Wednesday, August 29, 2007

New Computers in the Library

Last week, 226 student access computers in the library were replaced with new Dell GX-745 computers. These computers were funded through the Technology Access Fees every student pays. These new computers are equipped with 17″ LCD monitors and 2Gb of memory. Since the computer sits in a cradle behind the monitor, access to the headphone jack and to the 4 USB ports is greatly simplified. There are two USB ports on the front of the computer, and two more on the left side of the monitor. These computers feature standard Microsoft Office applications, along with both MS Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox web browsers.

Login is achieved using your Campus Pipeline userID and password.

One thing to be aware of is that there are no floppy drives on these computers. We have been recommending against using floppy disks for some time now because they simply are not reliable, and in today’s graphics intensive environment, floppy disks just don’t have the capacity to hold enough data to be worthwhile. USB-based memory sticks, or “thumb” drives are much more reliable and hold hundreds of times the data.

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