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    What’s a sinc site again?

    Many students use the various SINC sites on campus to print out some last minute lecture notes, check their e-mails or just kill time in between classes. For commuter students the SINC sites become their only way to print out what they need while on campus if they do not have access to a friends dorm room. A SINC site is basically a computer lab. These labs are spread throughout the campus in different buildings such as the main floor of the Melville Library, the third floor of Harriman Hall, the fourth floor of the Chemistry building, the first floor of the Engineering building, the sixth floor of the Social and Behavioral Science building, the basement of the Union building and various other places on campus. A full listing along with their hours of operation can be found at: http://moya.ic.sunysb.edu/Sinc/ During the day the SINC sites fill up quick. The most popular one being the main floor of the library where students can be seen snaking in and out of isles ready to lunge for an open seat if anyone gets up. During the middle of the day it is best to use the Union SINC site because there is usually an open seat to be found. This SINC site is equipped with 42 XP PCs, 16 dual boot OSX iMacs, 13 OSX iMacs, 4 PC scanners, 2 Mac scanners, 2 walk-in print stations, 2 release stations and hookups for laptops as well. Since so many people use the SINC sites on a regular basis, there is a printing quota per person per day. Each user is limited to about 40 pages per day. If you use up your quota in one day you will not be able to print in any SINC site until the next day. Printing double sided is recommended for the maximum use of the quota. If the quota is not met, the unused pages rollover until the next day. The quota is then reset on Monday and Saturday. Once a user hits print on their computer, they must walk over to a release station, usually Pharos and identified by a blue sign where they must put in their ID number and password, before the station will print. There is no color printing in the SINC sites and using your own computer paper is not allowed. When printing lecture slides, hit print, go to handouts on the menu, and hit 6 slides per page for maximum use of the quota. You can adjust this to any number of slides on a page depending on how many notes you take and how large you want the slides. There is no eating or drinking in the SINC sites and staff members do come around to check.

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