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United States Naval AcademyInformation Technology Suite USNA 2013
Please review this information about the Class of 2013 Information Technology Suite which you will be issued shortly before the Fall Term begins.
The Class of 2013 will be issued an Information Technology Suite consisting of both a desktop and a notebook computer with pre-configured software applications, an accessories package and on-site maintenance contract. These computers are complemented by a Texas Instrument Voyage 200 Graphing Calculator; midshipmen who already own this model calculator may return the one issued them unopened for credit. Each suite is capable of supporting all academic requirements and functioning as a data communications device. These systems are optimized for compatibility with the Naval Academy's data communication's environment. All software is standardized, configured for USNA defaults, and loaded at the factory during system assembly. Many of the software applications are site-licensed, volume- licensed, educational shareware, or locally developed programs (not commercially available).
Dell OptiPlex 960 Mini Tower Desktop
* Intel Core 2 Duo 3.0 GHz E8400 CPU
* 4 GB DDR2 800 MHz SDRAM
* ATI Radeon HD4670 512 Mb Video Card
* 320 GB Serial ATA Hard Disk Drive
* Dell 16x +/- RW Serial ATA DVD Drive
* ADI 1984A Integrated Sound
* Intel WG82567LM LOM Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit
* Dell UltraSharp 1908FP 19 inch LCD
* Dell USB Mouse with Wheel
* Dell USB Common Access Card Keyboard
* 4-Year Parts Warranty
* On-Site Technician
Dell Inspiron 12 Inch Netbook
* 12.1 inch WXGA 1280x800 Display
* Intel Atom Z520 1.3GHz CPU
* 1 GB DDR2 533MHz RAM
* Intel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 500
* 40GB PATA Hard Drive
* Integrated 10/100 Ethernet
* 802.11b/g Mini Card
* Bluetooth Internal (2.1) Mini Card
* Dell 48Whr Lithium Ion 6-cell Battery
* Dell 2-Year Limited + 2-Year Mail-in Service
No printer is included in this package. A high percentage of incoming freshmen either bring a printer from home or buy one shortly after computer issue. Public printers are available in each company area and in the library, but are in high demand. Several printers are available for purchase at the U.S. Naval Academy Store on Parent's Weekend, and retail stores in Annapolis carry a variety of printers. When buying a printer, make sure it is Windows Vista- compatible, includes the parallel or USB cable, and connects to a standard parallel or USB port. Also consider size (limited desk space), cost, maintenance and reliability, and supplies (paper, ink or toner, etc.).
Midshipmen are required to run both administrative and academic software. The administrative software is centered around the office suite, email, and web browsers. The Class of 2013's office suite will be Microsoft Office. It includes Microsoft Word (word processor), Excel (spreadsheet), PowerPoint (presentation and graphics package), Access (database), and other support software. This software is pre-configured on a master hard disk and factory loaded on every midshipman's microcomputer during production. Additional required academic software is purchased in the USNA book store and treated as a book issue.
To support midshipmen in using their new systems, an on-line "Microcomputer Getting Started Guidebook" will be produced by Information Technology Services. This electronic guidebook provides general information about the issued systems, software applications, and the Naval Academy Data Network.