The City & Guilds have a new Computer, yes after a war of words with ICU, where the mighty ICU crumbled and ordered a computer for the Guilds office in Room 340. Mechanical Engineering. The City & Guilds office is slowly becoming a rival to SAC in the east basement of Beit Quad. With various clubs and departmental societies making regular use of the computing and printing facilities the need for a decent computer was desperately needed.
The City & Guilds is given a rolling replacement by the ICU every so often, but the last time we were fogged off with a crappy one from Aeronautical Engineering. This computer is a HP Compaq dc7100 series with 2.8GHz Pentium 4, with 512 MB of RAM and a 17" TFT display. The machine is running Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2 and the new look CGCU web site, ironically the work of a Physical Scientist, sets it off perfectly.
The computer was promised a long time ago, and the ETA was quoted as 9 months, this was apparently due to ICT switching their preferred supplier to HP, rather than Dell, and HP having problems on their supply chain.
Well, a new computer has unleashed a new stream of life into Room 340, Mechanical Engineering, with one and all falling over to use the machine. Its a shame then that it is still a PC and not a Mac.