Departmental computing

NEW: There is a Humanities Computer Center Consultant for the department!


The main printer in the department is called valkyr. It's in MJH next to the public Mac in the area around offices 126-130.

In order to print on Valkyr from Unix computers, you may need to explicitly specify valkyr as your printer. Type setenv PRINTER valkyr to do this, or better yet add that line to your .cshrc file so that the setting is more permanent. Alternatively, you can specify a printer name directly within your print command. To print double-sided, specify valkyr-d as your printer instead of valkyr (the "d" stands for "duplex"). Here is a note from John Fry about printing double-sided from the Macs in MJH.

Another printer, jb, is available for use in the Phonetics Lab. Other printers can be found all across campus at various computer clusters.

Printing is relatively expensive compared to computing, so you are asked to refrain from making excessive use of the printers. In particular you should never print more than one copy of the same document - photocopy it instead. Also try to avoid printing pitchtracks as they use a lot of toner.

Computing on CSLI machines

Many Linguistics faculty and students have accounts on turing, the main CSLI computer. If want to have access to the CSLI corpora you may want a turing account as well. Turing is a SUN Sparc 20 (IP address - take this along when travelling!). Before 1996, CSLI people used a much slower SUN Sparc 4 called csli, so you will occasionally hear people talk about that. Turing runs a newer version of the operating system, version 5.4 (csli's was version 4.1.3), which results in some differences. I made a list of the differences for people who were used to the old system.

Users of CSLI computers are expected to abide by the rules and regulations specified in the CSLI computer policy. Failure to do so could result in the temporary or even permanent loss of your account.


There are Macs and PCs in the public areas in the department. Be courteous with your use of these computers. Please do not monopolize a machine for extended lengths of time.

AppleTalk connections can be provided at no charge to those who wish to use a Powerbook or other personal Mac in their office. In addition to the network connection, the department will also provide the LocalTalk box at no charge. The department can also provide an ethernet connection at no charge, however the user must supply their own transceiver.

If you do research in phonetics, you can also get an account on the Unix workstations in the phonetics lab (in the basement of the psychology building). These have the XWaves software installed (there is also audio recording and digitizing equipment). See Edward Flemming or the phonetics lab RA (currently Mike McDaid) about getting an account.

Undergraduates are encouraged to give their leland account names to the staff (trudy@csli) for inclusion in the department e-mail distribution lists.

Grants for Faculty Computers

Project Evergreen is a program in the School of Humanities and Sciences which funds purchases of computers by H&S faculty. Faculty in the humanities and the social sciences are eligible every three years for funds to purchase personal computers and other computer equipment. The amount of $2500 will be available for one computer in each three year period. Faculty can confirm their eligibility for the program with Julie Yee in H&S Finance, 723-2277.

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