BUCK COMPUTER LABS

Whether you come to scan a picture, surf the web, do a paper, or create a presentation, the Buck Computer Labs welcome you! 

General Info and Policies

During the academic year, the Buck Computer Labs are open:
Monday - Thursday: 8:00am - 11:30pm
Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 11:30pm

The Buck Computer Labs are on the second floor of the Buck Memorial Library. The main computer lab has general purpose and multimedia stations available for student use. Buck 202 contains 29 Windows XP computers. Buck 204 has 20 iMac computers. When not being used for classes, both Buck 202 and Buck 204 are available for general student use.

Printing

Specialty printing such as resumes and envelopes may be done at the lab desk. We offer color transparency printing on the inkjet printers only, but black and white transparencies may be done on either the inkjet or the laser printer.  You supply the transparency;  make sure to buy the correct one for your needs.

Backup Your Work!

You need to have your own media to save your work. We do not sell disks at the lab.  Saving to the local drive is not allowed (unless your media has failed), and we cannot guarantee the safety of your document for any duration on the lab computers, since they are public.

The term 'backup' can seem over-emphasized, especially if you have not felt the ramifications of lost documents.  But we have seen these frustrated individuals, so please take the proper precautions to ensure the integrity of your document . Lab personnel are not responsible for equipment failure during any process.  We cannot anticipate failure -- computers are masters of the element of surprise.

Some backup strategies:

  • Use your network storage. If you have never ftp'ed a file to your home directory on sun.iwu.edu, please see a lab assistant for help.
  • Frequently do a 'save as' instead of the traditional 'save', giving your document a different name about every other page.  This creates different stages of your project in case your disk fails (and they do), thus making the re-creation process less overwhelming.
  • Print and retain your document at different stages. These printouts can be scanned (OCR'ed) if your disk fails (and they do).
  • Consider using a flash drive rather than a floppy.

If you experience trouble with a file or are unable to save to your disk, please see a lab assistant for help.