USC’s Dell Optiplex 320 is alive!

It’s either someone from the ITC deparment read my previous blog entry or it just coincided with the completion of the job order but what’s important is that the USC’s new Dell Optiplex 320 desktop workstation is now live and running complete with the softwares we need to carry on our duties and tasks.

At around 3pm the wonderful technicians from the ITC dropped by the USC office and configured the new workstation so that we could start using it. And use it we will. The standard implements of software suites and packages to get our workflow moving are:

  • Microsoft Office 2003
  • Adobe PageMaker 7.0
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (I forgot which version)
  • WinZip
  • Adobe Photoshop 7
  • TrendMicro Office Scan

and a host of other programs that comes standard with any Windows XP Professional installation. Internet Explorer is a given, but much to my delight, Mozilla Firefox was installed! It’s not the newest version but hey, at least we have a great alternative to IE.

it's alive!Though we wished for the latest versions of our much needed softwares and programs like Photoshop CS, MS Office XP or OpenOffice, WinRAR, and AVG were installed we were still so much greatful that the new workstation is now finally up and running.

I was among the first to use the new computer and it’s been so long since I last felt the blazing speed and responsiveness of using a totally brand new computer. Photoshop was up and running in less than 15 seconds!! It even loaded a 30 MB PSD file which was the tarpaulin design for one of our upcoming events. The Dell Optiplex 320 handled the file and all the abuses I could throw at it like I was only playing around with MS Paint.

The impressive initial run of the new PC made me even more curious about its true technical specifications, as Jaypee commented a post ago, “Is 256MB of RAM enough?”

So right-clicked on the My Computer icon and took a peek at what’s running under the hood, or rather inside the black mid-tower casing. The specs were quite impressive:

Intel Pentium D @ 3.0Ghz
480MB of RAM
80GB of hard drive space divided into two-40GB hard drives

We’re confident now that the new workstation is alive, more and more tasks would be done quickly and efficiently. Already, the publication team put the new machine to good use as they continued to work on the layout of the USC’s official paper, PERIODICO, and that’s just the beginning of the good things to come.

So once more, tons of thanks to the ITC for finally answering our call and helping the USC in better serving the students of DLSU-D.

Note: I did not write this entry using the new USC computer, personal stuff like blogging is strongly prohibited inside the USC office. :mrgreen:

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