Thesis season is just around the corner!  This means long hours pouring over the keyboard trying to make your document look and sound just right.  As you start to plan this important job, here are some things to keep in mind regarding computing:

  • Back up your thesis in two places.  These two places can be your hard drive and your Box account, your hard drive and your e-mail account, your hard drive and a flash drive, your hard drive and another computer.  It is also important to keep these backups up-to-date.
  • Reboot your computer regularly.  When you are in the midst of a big project, rebooting your computer can seem cumbersome and disruptive, but it can be the difference between a smooth Thesis experience and a big crash.  Even if you have a laptop and even if your laptop is a Mac, you should reboot at least every other day while working on your Thesis to keep your computer well-functioning.
  • Make sure you have enough print quota.  You may have to print multiple copies of your drafts for your readers, so check your print quota and add to it as necessary.  Information on Print Quotas can be found here: https://www.pomona.edu/administration/its/help/print-quota-and-printing-costs
  • Do not wait until the last minute to print.  Murphy may not have covered it when writing his infamous “law,” but printers always seem more likely to fail as the deadline looms close.  Familiarize yourself with alternate printing locations on campus.  Also, if you are printing a poster, not waiting until the last minute will ensure that the poster printer will be available; demand for poster printing near the end of semesters is often high.
  • Reserve resources in advance.  If you are planning on utilizing ITS’s Equipment Lending Program, you can request a laptop up to two weeks in advance.  You must always allow 24 hours advance notice for any equipment rentals, even if your previous requests have been filled more quickly than that.  Equipment is first come, first served so you should make sure you have a backup plan in case you are unable to secure equipment.
  • Do not “reserve” lab computers.  The Cowart IT Lab is available 24/7 and there may be temptation to pile your work around a public-use computer and claim it as your own.  Please do not do this.  We cannot guarantee that your belongings will be safe or that the computer may not be commandeered by another user.  And if you do make use of public lab computers for your Thesis, make sure that all your coffee cups have lids to avoid spills.

ITS understands that Thesis writing can be a stressful time.  Please do not hesitate to contact the ITS Service Desk at 909-621-8061 if you run into computer trouble or need some ideas on how to best utilize technology.