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Question #91817 posted on 11/12/2018 5:42 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have been through the learning commons of the library several times and I've noticed that there is frequently a line to use the computers right behind the printers (the public computers). Is there any reason that everyone prefers these computers over any of the other 100 computers in the learning commons (or for that matter, any computer that connects to campus computers)?

-Curious Student Lewis

A:

Dear Lewis,

I think there are a few main reasons why people largely decide to use the public computers instead of the others. Obviously, you don't have to log into the public ones, which may make the whole thing feel a lot quicker, even if the time you spend waiting in line outweighs the time it would have taken to log into a computer. When I didn't have a laptop that I could bring to campus with me, those computers seemed so much quicker and easier, especially because the computers take forever to sign into for the first time. Additionally, I think to some people it would feel silly to sit down and log in when you are only going to be there for as long as it takes to print a document. If it were me, I'd like to leave those for people who are actually going to need to use them for a while. 

Basically, the bottom line is that it seems shorter to use the public ones. I'm not sure if that's actually true, but that's life I guess.

-Quixotic Kid