Student Computer Ownership Committee

Annual Report

2000-2001

 

Members Present: Gregory Abowd (CoC), Normer Adams (Student), Linda Cabot (OIT), Eric Carlen (CoS), Rob Riding(Bookstore), Dan Morrison (Student Housing), Matthew J. Realff (CoE), Marc Smith (CoE), Miles (Resnet), Kathy Tomajko (Library), Micah Shaw (Student), Yorai Wardi (Exec Board).

 

The committee’s main activity for the year was to update the hardware and software specifications for Fall2001. These were:

 

For Recommended Software:

Operating System

Microsoft Windows 98 (PC)

Mac OS 9 or higher (Mac)

Communications

Communication / Utilities Software

Qualcom Eudora 5 (PC)

Qualcom Eudora 5 (Mac)

Netscape Communicator 4.7x

NiftyTelnet 1.1 SSH r3 (Mac)

Dartmouth C. Fetch 3.0.3 (Mac)

NAI Virus Scan (PC)

NAI Virex (MAC)

Van Dyke SecureCRT 3.1 (PC)

Productivity

Any one of the following Office suites will be more than adequate:

Microsoft Office 2000 standard, or Office XP (PC)

(Word, Excel and PowerPoint)

Microsoft Office 98, or Office 2001 (Mac)

(Word, Excel and PowerPoint)

Educational

Macromedia Dreamweaver 4.0

Waterloo Maple 6

Mathworks Matlab 5.3+ (PC)

Mathworks Matlab 5.2+ (Mac)

 

We REMOVED

Synergy KaleidaGraph 3.5

 

For New Hardware Purchases:

 

Processor

Intel Pentium III, AMD Athlon or higher

RAM

at least 128MB RAM

Hard Drive

4GB or larger Hard Disk

Monitor

15" Color Monitor or Larger

Network Card

10Base-T Network Adapter*

Other Features

CD-ROM, Sound Card, Speakers**

 

Processor

Power Macintosh G3 or higher

RAM

at least 128MB RAM

Hard Drive

4GB or larger Hard Disk

Monitor

15" Color Monitor Or Larger

Network Card

10Base-T Network Adapter* (pre-installed)

Other Features

CD-ROM, Sound Card, Speakers**

 

No specifications were made on pre-existing hardware.

 

We added a section on laptops but did not make any different specifications for these machines, more details can be found at http://www.sco.gatech.edu/.

 

The committee had no other action than to make these specifications.

 

The committee did put in place a procedure to review the software specifications:

 

1) The procedure decided was:

a.   A note was circulated to all the academic faculty by Ed Thomas the Secretary of the Faculty two weeks prior to a scheduled SCOC meeting. The note asked for faculty to send their requests to the chair of the committee and then if they wanted to come to the scheduled meeting to give their input. The guidelines provided were that the software should be something that the entire GIT undergraduate body could be expected to use during their time at Tech and that the decision would be based on the benefits and costs, such as support.

b.   The suggestions were circulated to the committee members and Linda Cabot found out the cost of a site license and student license for the software suggestions (of which there were three, SAS, another computational product, and adobe acrobat suite).

c.   The committee met on the appointed day and discussed the options with input on costs of the software from Linda Cabot. The committee declined all three requests for different reasons. The first two were declined because they were regarded as too narrow in scope, applying to particular academic units rather than campus wide. The adobe acrobat suite was rejected on the basis of cost of site license and cost to the students themselves - $100.

 

The faculty were informed of the committee’s recommendations.

 

The committee did review and revise the SCO web pages to make them more user-friendly and streamlined with regards to obtaining the necessary data for purchases.

 

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Respectfully submitted,

 

Matthew J. Realff