Tech Refresh

Federal Macintosh enthusiasts can get Apple Computer Inc.’s high-style iMac
for $1,138 on the National Institutes of Health Electronic Computer Store II contract held
by Government Technology Services Inc. of Chantilly, Va.


The iMac runs Mac OS 8.5.1. It has a 333-MHz PowerPC G3 processor, 32M of synchronous
dynamic RAM, a 6G IDE hard drive, 24X CD-ROM drive, 56-Kbps modem and two Universal Serial
Bus ports. The iMac becomes operational as soon as the buyer plugs in a power cord and
modem cable, and attaches the keyboard and mouse.


NIH ECS-II is open to all agencies.


For notebook PC users who want a rugged unit for travel, GTSI’s General Services
Administration Information Technology Schedule contract lists the $3,466 Panasonic
Personal Computer Co. ToughBook 71. It has a 366-MHz Pentium II processor, 64M of
synchronous dynamic RAM expandable to 192M, a 10G Ultra ATA hard drive, 24X CD-ROM drive
and Microsoft Windows 95.


The ToughBook 71 gets its toughness from a magnesium alloy case. It has a detachable
carry handle, a dust- and water-resistant Lexan display panel, and gel cushioning to
protect components from shock and vibration. The unit has a 13.3-inch active-matrix
display and a spill-resistant keyboard and touchpad. Pansonic gives a three-year limited
warranty on parts and labor.


Micron Electronics Inc. of Nampa, Idaho, sells the NetFrame 9200 server with one
400-MHz Pentium III Xeon processor, 256M of error-correcting-code, extended-data-out
dynamic RAM, 512K Level 2 cache and Windows NT Server 4.0. The price is $13,624 on
Micron’s GSA IT Schedule contract.


The NetFrame 9200 has 10 expansion slots, a triple-pier PCI bus, four hot-plug-ready
PCI slots and a 32X IDE CD-ROM drive. Included with the server are two 4G
hot-swappable/redundant boot drives and Intel LANDesk Server Manager 6.0 software. Micron
gives a three-year limited system warranty.


Compaq Computer Corp.’s GSA IT Schedule contract now has the $2,449 Armada 1700
notebook with Win95, 32M of RAM, 512K Level 2 cache, 56-Kbps modem, 5G Smart hard drive
and 24X CD-ROM drive. The Armada display measures 14.1 inches.


Force 3 Inc. of Crofton, Md., has posted new labor rates for its GSA IT Schedule
contract.


Changes involve hourly charges for LAN and WAN administrators, integrators,
microcomputer specialists, network technicians and systems analysts.


For information about these and other federal contracts, visit GCN’s Web site at
www.gcn.com.

 

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