So today I started back at college for my fourth and final year and as expected I did absolutely nothing all day. I arrived into college a little after half 8 thinking that I might have classes at 9, the reason I said might is because I had received an email from the college saying some classes may not be starting until 1 or 2pm!
It turns out my course was one of those that wasn’t starting until 1pm. Fair enough I could have accepted that if I had something to occupy myself with. Usually I would pop out the laptop or use one of the computer lab’s pc’s to go on the internet but once I tried that there was no luck there. The entire college has no Wi-Fi because the IT department are upgrading the services, they say it should be working next week but I have my doubts.
It is about time though that the Wi-Fi in the college got an upgrade, you could sit in some lecture or lab rooms and struggle to get any reception at all, the Wi-Fi service the college is installing is the same that the majority of the other college’s in Ireland are using which is called eduroam. this Wi-Fi service should apparently give us 100% coverage in the new carrolls building which is the new computer department and then at least 80% coverage for the rest of the college :D.
It seems a lot of work has yet to be done in the new IT department, but hopefully they will get it sorted sooner rather than later, I would assume all the IT technicians are working overtime to get the place fully up and running.
Also I have yet to get my full timetable. The college have made a great new handy site that has our class timetables but it is not fully up to date yet, according to some of our lecturers we should have more classes than what is on our sheet so that should hopefully be changed over the next few days. The new timetable is no longer manually updated, if the head of the computing department makes a change to the timetables, the site get updated automatically. That may not sound like a big deal, but to be honest, for our college that’s huge!
The new department is definitely a huge step up from the old one though; from what is complete it does seem excellent. The computers have 64 bit windows 7 operating systems with 8 GB of ram and huge hard disk space, also the projectors are brand new and there are speakers in the labs which will be useful for when we have to give presentations on our projects.