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$5 Free from BookRenter.com

Have you ever tried to sell your textbooks back to your university bookstore, only to find that three out of four of your books could not be sold and the one that you could sell was only worth $10?

If you’ve ever experienced this or something similar, save yourself the frustration of lugging those textbooks back and forth to the book store, and make use of BookRenter.com. BookRenter is dedicated to offering students discounts of up to 80% on the textbooks they really need. That way, you can save your hard-earned money for better things.

BookRenter has come to EasyBib with yet another great opportunity for all of our Bibs! Now when you use BookRenter to buy or rent your books, you can save an extra $5 on your purchase. Just go to the promotion page, enter your e-mail address, and save even more on already reduced textbook prices!

Blackboard and Sprint Team Up to Bring Mobile Learning to Students

                               

The word Blackboard is synonymous with technology and collaboration. Whether you’re a student or educator, chances are Blackboard has had a positive impact on your educational experience.

As technology expands and we are seeing rapid innovation in distance learning and mobility, Blackboard is no exception. Blackboard Mobile™ Learn takes teaching and learning mobile, giving students and educators access to their courses, content and organizations across a variety of device platforms – Android, Blackberry, Palm, and iOS.

Coming only six months after the initial launch, Blackboard Mobile Learn 2.0 has a newly redesigned interface for threaded, hierarchical discussions and the ability to mark courses as “favorites” to more easily sort and manage classes. Taking mobile learning one step further, Blackboard Mobile Learn is now extending beyond Blackboard Learn, utilizing mobile device capabilities to allow students and professors to create and upload content to their courses, including video and photos. 

If you’re interested in hearing more about Blackboard Mobile Learn, check out the official Sprint site, here.

Enter to win a $25,000 scholarship from BookRenter.com in 30 seconds!

Hey Bibs, how would you like to receive up to $25,000 towards your education? Our friends over at BookRenter.com are making this possible, and it’s SO SIMPLE! All you have to do is go to the BookRenter contest page and follow three simple steps:

1. Like BookRenter on Facebook.

2. Write one sentence telling BookRenter how your education will impact the world. 

3. Share this opportunity with your friends!

THAT’S IT!

Whether it’s offering scholarships or selling and renting textbooks, BookRenter is always in the business of saving money for college students. Every day, BookRenter offers up to 80% off the full price of textbooks for students like you. Thanks to BookRenter, you can spend less money on books and more money on food, clothes, and fun.

EasyBib Downtime [Resolved]

UPDATE STATUS [Resolved]

2:20 pm UPDATE: EasyBib’s main website is back online as of 2:20pm EDT. However, citations and lists still do not load.

2:36 pm UPDATE: We’re still bringing the citation data back online. You can format new citations, but currently cannot retrieve existing ones or stored lists. We will update this post as we progress further.

3:55 pm UPDATE: We are still working to restore saved citations (all citations are safe; we are just trying to get our servers that hold the data back online).

4:45 pm UPDATE: We are still working to restore saved citations.

1:22AM 4/22/11 UPDATE: citations are still not restored, but our hoster is working on bringing them up. We know that this has been an awful day for our users, and we recognize that many, many of you have projects, dissertations, and more stored on our systems that you have been unable to retrieve. We’re not proud of it, and we hope by tomorrow morning we’ll be back in action. We’ll update you as soon as we can on as we move things forward. This isn’t an abnegation of responsibility; we’re working 100% to get your data back online. Thank you for your patience. 

11:22AM 4/22/11 UPDATE: You can now create and save new citations and projects. Additionally, projects made BEFORE November 2010 are also available. Projects made after November 2010 up to now are still being brought online. ETA will be today. However, if you have an emergency bibliography to create, we recommend you create a new project to re-enter your citations. For premium users, the Notebook is still inaccessible.

4:35PM 4/22/11 RESOLUTION: We’re happy to report we’re back online with all citation, notebook, and project data. Thank you for your patience. We apologize to the many, many students we’ve let down in the middle of dissertations and midterms; a whole scale meltdown of Amazon Web Services has never really happened. Now that we know we should expect the worst, we will prepare for it in the future.

  • Note: for the curious, this is a partial list of all sites affected by this outage, in addition to EasyBib: http://ec2disabled.com/
  • Users interested in the technical reasons for failure can check out the posts on the AWS status page (click More in the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (N. Virginia) row): http://status.aws.amazon.com

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Hey everyone,

As you’re aware, EasyBib is currently down. Our hosting provider, Amazon Web Services, had issues starting at 3AM EDT this morning.

