As of 2011, 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 related applications in CAD, GIS, animation, simulation, desktop publishing, etc. Check this page for more information.
Network Security Announcement
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 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.
Inform yourself about basic network safety, especially:
- Never open email attachments or web-downloads that you are unsure of
- Keep anti-virus measures installed and up-to-date
- Never install 'bootleg' software
- Always keep backups of important work