Air Force goes small for big PC upgrade

Tinker Air Force Base is setting up its mechanics with new Gateway PCs.

The Air Logistics Center at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., has set a goal of installing 1,400 small-format PCs at 17 buildings by 2006.

So far, the logistics center has spent about $700,000 buying 230 machines from Gateway Inc. The center this month received its latest shipment of 125 Profile 4L Deluxe PCs.

The project began in 2000 with a purchase of 13 Gateway Profile PCs. Subsequently the center made the small PC'both the Profile 4L and the Profile 4LS'its standard form factor for mechanics as well as administrators.

Base officials expect to spend an additional $1.8 million on the PCs over the next three years.
'We're trying to get on a one-to-one basis at all our workbenches,' said Daniel J. Crowe, a computer specialist at Tinker. 'One mechanic, one computer.'

The Profile 4Ls integrate the PC guts and 15-inch LCD in a single piece. They are easier to fix and fit into crowded workspaces, Crowe said, which is important 'because a mechanic's bench is only five feet across.'

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