Every desk in Tyndale House Library is networked to access the Internet and local networked software (see a list here). The Technical Officer will assign you a personal IP number and help to connect your computer though if you know your IP number you may do this yourself using these instructions.
All networked PCs must be protected by automatically updated antivirus software. Students and Staff of the University can download a free copy of McAfee. You can also get good free antiVirus from AVG, or AVAST. Do not just rely on software - follow the Internet Safety Rules for browsing and emailing.
Printing can be done through public printers or the photocopier at 4p per page (or 4p per side for double-sided or booklets). See instruction here.
Photocopying requires a pre-payment card (buy one from the Front Office).
Scanning can be done by a flat scanner, a see-through scanner (you must use this for books which are delicate) and the photocopier. See details here.
The Tyndale Technical Officer knows the answers to many questions, and the Cambridge University Computing Service has the answers to the rest.
The University Computing service has a Help Desk which you can email (Help-Desk@ucs.cam.ac.uk) phone (334681), fax (334679) or visit, (second floor of the Cockcroft building on the New Museums Site - see the map of the New Museums Site and look at the street map to find your way there from Tyndale). They also have computer repair department which is cheaper than most shops, and Computer Courses on a variety of subjects which are free to university students and staff.
University students are given a Cambridge University email address which is necessary for recieving emails from the University. This can be read on the Hermes Webmail or it can be redirected by POP3 to any other email reader. If you have just arrived, get your email password here and get your Raven password which is your access to many other University resources.
There are many others, and some may be better, but the following have been found to be useful:
Cambridge Computer Supplies, 152 High Street, Chesterton, Tel.
- for PC systems and parts. Limited range but as cheap as ordering online.
121 Chesterton Road, Tel. 303232. [Map]
– for cables, paper, discs, basic equipment. Big.
48 St.Andrews Street, (opp. St. Andrew St Baptist Church), Tel. 369 758 [Map]
- cables, computer bits, hobby electronics - the UK equivalent of Radio Shack
If you want to order over the internet, the following have been
found to be useful and reliable:
Mainly Macs: MacWarehouse CanCom Mainly PCs: Dabs Misco
For local second-hand try Cambridge Resale (very cheap)
or Second Chance (Mac &
or through the post from MorganComputers or Computer Bargains.