Computer time

About the computer room:
A situation I’ve encountered twice is this:
When your hour is up and no one is waiting in the queue, you automatically get an extension. When that extension is over, very suddenly you get only 2 minutes to get your work printed and it can be not enough time. The time should be 5 minutes, perhaps. You can lose a lot of work.

I’ve checked into the software that manages public computer use and cannot find a way to change that setting. I can tell you, however, that as long as you send your work to the printer before your 2 minutes is up, the work is safe, even if you haven’t retrieved it from the printing software. Another alternative is to use a flash drive to save your work, so even if you’re not ready to print, at least you’ll have saved your progress and can print when you can have another turn at a computer. Or, you could email yourself the file to save it that way for future editing. Even one more idea might be to borrow a laptop to do your computing since those can be borrowed for 2 hours at a time and might be more predictable for you. I would suggest you consider any extension on a desktop as borrowed time, though, since we can never foresee when a queue will begin.

Thanks for taking the time to write!

Cordially,
Deb Fasulo
Assistant Library Director

dfasulo@minlib.net
1/18/2013

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