Computer Systems and Software
The department maintains a computing infrastructure that is separate from the rest of the University. Department computing systems support all of our administrative, research and educational needs. The technical staff administers these systems and provides support services to the computer science community.
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- New Users
- How to get started using the systems.
Health and Safety
- RSI and Ergonomics
- Avoiding repetitive strain injury.
- New accounts. Account expiration. Default configuration. Security.
- Backups and Restores
- Backup schedule. Getting files restored. CD creation.
- Disk Space
- Limits. Getting space for projects. Special requests.
- Getting Software
- How to get software that is not already available.
Teaching and Research
- Education Resources
- What resources exist for courses and instructors?
- Research Resources
- Filling special needs. Parallel/cluster computing.
- Technical Reports
- Publishing technical reports.
Policies and Legal Issues
- Formal CS Dept policies.
- Who should sign this agreement? Commercial licensing of Brown software.
- Who owns my software? What copyright should/can I use?
Help and Support
- Problem Reporting
- Hardware, software or network failures. System requests or bug reports.
- Getting Help
- Finding answers to technical questions.
- After Hours Support
- How to get help after hours.
- Where is the documentation kept?
- Postgresql database services for internal use only.
- Using email. Mailing lists.
- Getting access to the anonymous FTP archive.
- Remote Desktop Cluster for linux users
- Windows Remote Desktop servers providing linux users to limited Windows apps i.e. MS Office, Acrobat Pro.
- Roaming Profiles
- How they work and tips/tricks to improve their performance.
- The Web
- Your home page. Setting up a new section of the web. Using CGI commands. Privacy and security.
- Remote Access
- Connecting to the department from campus and outside Brown.
- Local Access
- How to obtain a network connection in the CS Department. Connecting to the local wireless network.