COMPUTERS & SOFTWARE IN LIBRARY WEST
UF Academic Technology (AT) manages all of the public computers in Library West, giving students access to the very extensive list of software available at all of the AT computing labs:
UNIVERSITY COMPUTING POLICY
Please don't forget you must comply with all local, state, and federal laws in addition to UF policies. You can find UF's Acceptable Use policy: http://www.it.ufl.edu/policies/aupolicy.html
Q: Why should I save my work regularly?
A: Every computer in Library West has a program installed that wipes all of the data from the machine after users logoff. Unfortunately, if you are not saving your work to a flash drive, CD, email, or a cloud storage account and the computer happens to crash (requiring a restart- you will lose ALL of your work.
Q: Can you recover my work after the computer crashes and restarts?
A: NO, we have no way of recovering your work or data after a computer has been restarted. So please! SAVE. YOUR. WORK. REGULARLY!
Q: I accidentally logged off the computer before I printed my paper. I forgot to email a copy to myself - can you help me get it back?
A. No, after you logoff the computers in Library West, the software wipes all the data from the machines. We have no way of recovering your paper.
Q: What if I forgot my USB drive at home? How can I save my work?
A: If you don't have a USB Drive or a blank CD with you, we highly suggest regularly saving a copy of your work to a cloud program such as the UF M Drive, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc. That way, if the computer happens to crash and has to restart, you will only lose work you have done since your last save. You could also stop and regularly email yourself a copy of the latest version of what you are working on - it's not ideal but it's better than losing everything.
UF Apps is a free service available to al UF students and it has "M Drive" storage that allows you to save documents and files on the go: http://info.apps.ufl.edu/faqs/using-ufapps/what-is-the-m-drive/ and you can access those documents from any browser and most mobile devices.
Free Cloud Storage - You might also consider signing up for free online storage through a company like Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon, etc. Most of those companies will let you save a few GB of data for free and allow you to access your account/files through any browser.
Vending Machine - The UF Bookstore has an Office Supplies vending machine in Library West. It is located in the printing alcove of the second floor to the right of the Circulation Desk. There are usually USB drives for sale in that machine. It takes both Gator1 and credit cards.