THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY STANDARDS COMMITTEE
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2006 10:00-11:30 A.M.
MEMBERS ABSENT: Wes Nance, Norm Fujimoto
REVIEW HP DESKTOP JUSTIFICATION & HISTORY
Mario published a document on the web called the Desktop Justification and History. This was made available to provide the background and history of moving between the white box desktop PC and new HP desktop systems. The bidding process and warranty background for those decisions are also included in this document.
ELECTRONIC CLASSROOMS UPDATE
Lee reported that the computers for the E-classrooms will be installed by GST. Bernie Negrette reported that many faculty in his department (CIS) use a laptop now so they can each configure them the way they want to for their classroom use & also install their special software.
Lee informed ML that the instructor stations in computer labs should have the exact same hardware as the lab machines, otherwise the image (with all the unique software) will not be able to be installed on the instructor station. Lee asked Patrick check to see if any special software needs to be installed on these 35+ new E-Classrooms. Also, most labs already have PC’s for the instructor station, so those should still be used until the entire room is replaced with new PC’s. ML reported that new PC’s were already purchased; he will work with relocating them as appropriate.
Bernie asked Lee that if faculty need special software installed, what they should do? She responded that they should contact the Help Desk, and we will assist with installing the appropriate software. Lee asked M.L. to review the E-Standards on the web to make sure they are current and accurate.
Updated HP Desktop Pricing
The dual core (or two-processor) Business 7700 desktop systems are replacing 7600’s. Three different CPU’s are available. The base CPU, the E6300, which is $84 more than the base, and theE6400, which is $134 more than the base. We recommend standardizing on the E6300 because the base CPU is the first core 2 duo and runs very hot. If the pricing is low enough, we can get the mid-range CPU for the campus. It was explained that we have already standardized on 1GB of memory and upgraded the hard drive to 80GB in preparation for Microsoft Vista. It was reported that we will also be getting a demo unit of the DC7700 and anyone can contact Mario so they can see and test this unit. Final pricing should come in (with the reductions) soon. The finalized pricing should be low enough to afford the extra $84. These prices will come into effect in December. We will need to build a new image for this new base computer. Either HP or GST will place the image on the PC’s.
Microsoft Office 2007
Lee reported that Microsoft Office 2007 would be released at the end of November. It has not been tested whether the two office suites will work efficiently together.
Lee requested that she be notified of any locations who would like to use the new suite first. Barbara Sowden has requested to have it installed on her machine as soon as possible.
Microsoft Vista OS
Mario distributed handouts with information about Vista. We won’t be moving fast on this; we will tryit out in a few locations first.
It was reported that some Adobe products and Final Cut don’t work with the new intel hardware in the Macs.
An announcement was made about a Sakai Presentation in the Teleconference Center On Thursday November 2 at 11:00 a.m.