New User Information
This page is provided for first time users of our system. It provides
information about system policies, user responsibilities, and orientation
The department computer system consists of roughly 100 Unix Workstations,
Xterminals, PCs, and Macs scattered through out GriffinFloyd and McCarty
C Halls, as well as the Communicore building at the Health Science Center,
and Children's Medical Services Building.
The department's systems are interconnected via CLASNet and HealthNet. CLASNet
is in turn connected to the Internet, which provides international access
to computer systems, electronic mail facilities, and databases around the
world. We are not alone.
The computers throughout the Department provide a level of connectivity
that allow users to seamlessly retrieve and manipulate personal files from
any seat within the department. With a few notable exceptions, the system
provides platform independent access to available programs, which means
you should be able to run everything from anywhere. This system is constantly
being updated and enhanced to provide the highest level of support available
(within budgetary constraints).
Here is a list of some of the most important system policies to remember
as you begin to use your account. It is expected that you will read
and familarize yourself with our Policy Guide
which contains a complete list of system usage policies.
- Don't use a guessable password.
A good password is a combination of letters and characters that do
not form a word that can be looked up in a dictionary or form a proper
name. Our password program will check for bad passwords.
- Never give out your password to anyone.
There are no exceptions. If someone asks you for access to your
account please notify the system staff.
- Do not share your account.
Your account is your account and is not to be shared by another. It
is not for use by your friends or your students. It is assumed that
all activity on your account was generated by you.
- Never turn off a workstation
Workstations that are turned off cannot run routine maintenance or perform administrative functions. If you find a workstation turned off, please notify the system staff.
- Use Email to ask questions of the systems staff.
Please do not use the phone to to ask computer-related questions.
There are just too many users who can interrupt the work of the systems
staff if they call.
The Golden Rule
Remember the "Golden Rule" your mom told you about (with pointed
finger) when you were about 3 years old? It still applies (in modified
form) with your use of the system. Our golden rule is:
Never let your use of the system adversly affect another user's use
of the system.
You are not alone and at one time or another you will "bump"
into the work of another user. There are some things you can do to be sure
that you follow the "golden rule". Use such tools
as top, ps, who, and nice to get a
feel for how your work is affecting the system and the other users on the
system. You should also read your email regularly and adhear to instructions
from the system staff.
New User Computer Orientation Guide
All first time users should read through the New
User Computer Orientation Guide to become better aquainted with
the Department's computing environment.
Last modified: Fri May 3 09:05:07 EDT 2002