Here is their status. We are working to get our site back up and running despite the issues they are continuing to experience: 

Via http://status.aws.amazon.com/ :

  • 1:41 AM PDT We are currently investigating latency and error rates with EBS volumes and connectivity issues reaching EC2 instances in the US-EAST-1 region.
  • 2:18 AM PDT We can confirm connectivity errors impacting EC2 instances and increased latencies impacting EBS volumes in multiple availability zones in the US-EAST-1 region. Increased error rates are affecting EBS CreateVolume API calls. We continue to work towards resolution.
  • 2:49 AM PDT We are continuing to see connectivity errors impacting EC2 instances, increased latencies impacting EBS volumes in multiple availability zones in the US-EAST-1 region, and increased error rates affecting EBS CreateVolume API calls. We are also experiencing delayed launches for EBS backed EC2 instances in affected availability zones in the US-EAST-1 region. We continue to work towards resolution.
  • 3:20 AM PDT Delayed EC2 instance launches and EBS API error rates are recovering. We’re continuing to work towards full resolution.
  • 4:09 AM PDT EBS volume latency and API errors have recovered in one of the two impacted Availability Zones in US-EAST-1. We are continuing to work to resolve the issues in the second impacted Availability Zone. The errors, which started at 12:55AM PDT, began recovering at 2:55am PDT
  • 5:02 AM PDT Latency has recovered for a portion of the impacted EBS volumes. We are continuing to work to resolve the remaining issues with EBS volume latency and error rates in a single Availability Zone. 
  • 6:09 AM PDT EBS API errors and volume latencies in the affected availability zone remain. We are continuing to work towards resolution.
  • 6:59 AM PDT There has been a moderate increase in error rates for CreateVolume. This may impact the launch of new EBS-backed EC2 instances in multiple availability zones in the US-EAST-1 region. Launches of instance store AMIs are currently unaffected. We are continuing to work on resolving this issue.
  • 7:40 AM PDT In addition to the EBS volume latencies, EBS-backed instances in the US-EAST-1 region are failing at a high rate. This is due to a high error rate for creating new volumes in this region.8:54 AM PDT We’d like to provide additional color on what were working on right now (please note that we always know more and understand issues better after we fully recover and dive deep into the post mortem). A networking event early this morning triggered a large amount of re-mirroring of EBS volumes in US-EAST-1. This re-mirroring created a shortage of capacity in one of the US-EAST-1 Availability Zones, which impacted new EBS volume creation as well as the pace with which we could re-mirror and recover affected EBS volumes. Additionally, one of our internal control planes for EBS has become inundated such that it’s difficult to create new EBS volumes and EBS backed instances. We are working as quickly as possible to add capacity to that one Availability Zone to speed up the re-mirroring, and working to restore the control plane issue. We’re starting to see progress on these efforts, but are not there yet. We will continue to provide updates when we have them.
  • 10:26 AM PDT We have made significant progress in stabilizing the affected EBS control plane service. EC2 API calls that do not involve EBS resources in the affected Availability Zone are now seeing significantly reduced failures and latency and are continuing to recover. We have also brought additional capacity online in the affected Availability Zone and stuck EBS volumes (those that were being remirrored) are beginning to recover. We cannot yet estimate when these volumes will be completely recovered, but we will provide an estimate as soon as we have sufficient data to estimate the recovery. We have all available resources working to restore full service functionality as soon as possible. We will continue to provide updates when we have them.
  • 11:09 AM PDT A number of people have asked us for an ETA on when we’ll be fully recovered. We deeply understand why this is important and promise to share this information as soon as we have an estimate that we believe is close to accurate. Our high-level ballpark right now is that the ETA is a few hours. We can assure you that all-hands are on deck to recover as quickly as possible. We will update the community as we have more information.
  • Later status updates can be found at http://status.aws.amazon.com


EasyBib’s hiring and paying YOU for a successful referral!

Springtime is here and that means it’s time for hiring at EasyBib. Specifically, we’re looking for a coder to join our engineering team. This person will get a golden ticket to enter the chocolate factory that is EasyBib and take an elevator ride to unlimited happiness – Or something along those lines =)

To find this individual we are offering a reward for whichever person or group of people refers them. Split $3000 if you’re part of the referral chain that finds a winning candidate. You don’t even have to refer the exact person we hire, if you refer someone who helps us find them you still get part of the reward. Click this link for more details: http://rfr.io/7g9A1WDG

Are You Smarter Than Your Friends?

