Free. If you are a student, you probably already have this, after your first trip to the Student Services Centre http://www.students.ubc.ca/ssc. You will need it for managing your fees and registration. This "CWL" account is what you need to connect to the wireless networks on campus. Short-term visitors can be set up with Guest CWL accounts so that they can connect wirelessly. Here is/are the FAQ for the CWL: https://it.ubc.ca/services/accounts-passwords/campus-wide-login-cwl/campus-wide-login-faq
Email via UBC's central IT
It's complicated. But free. As long as you are *employed* by UBC, you can have a FASmail account, which looks like firstname.lastname@example.org and is an Outlook mailbox. You qualify, for example, if you are a TA, post-doc, staff, or faculty. BUT if you do not TA next term, or when you leave UBC, you lose your FASmail account. So if you put this UBC address in a publication and then leave (e.g. post-docs) the address will become non-functional and people will have to google for you.
For a permanent UBC address, anyone can use the @zoology or @biodiversity addresses we offer below, and students have the option of getting a forwarding address email@example.com (from the first day you start at UBC).
Free. Anyone in Zoology can get a Zoology account. It's popular to get a Zoology e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org) and just use CWL and Interchange accounts for connecting to the internet. It's easy to configure your e-mail client to use the Zoology servers. For any Zoology account fill out the form http://www.zoology.ubc.ca/forms/applic.pdf which is also obtainable from one of the Zoology Computing Unit (ZCU) staff. NOTE: You need one of these accounts to be able to edit your default web page on the Zoology departmental web site, and to make room or vehicle bookings.
We offer @biodiversity.ubc.ca email accounts to anyone in Biodiversity. You need one of these to authenticate for Biodiversity room booking, for example.
$100 per year. What a deal. And usually your supervisor will pay. Use the form at http://www.zoology.ubc.ca/forms/applic.pdf Freebie accounts are just e-mail and network connectivity. Benefits for those who chip into the pot by paying a membership:
- hands-on access to all Zoology/Biodiversity computing equipment, including printers (colour, too), flatbed and slide scanners, extra computers and software you or your lab may not want to buy just for yourselves
- only $10 to print a poster, instead of $15 (for non-member Zoology/Biodiversity)
- free automatic backups of their desktop and/or laptop computer(s), maximum two
- disk space on the Zoology server, which is backed up nightly
- full access to our UNIX/Linux servers
- the shared equipment includes 2 server clusters (currently 40 CPU's and 112 CPU's) for simulation
- can set up personal web pages (http://www.zoology.ubc.ca/~you)
- access to GradLab 24/7
- use of the Dropbox-like Zoology Cloud (drop off files for anyone)
WestGrid various NSERC/CFI-friendly services
SciNet various NSERC/CFI-friendly services
Amazon EC2 for computation
Amazon S3 for file storage