CS 115: Introduction to Computer Science 1

Lab Machines & E-mail Help

Using the lab machines

Logging in
For your name, use the first 8 characters of your Quest userid. If your Quest userid is shorter than 8 characters long, use the entire userid. During the first lab of the term, you will need to change your Mac lab password.
Changing your password
Click here to change your password. Use your Quest userid and password for the authentication request. You are not changing your Quest password; the password you are changing is only for logging into the computers in the Mac lab. If later in the course you forget your password or cannot log in, you will need to change your password following the same procedures.
Logging out from your Mac account
Before you leave the lab, remember to log out of the computer you used. Close any programs that are running or open. Attempting to log out without exiting all programs can cause your log out to stall. When you are ready to log out, click on the Apple symbol in the top left, select ''Log Out (your_username)'', and then click ''Log Out'' on the dialog box which appears. If you have any programs open/running, you may be prompted to exit them before your log out is complete.

Using a Macintosh

Click here to go to a guide on how to use a Macintosh.

Checking Your E-mail

It is important that you check your e-mail once a day for the following reasons:

  • Basic Test results for Assignment and Lab submissions are sent via email
  • Course personnel will use email to contact you
  • If the course web page is down, announcements will be made through email

Basic Tests are sent to your student.cs account which is automatically forwarded to the email address you have set as yout WatIAM email. Course personnel will use your uwaterloo.ca account to contact you. Email to this address is also automatically forwarded to your WatIAM email.

Click here to check or change your WatIAM email address.

How to read e-mail

If you have not set your Waterloo e-mail to be forwarded to another address, follow the instructions below to read your e-mail.

  1. Enter the url getmail.uwaterloo.ca in a new browser window. On the Mac you can use the web browser FireFox; the icon looks like a world on fire.
  2. Click on the Secure Logon (https) button under ''logon to mywaterloo''. You can click ''Yes'' to the ''Do you want to proceed?'' security alert message since you are accessing a secure website.
  3. Enter the following information:
    • Server: If you are a Math student, select mail.student.math from the drop-down menu. If you are a student in another faculty, select mail.student.cs from the drop-down menu.
    • Userid: Enter the first 8 characters of your userid.
    • Password: Enter the same password that you use for login in the labs (your Mac/student.cs password).
    • Language: English
  4. Click on the Log in button.
  5. Click on the Inbox link. This will bring you to a page that contains all your e-mail messages. On the top of the page, you will also find other familiar options such as
    • Compose: Click this to create new outgoing e-mail.
    • Folders: This allows you to access the different folders such as inbox, trash, out, and so on.
    • Options: Use this to change emailing options. Some of the common tasks are setting filters, setting your time zone information, customizing tasks to run upon logon.
    • Search: Lets you search all the documents in your e-mail folders for certain information.
    • Help: Help contains detailed information about tasks such as composing an e-mail message, applying filters, and adding attachments to an e-mail message.
  6. Click on Log out once you are done.
  7. Note: if you would like to set up an email client at home (e.g. Microsoft Outlook, Eudora, Thunderbird) to read your UW mail, please see information from the Math Faculty Computing Facility on this topic.
To forward your UW e-mail to another address:
  • Click on the Deliver/Divert/Forward link in the left-hand menu.
  • Check the box next to ''Forward Mail'' and enter your e-mail address (e.g. astudent@gmail.com).
  • Select ''Save these Settings'' at the top of the screen.
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