For the past few weeks, we’ve had a new procrastination favorite: The Master Theorem, a website that posts weekly puzzles, which they call “Theorems.” 

Click here to see the current puzzle

This “members-only society of solvers” has a back story: Its founder, a cryptic figure referred to only as M, and its website simultaneously encourage people to follow its rules and push boundaries. In the words of the infamous M: “Don’t be afraid to poke around on the website, try outlandish things, break rules, and even— sometimes — be a smartass. Just don’t do that too often.” These puzzles are less like crosswords and more like code-breaking Da Vinci code style things that you have to figure out for yourself. 

There’s glory to be had in the form of the master score list, which is like an old-school high score list. You earn points for solving each weekly puzzle, plus bonus points for solving it fast. A new puzzle came out last night at midnight, so you have a whole week to find as many Seals (like badges for mini-puzzles, some of which are easier and some of which are harder than the weekly Theorems) as you can. The next Theorem comes out Wednesday night at midnight.

Leave a note in the comments to tell us what you think about the puzzle and the whole concept. And, if you’re ballsy, leave your username to see how you rank against other Easybib users. 

Go to the current puzzle

Like Solving Puzzles? Secret Societies? You’re going to love this!

At EasyBib, we understand that procrastination is just a natural part of the writing/citing process. While getting your procrastination on, checkout a very cool website we’ve discovered called The Master Theorem.

The Master Theorem is a “members-only society of puzzle-solvers,” but all you have to do to join is solve the first puzzle. Which happens to be about great works of literature. Bibliography, anyone?

The society was formed by a cryptic mysterious figure referred to only as M – How cool is that? Here’s what he writes about himself: “I founded The Master Theorem years ago at Columbia University as a secret society of puzzle-solvers. We had a Dead Poets Society sort of thing going on for a while, but I don’t make a great Robin Williams. For starters, I’m decidedly more badass.” He posts weekly puzzles (more like code-breaking and James Bond kind of stuff than Sudoku or a regular crossword) which you can solve to earn points. You can also wander around the site to find “Seals,” which are like mini-puzzles (but look more or less like website badges).

The website just launched, but so far almost 90 people have solved the first puzzle. Will you be one of them? Solve it here.

EasyBib Poster Contest: Do you have what it takes?

Hey EasyBib users! Everyone on the EasyBib team hopes that your semesters are going well and that you’re staying nice and warm this winter!

Are you interested in art or graphic design? Can you come up with killer slogans and taglines? If you are, then EasyBib wants you! We are looking for students to help us create posters that will be displayed in schools around the country promoting EasyBib.

What do you have to do?

          Create a poster within the dimensions of 8.5”x11”

          Use the EasyBib logo

          Incorporate a slogan of your own, a quote, graphic, or EasyBib’s tagline

          Send your submission to posters@imagineeasy.com

If your design is chosen, it will be featured on EasyBib’s Facebook, the EasyLife blog, and the final posters made for schools! We’ll also give you a complimentary MyBib Pro subscription, along with an EasyBib T-shirt!

Please send in your submissions by Friday, February 11.

Send us your best! Good luck!

EasyBib STILL needs your help!

Thanks so much for the users that took the time out to review our service. If you have a G-Mail account the review really only takes a second, and it’s super helpful for EasyBib.

EasyBib has been added to the Google Apps Marketplace, and we’d like to ask our faithful users to lend us a hand. If you would be so kind as to quickly share your experience using EasyBib, we’d be extremely grateful. 

All you need to do is go to the EasyBib Google Apps Marketplace page, and write a quick review. If you have a G-Mail account, you can sign in and leave feedback right away. 

We’re extremely thankful for our users and would love to hear from you. Thanks so much for supporting EasyBib!

-The EasyBib Team

EasyBib needs your help!

No, no, we’re not asking for any donations =) EasyBib has been added to the Google Apps Marketplace, and we’d like to ask our faithful users to lend us a hand. If you would be so kind as to quickly share your experience using EasyBib, we’d be extremely grateful. 

All you need to do is go to the EasyBib Google Apps Marketplace page, and write a quick review. If you have a G-Mail account, you can sign in and leave feedback right away. 

If you have a moment to spare we’d really appreciate the support! We’re extremely thankful for our users and would love to hear from you. Thanks so much for supporting EasyBib!

-The EasyBib Team

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