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A hot image. With attention focused on Operation Allied Force, visits to the main Navy Web site peaked in April at 4 million, said Alan Goldstein, the assistant chief of information for technology integration at Navy headquarters.

There were 14,000 hits in July on an 800- by 600-pixel-resolution Joint Photographic Experts Group image of an F-18 breaking the sound barrier and surrounded by vapor.

Newspapers around the world downloaded the photo and ran it, Goldstein said. Navy people describe an image such as this as 'sierra hotel,' code for a four-letter word starting with S and the word 'hot.'

Goldstein usually removes the high-resolution images when he archives them on the www.navy.mil site'they would take up more than 1M on a server'but he kept the F-18 in high-res form because of its popularity, he said.

Light orders. Ordering began July 23 on the Army Portable-3 contract, which features ruggedized PCs and subnotebooks as light as 4.4 pounds from vendors including Compaq Computer Corp. and Panasonic Personal Computer Co. of Secaucus, N.J. Government Technology Services Inc. and Intelligent Decisions Inc., both of Chantilly, Va., are the two prime contractors, and the Army Small Computer Program at Fort Monmouth, N.J., manages Portable-3.

All notebook PCs come with a three-year worldwide on-site warranty. You can find more information about Portable-3 at www.pmscp.monmouth.army.mil.

High-rent district. Vance Air Force Base, Okla., where the service's Air Education and Training Command trains its pilots, has been leasing 30 PCs a month since early last year to establish a common architecture and make fiscal planning easier, said Maj. Mitchel Butikofer, communications squadron commander of the 71st Flying Training Wing.

Out of the base's 1,600 PCs, command officials are leasing about 400, and they eventually plan to lease up to 1,500, Butikofer said.

Ready, or not? Although a few last-minute things still need fielding, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service is 'pretty much there' in its year 2000 readiness efforts, said C. Vance Kauzlarich, DFAS' chief information officer.

Nonetheless, the Government Contracting Institute and several other organizations will hold a conference next week titled 'How to Get Paid on Time By the U.S. Government.' A press release about the conference advises vendors to get paid by the government by Dec. 24 to avoid being in 'payment purgatory' after Dec. 31 because of possible problems with DFAS systems.

'Bill Murray

Internet: bmurray@gcn.com

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