Popular alternatives add to software choices

October 26, 2005
When computers first became available to individuals, most of the cost was in the hardware, and the software that it came with was basically free. But today, with computers available in abundance for a few hundred dollars, most of the computing cost is in the software that users purchase. Fortunately, for the cost-conscious, free or »

Role-playing games provoke legal concerns

October 5, 2005
If you ask the average Yalie if they have ever heard of an MMORPG, or better yet, played one, you are likely to get a blank stare. Outside of the gaming scene, MMORPGs, or massively multiplayer online role-playing games, are still not common knowledge. But the fact remains — despite limited public familiarity with the »

With e-mail, sometimes the best is free

September 14, 2005
Imagine life 20 years ago. No cheap cell phones, no instant messaging and, worst of all, no e-mail. But thankfully, we’re not in the past. We live in the present and have more options than ever when it comes communicating via what has become many college students’ medium of choice — e-mail. Webmail Who it’s »

Not connected yet? Here’s how

August 31, 2005
By Daniel Holevoet Staff reporter Arriving at Yale, either as a returning student or incoming freshman, creates an overwhelming list of important things to do — seeing friends, going to parties, decorating rooms — oh, and there’s that whole classes thing, too. But, surely foremost on everyone’s agenda is getting online. E-mail, IM, and »

Network troubles usually have a quick fix

April 20, 2005
Almost every Yalie uses the University network on a daily basis, and every student has probably had problems with it as well. But with a few simple tricks and basic knowledge of the network’s structure, most problems can be avoided. When a computer is connected, most networks give it an IP address — a combination »

Safety of private info on Internet is questionable

April 6, 2005
By Daniel Holevoet contributing reporter The caller knew her name, her address, her number and that she went to Yale. But this was no job interview or screw date. The man who called Shannon Monaghan ’08 located her information through University-run Web sites, which publicly display telephone numbers and contact information of Yale students. The »

Tables turn in campus Mac vs. Windows feud

February 23, 2005
Many of the great pop-culture debates of our time involve intense rivalries — Yankees versus Red Sox, Britney versus Christina, Ford versus Chevy. Among these great discussions stands one that has shaped the technological world: Macs versus PCs. Ten years ago, the computer world was different than today, and it seemed like Microsoft had bested »

Spyware is the newest epidemic to hit PCs

January 26, 2005
This article has been corrected. You may view this article’s correction here. Yalies who have been around computers for more than a few years will remember the good old days of malicious software, when the most common scenario was a deluge of unwanted e-mails from infected friends and abuse of the address book. Today, a »

Profs explore use of MEMS

November 17, 2004
By Daniel Holevoet Contributing Reporter Cellular phones squeeze a microphone, transmitter and battery pack into a small package for convenience, but some problems must have small solutions as a necessity rather than a luxury. Professors in Yale’s Engineering and Physics Departments are tackling these problems by developing microelectromechanical systems, or MEMS, to perform tasks where »

Yalies consider risks of electronic polling

October 22, 2004
It is once again the time of year when Yalies rush to send out their absentee ballots and prepare for their traditional trips to the polls on the first Tuesday of November. But within the near future, many Yale voters may be voting electronically — either online or with a digital polling machine. This future »

Wireless network is not completely safe

January 26, 2004
Grace Hsieh ’07 said she uses Yale’s wireless network all the time. So do many of her friends and “almost everybody” she sees in the Berkeley College library. Hsieh said she is aware of the security risks of a wireless network, but the fact that she is using a Yale network makes her feel “subconsciously” »

iTunes offers legal ‘sharing’

November 3, 2003
Since he downloaded Apple’s iTunes music player, Keith Salas ’07 said he has tried to listen to new music every day. But instead of buying songs through the iTunes Music Store (iTMS), he said he looks through users’ playlists until he finds something he has not heard. Yalies have rushed to download the iTunes music »