Information about using Macintosh computers
This is a Mac Campus - there are fewer PCs around than in the rest of
the world. If you plan to buy a computer, consider this
beforehand. If you buy a PC, you will not get the same amount of
computing support (for example with dial-in problems), free
site-licensed software, and special discounts on hardware at the
The best place to buy a Macintosh is Microdisc at the Stanford
Bookstore - they usually sell them cheaper than anywhere else.
The best deals on accessories that aren't sold at the bookstore can
usually be found at Fry's Electronics (Portage Ave, Palo Alto).
The best places to use public Macs are:
AppleTalk connections can be provided at no charge to those who wish
to use a Powerbook 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.
Mac programs that you might need:
MacSamson, MacSLIP, and Fetch are free, and can be found on the
site-licensed server (or from Michelle). Netscape is available free
(for students) from the Netscape WWW page.
- Microsoft Word (text processing - the department recommends using
version 5.1 - there are problems with version 6.0 and it's not used
much on campus)
- MacSamson (dialling in, or connecting to turing on campus)
- MacSLIP (if you need a better dial-in connection, see the
dialling in page
- Fetch (to get files, if you have MacSLIP)
- Netscape (to surf the web, if you have MacSLIP)
- Syntax Workbench (to draw trees, ask Peter)
- Expressionist (to do AVMS)
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