Getting Started: A Computing Checklist(Hypertext student newsletter)

This story written by Mara Abrams, a senior in Communication and Psychology, was originally published in the Summer 2004 edition of the Hypertext quarterly student newsletter. Go to http://scg/hypertext/2004summer.pdf to view a downloadable PDF of the entire newsletter.

Information and Educational Technology (IET), the campus computing organization, welcomes you to Summer Advising! We know you'll be receiving an overwhelming amount of info while you're here, so we hope to make your life a little easier by listing what to do to get up to speed with campus computing.


1. Make sure you have a UC Davis computing account and password
If you used the MyAdmissions Web site when applying, you should already have a computing account. However, if you used paper applications throughout the admissions process or forgot your UC Davis LoginID and password, you'll need to get your account set up at IT Express in room 182 of Shields Library. You can also sign up for an account online at If you'd like to do that while on campus, visit one of the computer labs. Call (530)754-5227 to find out which labs are open and where there are available computer stations.

2. Visit the UC Davis Bookstore Computer Shop
The Bookstore Computer shop is located on the central campus at the Memorial Union, and is open Monday-Friday 8:30am-6pm and Sat. 12pm-5pm (verify hours by calling (530)752-6846). There you can:

  • Shop for a computer Every incoming undergraduate student is expected to have a computer that meets certain minimum performance standards and connects effectively to the Internet. (Specs are at computerownership.u Laptop and desktop systems that meet or exceed these specs can be purchased at competitive prices at the Computer Shop. Students who are eligible for need-based fi nancial aid can apply for additional funding to pay for these systems through the Financial Aid Office.

  • Get discounted anti-virus software and off-campus Internet access The UC Davis Internet Tools CD, which sells for under $10, contains the essential Norton AntiVirus and other useful software. Students may also download Norton AntiVirus for free via the MyUCDavis portal ( Also on the CD is a confi guration tool for connecting to the campus's 56K student modem pool and the Internet, one option for those who will not be living in the dorms.
3. Locate the Computing Help Desk
If you are taking the Shields Library tour, make note of IT Express, located in room 182. This computing help desk provides assistance with computing accounts, Internet connections, software, and operating systems. Throughout the year, you can call their helpline at (530)754-HELP, email them at, and visit their Web site at Summer hours: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm.


1. Get online
If you will live on campus, you can connect directly to the Internet from your room using ResNet, the high-speed residence hall network. Information on what cables and equipment are needed can be found at Wireless access to the network is also available in many areas on campus, including Shields Library and the Memorial Union (see