012 when we first launched MyExtras, we have considered our product to be in perpetual Beta.

Our mission critical feature was to read timetables and produce extra notices electronically. Our original extra notice templates still resemble a very similar layout to what they were seven years ago.

Since then we have added many new features, e-feedback, extras bulletin, statistical overview and more. So while we continue to strive to make improvements in both the usability and function of MyExtras, we remember that software development is a lot like ourselves. Paul Sloane from refers to it like this.

“In a sense we are all in perpetual beta. The most dangerous people are the ones who think they know it all and who stop learning. We are not yet the finished article and never will be. So we should open ourselves to learning, to input and to feedback.” 1

In Japanese, the word for continuous improvement is “Kaizen” 改善. 2 Whether software developers, educators or students, Kaizen is something worthwhile for us all to strive towards.



New backup Locations

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Over the past month we have been developing our backup locations which now store hourly snapshots of all extras generated. These backups are located in two geographically separate regions.

Specially coded links to these backups are sent out with the daily admin emails at 12.30am. There is also a link to one of these backups with the bulletin notification.

PDF backup link on bulletin notifications.

If you have previously bookmarked the old locations, be sure to update your bookmark with the current new locations. See section #15 of your admin panel (Backups) for more detail.