Volume 1, Issue 1
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Social Science Computing Laboratory
SSC Network Update
Undergraduate Computing Moves to Windows 95The migration to Windows 95 in the undergraduate computing labs is in full swing and on schedule for May 1, 1997. Moving away from the present DOS- and VAX-based technology will provide our Faculty with state-of-the-art networked computing services. Since undergraduate computing will be based entirely on the Windows 95 operating system, the move will affect students and professors alike.
Instructors will be faced with some re-learning especially if they have been using DOS, Windows 3.1 and VAX applications (via SSCLBATCH) for teaching purposes. To assist with the transition, SSCL is offering several courses beginning in May. These introductory courses are intended for faculty and staff who are new to Windows 95 and would like hands-on training. Please see the Course Calendar for more nformation.
This article discusses some common questions pertinent to Windows 95 on the SSC Network and its effect on users.
What Changes Will I See With Windows 95?
Applications for Windows 95 upgrades and accounts are available from the SSCL Main Office, SSC Room 1228.
What Advantages Does Using Windows 95 on the Network Provide?
Firstly, the operating system is loaded on your hard drive cutting down dramatically on Network traffic, increasing response time and performance. Secondly, you have full control over Windows 95 and can install your own software, printer drivers and accessories. You also have access to commercial software licensed for use over the Network. Windows 95 built-in peer-to-peer networking allows sharing of printers, CD-ROM and disk drives, and files with other Network users in a secure manner. For example, you could share your locally attached laser printer with other administrative users in your department. Lastly, because Windows 95 is the norm for IBM compatible desktops today, new computers have Windows 95 pre-installed and all software developers are deploying 32-bit software that is only compatible with Windows 95 and Windows NT.
What Windows 95 Software is Available on the Network?
Assistance and Information:
Data and Libraries: