Random Questions

<p>So hows the internet at UCSC? I'm afraid that it won't be fast enough for online gaming. lol</p>

<p>Also, I heard about the free cable you can use if you bring a TV, Does that include anything special like HBO?</p>

<p>The internet is fine at UCSC if you use an ethernet connection. It's a significant step up from a regular DSL connection and probably about the same as a regular cable connection. Even the wireless is decent, but I don't believe you can play games over the wireless connection.</p>

<p>The cable they offer is basic cable. Here is a list of the tv channels you get for free:
Campus</a> Cable TV Lineup (UCSC Learning Technologies)</p>

<p>I haven't run a test, but, from what I recall reading, the internet speed is significantly higher than you would be able to get in your home without paying a small fortune. There is, however, a bandwidth limit of 2GB per day. So just watch how much data you're uploading. You'll be fine for downloading data, though.</p>

<p>Thanks MidnightGolfer and Kender</p>

<p>That 2gb limit is upload only? No limit on download?</p>

<p>@crummy Well I'm sure there is a limit but probably something like 250 GB. At least I hope its not too low. lol</p>

<p>Awesome, Cartoon Network. :D</p>

<p>I was more excited about ESPN but whatever floats your boat :)</p>

<p>so what do we do about all the other channels?? looks like i can't watch any more laker games unless they're on TNT or ESPN. :(</p>

<p>That's why Al Gore in his infinite wisdom invented the internet, ivers0n. ;)</p>

<p>There is no officially published upload or download (specifically) limit that I can find. The only thing that is stated is a "2GB bandwidth limit per day." Going by what this means, it would mean both upload AND download. However, I reach this within a couple hours doing basic, daily activities (software and OS updates, general surfing, email, IM, etc). My download being significantly higher than my upload, though.</p>

<p>They advertise legal entertainment sites (netflix, napster, etc) for acquiring your videos and music so it stands to reason that they expect downloads to exceed 2GB a day. I've had some updates that exceeded that amount alone as well.</p>

<p>The "hidden" message in this from ITS? Just don't torrent.</p>

<p>A friend of mine who lives off campus now says one of the only thing he misses about on campus living is the internet. He did choose to torrent and regularly would lose his internet due to exceeding the limitations. But his torrents moved extremely fast (both upload and download).</p>

<p>Just wondering, does UCSC block certain sites? My current high school blocks all sports, game realated, pornographic sites, basically anything that is not related to school. That would be a bummer if I was not allowed to log into my fantasy sport sites.</p>

<p>do we get to know our roomate ahead of time?? it'll suck cuz i wont know what he'll bring</p>

<p>They give you their phone numbers so you can coordinate I believe.</p>

<p>Do we find out our dorm placement (whether we got into our requested houses, etc) at orientation? Is that also when we get our roommate info?</p>

<p>@Kender So did the punishment for going over the limit is no internet for a day or something? I guess that's not that bad. Good to know that the internet is pretty fast!</p>

<p>@PhantomBMAN Yeah, When can we find out?</p>

<p>^^ I emailed my housing director and he told me that you find out about roommates and such at least by July 14th. Which is waaay sooner than I thought!</p>

<p>UCSC doesn't block any of those websites. You will be mailed a housing packet that lists your room number and contact information for your roommate.</p>

<p>You lose internet for 3 days if you go over the bandwidth so a bit worse than "just a day" XD. If you're caught downloading copyrighted material illegally, though, you can lose your internet access for up to two weeks. And you have to complete some sort of copyright quiz to acknowledge you've "learned not to be naughty" or something.</p>

<p><a href="http://resnet.ucsc.edu/policy/usage.pdf%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://resnet.ucsc.edu/policy/usage.pdf&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>Just follow the rules ;). Don't be an idiot like my friend was because there's a high chance you may lose internet when you really need it for classes. I know I have been saved a thousand fold by having internet access whenever I want it.</p>

<p>Looks like I'll be trying to find some unsecured wifi to steal my music. I mean uh what? :P</p>