COMPUTING FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT
The Rome Center student computer lab is housed in the same room as the library, on the fourth floor of the Rome Center. The equipment has been provided through the Student Techfee (STF) and consists of the following:
7 PCs and 9 Macs that are connected to a high-speed network.
(The Macs are equipped with CD/DVD drives while the PCs have floppy, zip, and CD/DVD drives.)
2 printers (1 color laser jet, 1 black/grayscale laser jet both print A3 and A4)
4 scanners (2 large A3 flatbed scanners, 2 A4 size scanners, 1 slide scanner). There is a fee for printing.
Student photocopier also in the library
In addition to the equipment that remains in the library, the following portable devices are available for check-out by students for specific program work (for student check-out, faculty approval is required). The equipment has been fully funded by the Student Techfee and consists of the following:
1 Toshiba laptop
6 Apple PowerBook/MacBook Pro laptops
1 Canon MiniDV video camera
1 Canon digital SLR
3 portable video projectors
3 Portable DVD players
HOURS AND AVAILABILITY
The student computer lab is open the same hours as the library (generally Monday-Friday 8:45 AM to 5:00 PM and some evening and weekend hours, depending on availability of work-study students).
Since the Computer Lab is intended primarily for academic use, students should not count on unlimited access for personal email or web browsing. Information about nearby Internet cafes is available in the UWRC office.
All three floors of the Rome Center also have wireless routers, allowing faculty and students with laptops to connect to the internet when they are in range. Please note: there is not complete wireless coverage throughout the Rome Center. For PC laptop users without wireless network cards in their computers, the Rome Center has several available to check out (€50 deposit required). Wireless access is also available to faculty in the 3rd floor Faculty Room (equipped with photocopier, 2 PCs, 2 Macs, and 1 laser printer for faculty use only).
PLUGGING IN YOUR LAPTOP COMPUTER
Most laptop computers don't require transformers, since the computer power supply can detect and adjust to the current (typically noted as "Input: AC 100-240 V"). Please check yours carefully before coming to Rome.
Plug Adapters: These allow you to insert an American flat-prong plug into the Italian round-prong outlet. You should be able to find them in travel and luggage stores in the U.S. for approximately $3. They can also be purchased easily in Rome. If you have a modern laptop, you will probably only need this.
Power Transformers (or Power Adapters or Converters): These will change the electrical current from 110V (U.S.) to 220V (Italian). These may be found at Radio Shack for around $50.
Bring your system install discs, any software, and serial numbers you might need in case your computer crashes. The Rome Center cannot provide software, and English-language versions of popular programs and operating systems are not always easily found in stores. The Rome Center office can provide names and addresses of computer repair shops in Rome.
DIGITAL CAMERA USE
Bring all digital camera accessories you think you may need (e.g. charger, batteries, USB cable, card reader, user manual). The Rome Center computer lab does not have extra cables to loan. Additional memory cards can be purchased in Rome, but at a higher price than in the U.S. You can save money in Rome by bringing your own blank CD-Rs to burn backups. Blank CDs are easily purchased in Rome but are more expensive.