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Written by Audrey Hirschl
Being nestled in the mountains as it is, you wouldn't really think of NAU as a tech-savvy destination. Contrary to popular belief, Louie the Lumberjack is a big technology guy. NAU is changing, and its computer situation reflects that immensely. There are many labs on campus, but bringing one of your own will definitely make things easier—the Cline Library computers are always very packed, and finishing a paper in the early hours of the morning can become a real pain if you have to trek to one of the 24-hour labs. The wireless network is available in most of the academic buildings and in the University Union. The Ethernet network in the residence halls is very fast, but be prepared to jump through a ton of hoops to be able to log on. The folks over at ResNet, the on-campus computing department, can be very unreliable when it comes to troubleshooting.
If you're a big fan of downloading music, though, get it all in while you can now. The University prevents any kind of file sharing through the use of P2P programs with a nearly impenetrable firewall. Be careful about breaking any of the rules, too, as ResNet is pretty strict about catching people. One cool thing about the residence hall network is that if you're a user of iTunes, the program allows you to see other iTunes users on the network and access their music files. All in all, the computer situation at NAU is pretty impressive.
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