A.S. computers gone bad
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The Bell Memorial Union on Chico State’s campus features a basement computer lab for students – computers with a lot of issues.
I had run down to the lab to do a quick and final glance of an assignment before printing it out and running to class. That didn’t turn out quite the way I’d planned.
I woke the computer up and waited to get to a login screen. I entered my student user name and password.
“ERROR! Cannot complete request.”
Oh. The program used to log students in is still connecting. One minute. Two minutes. Three minutes.
Ha! I logged in.
It took another two to three minutes for my flash drive to be recognized by the system. Well, alright, it can take that long on a system it hadn’t been plugged into before.
Open the drive, open the folder and double click on the Word file.
One minute. Two minutes. Three minutes. Four minutes.
CNLT-ALT-DELETE! Well the system process is running… six minutes.
Read, read, fix punctuation error, read, fix word choice, read and done!
CNLT-P! Connecting to printer: one minute…
I now see why the campus supported ITSS labs (MLIB 116 and 450 and THMA 131) can be so popular. It doesn’t take 15 minutes to open, skim and print a document.
I know that lab is on the Associated Students’ radar but those poor things need a serious check-up – for the benefit of the students who’s fees are paying for them.
Joseph Rogers can be reached at [email protected] or @JosephLRogers1 on Twitter.
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