The network at HMC is awesome. It's often said that they have the most problems at Mudd because the computer science students are always tinkering with the servers. It's true that Mudders can't go five minutes without checking their e-mail, and a lot of CS majors suffer from "monitor burn" when they go without sunlight for several days. Professors often post Web quizzes, readings, homework assignments, and test-prep material online. LAN games are also popular, and anyone can have their own student Web site, as well as a departmental Web site for whatever your major might be.
The Computing and Information Services Department offers help to students and faculty by way of several resources, including Web forms and mailing list tools, and special workshops on computer-related subjects. The CIS Department even has its own newsletter, Occasional Downtime. A lot of people here build their own computers, and there's always a CS major living next door if you need tech support. But, not everyone on campus is addicted to computers. While some people use laptops in class to take notes, some people don't own a computer at all. Every freshman, however, is required to take a basic programming class in Java. So, if you're not already computer savvy when you arrive at Mudd, you'll get there within the first semester. Aside from some occasional downtime on the servers, the Mudd network is one of the most useful tools on campus.