PREFACE


Distribution

If you obtained this document on a disk, please be aware that it is free. You should not have paid anything to obtain this document.

You may freely distribute the files that make up this document. You may not alter them. Any desired additions, corrections or changes to the files that make up this document should be addressed to Dr. Bon Sy at the addresses listed at the end of each file section. We do not mind alteration, as long as we can control and verify for accuracy and change in the information. You may not sell the files. You may freely distribute the files as long as you distribute them as a complete set of files and unaltered.


Genesis of this Document

This document was created out of an online discussion between Dr. Bon K. Sy and one of his students, Louis Bianchi during the fall semester of 1994. The idea was to have basic information for new Computer Science majors to easily access the tools that they would be needing for CSCI101 (formerly the initial introductory course to computer science. As of the Fall Semester of 1995, CSCI95 is the initial introductory course).

The Winter 1995 Semester saw the assembly of the cast of characters who researched, wrote and edited this HTML document. The intention was to ease the load on new students, teach some basic operations to the uninitiated, and gain some educational experience in working on projects in teams.

The ringleader was Dr. Bon K Sy who drove the following mules cruelly with the taskmasters whip.

The listing is in no particular order of importance of contribution.

The goal as stated before is to make life easier on new students. This is by no means a definitive compilation of computer related information. Nor is it a static document. Recommendations for additions to this document or corrections of errors are more than welcome. Just send your comments to Dr. Sy at the addresses listed at the end of this, and every chapter of the document. It can not grow without you.

This document is dedicated to you!


Software Copying

The copying of software in most cases is prohibited by federal copyright law. Unless you were specifically told that a piece of software was freeware or shareware (software that me be freely distributed) you are not permitted to make copies of software from the university computer systems. In this document and in the New Science Building room A135, there are lists of software that you are free to copy and use as you please.

Software Piracy is a federal offense, please practice ethical behavior. Especially if you are a Computer Science major. People attempt to feed their children writing software. Support their children's education also.

If you continue to use a Shareware program beyond the trial period, please register it and pay the registration fee. Help to keep the Shareware Effort alive and able to give us independent products that are not provided by big software corporations.


Computer Usage

The computer systems of Queens College are made available to the faculty, staff and general student body of Queens College only. The computers are to be used for academic pursuits. Anybody found using the computers for purposes other than academic reasons may be asked to stop and asked to leave the labs.

At any time while in the labs, you may be asked for your Queens College identification card. Please have this card on your person at all times, as you should whenever on the College Campus.


Computer Lab Conduct

While using the computer lab facilities, you are asked to please be as quiet as possible. Other people are using the labs with you. A quiet atmosphere makes it easier for most people to conduct their studies.

Also while in the labs, eating ,drinking and smoking is forbidden. This prevents any unfortunate accidents from damaging the computer systems in the labs.

When you are finished performing your work, please take all of your belongings and any scrap papers with you. Any laser print outs that you will not be keeping should be brought to the recycling areas. Please recycle any unused paper. Help in maintaining our environment for the future.


This document was written by Louis Bianchi. We owe many thanks to the feedback provided by Bert and the students of CS101. More specific details about this document are available.


Please send suggestions and further details to:

Dr. Bon K. Sy
Queens College/CUNY
Department of Computer Science
Flushing, NY 11367
USA
Voice: (718)-997-3500 x-3477
Fax: (718)-997-3513
E-mail: bon@bunny.cs.qc.edu