By Kitiana Adams, Staff Writer
With the new semester in full effect, new computers have been installed in the Computer Common lab.
Ninety-three “all-in one” PC computers are new and fast but have gone almost unnoticed since they were installed over the summer.
Located in the Library and Academic Resource Center, the Computer Commons is where students can complete assignments, print, check Facebook, watch viral videos on Youtube, and tweet their hearts away without having to worry about bringing along their own laptop.
Lab assistant Rob Levitt said what makes these computers different from the older computers is that the central processing unit, CPU, is attached to the monitor, creating more space for student.
The EliteOne 800 “all-in one” is certainly not the traditional desktop in terms of features with its combining force of the fourth generation Intel Core i7 processor and speedy solid state-drive performance. It gives the student the ability to juggle different programs at the same time.
Logging into the computers has become easier because of the installment of LabTrac. Before, students had to use part of their student email for their username and their birthdate as their password, but with LabTrac as a gatekeeper, students can now use their student ID to have access to the desktop. The amount of time it takes to log in is another improvement. The EliteOne 800’s speedy performance has helped shorten the time it takes for a student to log into their accounts, decreasing the time from three minutes to 30 seconds.
“Feedback has all been positive and more people have noticed that there’s more space on the desk. A bunch of people have noticed that,” Levitt said.
But the computers aren’t the only things new and improved in the lab- new software, LabTrac, is a program that allows students to access the desktop. Instructors are also able to request specific software, through their department chairs, to be installed for their classes. Last semester, the majority of students needed Adobe programs but this time around most of the programs are engineering related.
With the new computers installed, the question of where the funding came from has yet to fully be answered.
“The funding possibly came from the building bond from 2012,” said Deborah Kaye, the professional development director for the Library & Academic Resource Center.
Kaye, although not sure, felt that it was possible the funding had come from the remaining dollars of a bond that helped build the Library & Academic Resource Center in 2012. However, the funding for the computers remains unknown. According to Levitt, “one day they just came in and installed the computers, not saying where they came from.”
Jerry Leyva, a freshman at Valley, said the computers seem to be fast and issue free. The sociology major is always in the lab typing up assignments and finds that the Office software is very beneficial.
“I don’t have any issues with these computers and they seem fast,” Leyva said.