Because digital methods of representation, communication and analysis are so central to design and planning today, the GSD requires each student "to bring to school a laptop computer, capable of running Windows software." (Note that an Apple Macintosh notebook can satisfy this requirement, with a dual-OS solution that includes Windows -- at some extra expense and complication.) This laptop computer should be powerful enough for intensive design/planning related applications in CAD, GIS, animation, simulation, spreadsheets, desktop publishing, etc. Check this page for more information.
Network Security Announcement
Per Harvard University guidelines, all computers connected to the GSD network must be personally identified, virus-free, and protected from common infections and exploits. This means that:
You must REGISTER your computer or other connected device ONLINE once before it will be fully connected to the GSD network.
- Once your computer is at the GSD, open any web browser, and you will be redirected to a Registration Page. (Note: you will have to register your computer twice, once while plugged into a wire (ethernet cable), and again wirelessly (WiFi). But each is only a one-time requirement.)
- Accept the 'Acceptable Use Policy' by entering your HUID and PIN. (PIN Management Utilities at www.pin.harvard.edu).
- Choose Register. You may choose to 'SKIP' registration for 24 hours up to three times. After that time unregistered computers will not be able to connect to the network.
- You must install and maintain anti-virus software. There are many free options available for download, including Microsoft's Security Essentials or Avira.
- You must install regular Operating System patches and security updates from your OS manufacturer (probably either Microsoft or Apple).
- If we detect that your computer is infected by any known malware, the network connection will be temporarily suspended, and the computer 'quarantined' until you have removed the infection and taken steps to prevent a recurrence.
You should inform yourself about basic network security and safety, especially these rules:
- Never open email attachments or web-downloads, or install software that you are unsure of
- Be aware of common on-line frauds and 'phishing scams' that seek to intimidate or lure you into entering private information into web forms or email
- Keep anti-virus measures installed and up-to-date
- Never install 'bootleg' software
- Always keep backups of important work, in a different place than your main work disk(s)