By now everyone knows that we have new computers in the lab, but did you know that they are all touchscreen? There are a few things about the lab that you may not know and hopefully I can shed some light on a few of them now.
Let’s start with the computers. Like I said before they are touchscreen so you can manipulate the screen with your fingers instead of the mouse. Most people prefer to stick with the mouse, but the option is there if you want to use it. You will find that these new computers do take a bit longer than your average computer to log in.
This is because we run a program called DeepFreeze every day, so that changes you make to the computer are not saved. When no information is saved it means the computer has to recreate your user profile every time you log in. We do this for your security and to make the likelihood of the computers catching a virus very slim. This also allows you to install any program you want on the computers while you are using it. You will not find any restrictions, as you are an administrator on the computer. When the computer is rebooted DeepFreeze will wipe all information that is stored on it so your personal documents are never left on the computer for other people to open.
Now, since you will lose all information when the computer is rebooted we highly recommend you do not save important documents to the computer. When you need to work on a document that was emailed to you, it is best to immediately save it to your Piratedrive or a flash drive. When you open a document from your email it automatically saves it to a temporary folder which is just that, temporary. We have seen people lose documents they have spent hours working on because it was not saved properly. Your Piratedrive is automatically connected when you log into any computer on ECU’s network and can be accessed outside of ECU through Onestop or the ECU VPN. ECU just upgraded everyone’s Piratedrive to a massive 40 gigabytes so don’t worry about putting too much information there.
So let’s say you don’t want to mess with your Piratedrive and you want to store your important documents on your flash drive. That will work as well, but what happens when you walk out of a lab and forget to grab your flash drive? We find about 3 to 4 flash drives a month that people have left behind in our lab. Normally we can look at the document author on documents to find out who left it so we can get it back to them. Sometimes when we check these drives there is nothing on there to let us know who owns it. We highly recommend that when you first buy a flash drive you put a document on it titled something similar to “If Found” and put your name and email address or phone number in the document. This will allow us to quickly return your flash drive especially if you keep important files on the drive.
Most people come to the lab to use the printers. In January alone there was over 164,600 pages printed or about 1800 pages a day on only three printers. In addition to printing from the lab computers, we also offer wireless printing from your personal laptop as well. This can be done on your Mac or Windows laptop. We have an instruction sheet for Mac users to install the printers wirelessly and are working on one for Windows users. Just see the student at the front desk of the lab if you wish to install these printers on your laptop. Note: you will need to be in the lab or on the reference floor to print wirelessly to the lab printers. Please also note that we cannot install the color printer wirelessly.