1. Go to your browser and type in bjordan.stu
2. This link won’t work until you’re registered and online at Wes, but bookmark it anyway–You’ll use it often.
3. When the link is up, it will look like a search engine. This is SMBsearch. Type something you want in the box. Say, “Kissing the Lipless.”
4. Press enter.
5. A list will pop up. The length of the list depends on the number of people on the Network who have what you’re looking for. In this case, each line will look something like \\HELLOWORLD\My Shared Folder\Music\Shins – Kissing the Lipless.mp3
- \\_____ is whatever name that person has decided to name their computer. For instance, I’m \\ISHUKU.
6. To get your media, first copy the file path to your clipboard.
- Windows: In XP, paste it directly into the address bar of your browser. In 2000, you may have to Start -> Run. It should then download to your desktop. You can also browse all of that person’s offerings by just entering “\\” followed by their computer name.
- Mac: In the finder, hit control-K (or go to the Go menu and choose Connect to Server.) In the box marked “Server Address,” enter “smb://” followed by the computer name (e.g. “smb://cthulhu”). You’ll be prompted to log in to that computer as if it were a server. Just use whatever default setting is offered. Sometimes people have multiple drives loaded, e.g. “Movies,” “Music,” “Pictures of Ninjas,” etc. Choose one. It’ll load as a network drive, with an icon appearing on your desktop.
7. Double-click and enjoy!
The Wesleyan network is blindingly fast. I’m talking a 700mb file transfer in ~5 minutes. Ditto if you’re sending someone a file over AIM, as long as they’re also on the network. However, your torrents will run mind-numbingly slowly, if at all, which is more the reason to just use SMBsearch. You can use it to find literally everything–Music, movies, tv shows, porn, etc., though if you search for “porn” you’ll end up with mostly New Pornographers songs.
Woodframes, including most of the program houses, are not on the network. However, you can access it from any off-campus location (including at home!) with VPN–Click here for the download and installation/usage instructions.
Finally, if for some reason you’re looking for a song and can’t find it on the Network, try searching at The Hype Machine or Dogpile. Alternately, you can just do a Google crawl by entering the following query into Google followed by whatever you’re looking for:
-inurl:(htm|html|php) intitle:”index of” +”last modified” +”parent directory” +description +size +(mp3)
Good luck and godspeed!