The Computer Lab
Computers are for members, day pass users and students. Guests should not use the computers.
Your use of these computers means that you also agree to these policies at a minimum:
- Our policy on acceptable use of our public network
Special notes for instructors
If you are an instructor teaching a new class, please see below about installing software--you can't install things yourself, and you must plan far enough ahead that we have time to schedule the installation in advance. Don't wait until the last minute.
If the students in your class might be using their own computers, please see below on how (and how not) to tell your students about our wireless network passphrase.
Finally, if we've installed software for you in the past, and you're repeating your class but it's been a while since it was last taught, please check with us to make sure that the software is still there and still works. We may occasionally upgrade operating systems--which could cause things to break--or remove software that hasn't been used in a long time to save space. It's wise to check as far in advance as possible to make sure your software is still there, still works, and isn't slated for deletion.
Each CPU consists of a quad-core 64-bit AMD 4100FX, in a Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 motherboard, with 8GB DDR3 RAM, and an nVidia GT216GL (Quadro 400) graphics card. The motherboard will accomodate up to 32GB of RAM, if that turns out to be necessary. Each machine also has 160GB of disk, shared across various partitions and operating systems.
Each computer has USB ports on the front and back panels. Most are USB 2.0 (red connectors), but two on the back panel are USB 3.0 (blue connectors).
If you're using these computers for hardware development, please be careful. If you're rolling your own USB hardware and there's any chance of miswiring your USB connectors or having unusual voltages on them, use a USB hub between your device and the computers!
In general, do not assume anything you leave on the machine will survive.
If you need to store files, you have two choices:
- Use your own local storage, such as a flash drive or USB external disk.
- Use our public file share, which is available to all members over the network.
This section documents the software currently installed on the machines. If you'd like something installed, please email it[at]artisansasylum[dot]com
We have Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit installed. The packages below are what we've installed on all machines that aren't there by default out of the box.
If you're asking for an installation, please include the following information:
- How to find the software. (A URL going to the precise version you'd like is best, though for Ubuntu package installs, just naming the package is fine.)
- Whether the software will be talking to any hardware, and if so, what.
- Your deadline. More warning is always better.
- Whether this is limited-time trial software, and, if so:
- Its timing constraints
- Your class size (in case we only want to install it on one or two seats)