Mobile Computing Useful Phone Numbers and URLs: http://www.rpi.edu/laptops/ Rensselaer's web site: All undergraduates at Rensselaer are required to have a http://www.rpi.edu (visitors) laptop computer that meets Rensselaer’s specifications. http://rpinfo.rpi.edu (internal) Laptop computers are used both in VCC Help Desk: (518) 276-7777 and out of the classroom. Almost http://helpdesk.rpi.edu every class has a computer element DotCIO web site: and nearly all courses use electronic http://www.rpi.edu/dotcio/ information (the syllabus, reading Rensselaer Libraries Computing lists, class notes, assignments, etc.). http://library.rpi.edu Most faculty utilize the advanced Campus Computer Store: (518) 276-8152 functionality of RPILMS to provide http://computerstore.rpi.edu course materials online. Through the Mobile Computing Program, we offer our students a powerful laptop loaded with Acronyms ARC: Academic and Research Computing DotCIO: Division of the Chief Information Officer at software at an excellent price, along with on-campus support for both hardware and software. RCR: Rensselaer Computer Repair RCS: Rensselaer Computing System VCC: Voorhees Computing Center Rensselaer Using a laptop computer, you can work from virtually anywhere. Network connections and power outlets are available in many public areas all across campus including Folsom Library, the Voorhees Computing Center (VCC) and laptop classrooms. Every room in the residence halls also includes network access for each resident at no additional charge. Wireless access is available in a Voorhees Computing Center continually growing number of locations across the campus, including residence halls. Division of the Chief Information Officer A publication of http://www.rpi.edu/dotcio/ Academic and Research Computing Services provided by DotCIO include: maintenance of Voorhees Computing Center computer labs and classrooms; administration of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute campus network; maintenance/development of Rensselaer’s on-line campus-wide information system, RPInfo; consulting services; computer repair facilities. Spring 2008 Support for Campus Computing Using the Campus Network Remote Access Academic and Research Computing Each member of the Rensselaer community receives an Using a personal computer off-campus, you can connect (ARC) provides computing services account that allows access to the campus network, the to the campus network via a high-speed connection and assistance for faculty, students, Internet, and electronic mail. available through a cable modem service such as Road and staff. Runner. E-Mail The Help Desk Students, faculty, and staff regularly use http://helpdesk.rpi.edu e-mail to exchange messages with colleagues, Library Services The Help Desk in the main lobby of the VCC combines family, and friends on and off campus. http://library.rpi.edu/ consulting services and computer account support and is The Rensselaer Libraries provide information in many open every day but Webmail allows e-mail access anytime you formats, and capitalize on the Institute's "highly-wired" Saturday, including have access to a web browser. environment to make much of it accessible over the evening hours. Student campus network. RensSearch is the web gateway for the consultants answer your The RESPITE anti-spam service helps control spam. Rensselaer Libraries. The Libraries provide a broad computing questions, range of on-line resources, including a fully-automated which you may submit in Printing library catalog, research databases, electronic journals, person, by telephone (ext. and reference tools. You can configure your own “My http://helpdesk.rpi.edu/printing 7777), or via e-mail to RensSearch” page with links to the services you use Connected to the network (using a laptop computer, email@example.com. ARC staff members provide more most. A pioneer in personal computer, or workstation), you may access the in-depth consulting help. electronic class public printers located in every computer classroom and in public computing labs, public areas, and residence reserves, the The Campus Computer Store halls. In addition to black and white self-service laser Libraries offer this service providing network access to http://computerstore.rpi.edu printers, color and duplex printing options are also scanned materials for nearly all campus classroom The Campus Computer Store on the main floor of the available. instruction and interactive learning. The staff at the VCC (ext. 8152) sells hardware and software at low Reference Desk in the main lobby of Folsom Library educational prices. There is a showroom with a variety Several color plotters for producing posters and large will be glad to help you use their services. of products on display and a helpful staff to assist you. diagrams are also available. Administrative Information Rensselaer Computer Repair Rensselaer on the Web http://admissions.rpi.edu/ http://helpdesk.rpi.edu/rcr http://rpinfo.rpi.edu On the Admissions web pages, you will find answers RCR is located on the lower level of the VCC. Trained, Rensselaer's homepage (for visitors) is located at to many of your questions about applying to Rensselaer, factory-certified technicians provide warranty service www.rpi.edu/. Select "RPInfo" to access the campus- including how to apply on-line. Check out the on-line for Rensselaer laptop computers. RCR also provides wide information system (designed for the Rensselaer Rensselaer catalog at warranty service facilities for Dell and Apple desktop community) to view http://www.rpi.edu/academics/catalog/. computers and many types of printers. http://sis.rpi.edu/ information from academic departments RPInfo campus directories Using the Student Developing Computer Skills computing services information Information System, There are many ways for students to acquire computer campus services and activities enrolled students skills, beginning with computing sessions during the the Libraries' on-line catalog and research register on-line for first week of classes. On the Help Desk web site at databases courses, as well as complete the add/drop process. It is http://helpdesk.rpi.edu, you can find instructions, campus notices and events also possible to view grades and display and update documentation, and other helpful hints. There will also regional information personal information from the Office of Student Records be in-class instruction on software packages specific to and Financial Services. your field of study. Students are given space for personal web pages.
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