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Computing @ RU Academic Computing Quest 2004 What are we going to cover? Wireless Network Microsoft Campus Agreement Tablet PCs – What are they? Computer Recommendations Computer Support Storage Devices Antivirus Software P2P Networks Mobile Computing @ RU

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computing @ ru

Computing @ RU

Academic Computing Quest 2004

what are we going to cover
What are we going to cover?
  • Wireless Network
  • Microsoft Campus Agreement
  • Tablet PCs – What are they?
  • Computer Recommendations
  • Computer Support
  • Storage Devices
  • Antivirus Software
  • P2P Networks
mobile computing @ ru
Mobile Computing @ RU
  • Wireless Initiative underway
  • To be completed by August
  • What will be wireless?
    • Almost everything!
    • Academic Buildings (Classrooms)
    • Residence Halls
  • 802.11b/g up to 54Mbs
  • Students will need an 802.11b or 802.11g compliant network card
  • Most newer mobile computers have wirelesscard built-in
ms campus agreement
MS Campus Agreement
  • University has paid licensing cost for students to use several Microsoft packages.
  • Available software includes:
    • Microsoft Office 2003 Professional
    • Windows XP Upgrade
    • Microsoft OneNote
    • Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac
  • Media purchased from bookstore for $12 a title
  • Must be removed if student leaves before graduating
  • Users must sign and agree to terms of electronic or printed license agreement
what is a tablet pc
What is a Tablet PC?
  • A fully functional notebook computer that runs Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
    • Runs all Windows XP Applications
  • In addition to standard notebook functionality, the tablet provides:
    • Digital Ink capabilities allowing for pen-based markup of documents and handwritten notes
    • Handwriting recognition
    • Voice Recognition
types of tablet computers
Types of Tablet Computers
  • Slate
    • More like a notepad
    • No keyboard
    • USB ports available for external keyboards
  • Convertible
    • Converts from a Slate style tablet to a notebook computer
why should a student purchase a tablet
Why should a student purchase a tablet?
  • Mobility
  • Digital Ink – electronic notes
  • Ability to use a computer in areas that are more difficult with a traditional laptop.
powerpoint notes with a tablet journal
PowerPoint notes with a Tablet (Journal)
  • Electronically save PowerPoint Presentations and take notes directly on the slides.
  • Quick access to course notes.
microsoft onenote
Microsoft OneNote
  • The real power behind the Tablet PC
  • Take notes just like you would with pen and paper
  • Organize notes by subject, class, date or any criteria you specify
  • Combine text, handwriting, and recorded audio all on one page
  • Powerful search feature – search all of your handwritten notes with the click of a button
  • Specify definitions of terms as you take notes to allow you to easily look up words without having to wade through your notes
ru recommendation
RU Recommendation

Gateway m275 – Price $1880

  • Convertible Style
  • 1.5GHz Pentium M Processor
  • 512MB Memory
  • 40GB Hard Drive (4200 RPM)
  • Integrated CD-RW DVD Combo Drive
  • 14.1” Screen
  • 10/100 Network Port
  • 802.11g wireless adapter
  • 1394 – Firewire
  • 2 – USB 2.0 Ports
  • V.92 56K modem
  • Extra Battery
  • Backpack carrying case
  • 3 Years of Support
other purchase notes
Other Purchase Notes
  • Addition of port replicator can turn tablet into desktop
  • No accidental damage protection available in Virginia
are other models available
Are other models available?
  • RU is has purchased over 300 Gateway tablet computers for faculty and staff and has made this our model of choice.
  • Dell does not make a tablet computer, but we have worked with them to provide an option for those who do not wish to purchase the tablet.
  • Dell D505 $1703
    • Same configuration as Gateway without tablet functionality
    • Addition of Complete Care
what if i use a macintosh
What if I use a Macintosh?
  • Majority of RU faculty and students use Windows computers.
  • Some departments on campus do you Macintosh computers. Students in these departments often have Windows computers or Macintosh computers
  • Contact department representative
    • Art, Biology, Media Studies, Music and Theatre
  • iBook
    • OS X.3, 1GHz G4, 512MB, 40GB
    • AirPort Extreme Wireless Card
computer support
Computer Support
  • RU support Windows XP as the primary operating system
  • Network connectivity support only provided for Windows XP operating system
  • Windows XP upgrade available under Microsoft Campus Agreement from the RU bookstore
  • Unfortunately we are unable to provide assistance for the Windows XP upgrade procedure
storage devices
Storage Devices
  • Network storage space – Safest place to save work
  • Network drive available from anywhere via RU Portal ‘My Files’ page.
  • USB thumb drives are convenient for quick reliable storage
  • Removable magnetic media such as Floppies and Zips are very risky and often result in significant loss of data.
p2p networks
P2P Networks
  • Consumes valuable academic resources (network bandwidth)
  • Often introduce malicious code including viruses and spyware
  • RIAA has submitted subpoenas for violators to several Universities
  • P2P applications are now disabled campus wide (Kazaa, BearShare, Limewire, Morpheus, …)
antivirus software
Antivirus Software
  • McAfee antivirus available free of charge for download for all students from the Portal and via checkout from the Library.
  • Automatically updates definition files
  • Students without McAfee antivirus installed on their computer may have their network access disabled in the event that a virus is running on their computer
more information
More Information
  • Call the Technology Assistance Center at (540) 831-7500
  • Email us at