I was up until 4 am last night, packing a few bits, but mainly setting my computer to how I wanted it whilst I still had my own internet connection.
I’d read the relevant information on St Andrews’ website, and as far as I could tell1 there’d be a lot of restrictions. Basically, you’re only supposed to use your internet connection for university-related things, but I thought that’s probably what all universities says; it doesn’t mean they enforce it.
But I’m here now and I’m can definitively say that… it’s pretty bad. Whilst I was able to purchase Monkey Island 1 & 2 (59p each!) from iTunes and download them in only a few seconds, I couldn’t load steam in online mode. That means no steam chat, no downloading games, and no playing multiplayers or games that I don’t already have install. At least I’ll still be able to purchase through the website. Skype can’t log in either. [UPDATE: Skype works actually] Peer to peer software is out of the question.
I knew this was going to be the case but: there’s no Wi-Fi here. That means, in halls at least, I’ll no longer be able to use my iPod to read my emails, browse Facebook and Twitter, read my RSS feeds and Instapaper, use Game Center, and do pretty much anything else on my iPod beside listen to music and play games.
I wonder what else doesn’t work? I’ll see…
But it’s not that important, I’ll make do. I was up at 8, and my bed’s made. I think I’ll go for a nap now.
P.S. They supplied me with an ethernet cable! I even reaches from the socket to my bed – ace.
- Those things are never clear, are they? ↩