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Going Google

Williams is Going Google !


Did You Know?

Williams Admission processes 80,000 potential applicants a year through the Peoplesoft Admission module.

All laptops and other portable storage media that are used to store Williams College confidential data must be password-protected and have their hard drives encrypted.  Contact OIT for help encrypting laptops and media.

Liquid spills are a common cause of laptop failure and usually voids the computer warranty. Liquids that have damaged college laptops include water, beer, wire, mixed drinks, juice, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, soda, steam from a shower, rain, baby spitup and a broken lava lamp.

There are over 1,300 active users of the campus room scheduling system?  Access the campus room scheduler system at:   https://roomscheduler.williams.edu

It’s only a bit over 39 days of continuous walking to get from Jesup Hall to Silicon Valley.

In Q4 2011, 40% of US mobile subscribers had a smartphone: 47% of them used a Google Android phone, 30% used an iPhone. (comscore.com)

There are over 6000 student and alumni users of the PeopleSoft student system.

By the year 2012 it is estimated there will be approximately 17 billion devices connected to the Internet.

Over 19,000 financial reports are produced nightly within our PeopleSoft Financials system.  Sign in to the PeopleSoft Financials system to review your accounts at https://finance.williams.edu .

ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer) was the first general-purpose electronic computer; it was announced to the public the evening of February 14, 1946.

Admission uses a Williams-developed Peoplesoft custom application to implement a paperless reader rating process.  The new online process insures that every reader is automatically notified if higher test scores arrive after their read has been completed, giving them a chance to re-evaluate the application.

2,113 students were enrolled in at least one course that used Glow in Fall 2011, representing 99.1% of the student body.

According to Wikipedia, In the twenty years from 1990 to 2011, worldwide mobile phone subscriptions grew from 12.4 million to over 5.6 billion. Current estimates put the world’s total population at about 7 billion.

You still have PeopleSoft student system access when you graduate?  You can review grades and request transcripts no matter where life takes you after Williams.  We love to hear from you!

OIT will NEVER ask for your password!

Faculty and Staff can use the Williams Transport bus service that runs shuttles from Williams to and from New York City and Boston every weekend during the academic year.  Go to https://sarah.williams.edu and click on Self Service, Williams Transport to book a ticket.

Jesup Hall was built in 1899 and renovated to be a Computer Center in 1983-84. The entire second floor was made up of computer labs as many students did not have personal computers. The 12 Computer Center staff moved over to Jesup from Bronfman in August 1984.

On average, Glow delivers a web page to a logged-in user every 7.5 seconds.

Every morning, administrative staff review the nightly results from over 50 data quality assurance checks to ensure the accuracy of student and employee records.

In a typical month, Williams mail servers process 15 million incoming mail messages and 2 million outgoing mail messages. Our spam and virus detection systems block over 84% of all incoming messages.

There were more than 870,000 logins to the HR/Student system in 2011.

Modern PC desktops draw about .06 watts when in sleep mode. They also draw about .06 watts when turned off. Night lights are typically 5 watts. You can get to zero by using a power strip and turning it to off when not in use.

Williams College makes admissions decisions available to applicants via our MyApplication site.  Over 80% of applicants log in to check their status within the first 24 hours after decisions are released.

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