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University of Missouri-Columbia   Extension Technology and Computer Services—ETCS

October 1999
Vol. 16, No. 8

A Technology Newsletter for Extension Specialists



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Computers for $500!!??
by Joe Lear

Is your YEA, NEA, or secretary still using a 486 for their computer? Would you like to give them a computer comparable in power to the Dell's, but you don't have a lot of additional funds in the budget?

No Problem! We recently discovered machines that provide computer power close to the Dells we set up for every field staff in the state for around $510. These machines are manufactured by Compaq, and can give staff in an office still using 486 machines a significant boost in their computing power and productivity.

The Compaq machines have Cyrix processors running at 250 MHz, 64 MB of RAM, 4.0 GB hard drive, 56Kb modem, USB ports and sound card. To make these machines work in the network situation, we can exchange the network card from the old 486 to the Compaq or a new network card can be purchased for less than $20 dollars. The computer also comes with a keyboard and mouse, but does not come with a monitor or speakers. You can use the monitor and speakers from the old 486 if needed.

When you purchase the computer, we will also transfer the data from the machine and install the latest standard supported software on the machine. This will allow all staff to use the same software to share data and work more efficiently.

We have recently placed two of these machines in the field and so far they are performing well. If you would like to order the Compaq computers, send an e-mail message to that effect to ETCS. If you have any questions about these new computers before ordering, do not hesitate to e-mail me or give me a call.



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