Offices to Begin Receiving New Computers Next Week

Offices to Begin Receiving New Computers Next Week

Distribution phase is expected to continue through December

By Stephen Gawlik
Staff Writer

The first of some 3,000 new computers are expected to arrive next week in Boston College offices as the Information Technology initiative Desktop 2003 begins its latest phase.

Bapst Library, Burns Library and the Academic Development Center will receive their new machines starting on Tuesday, Nov. 19, with other administrative, staff and faculty offices slated to follow suit during the next several weeks.

"Desktop 2003 is moving along and we're on schedule thanks to a lot of support and cooperation from the BC community" said Information Technology Director Mary Corcoran. "We're asking that anyone who has not done so to please look at the Desktop 2003 Web site [] to educate themselves about this important project and how it effects them."

While the official delivery date is Nov. 19, Corcoran noted, some computers have already been delivered to the Law School, Carroll School of Management and departments reporting to the Financial Vice President. Orders for academic departments must be placed before Nov. 23 for systems to be delivered in December, she said.

The majority of administrative users will continue using the Windows platform on a Dell machine, while full-time faculty will have a choice of a Dell or Apple desktop or notebook computer.

An important part of Desktop 2003, say administrators, is the on-line survey all users are required to fill out, so as to enable Information Technology to meet offices' computing needs. The deadline for the completion of the survey is tomorrow, Nov. 15. To see the survey, go to

The arrival of new machines coincides with the introduction of new e-mail client programs for some users. Those who use the Simeon e-mail program must switch to another University-supported program, as Simeon's maker no longer supports the product on the latest operating systems. For more information on the new e-mail clients, as well as installation procedures, see

Administrators also recommend that all users look at the Desktop 2003 Web site for a checklist of tasks, such as moving files, bookmarks and address books, that should be accomplished before new computers arrive.


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