those 2011 computers are pretty good, twice as powerful as my laptop.... I would definitely think about (if i get in the CGA) to later getting a duel screen.... my bro, andy, down in Arlington got one for work and it is very helpful
also, i do hope they stick with windows xp, windows vista is very poor to work with and use
dang dude, you need a new computer, go buy a laptop at circuit city for like 400 bucks and it would be better than what you have. Although, my favorite computer was when I had a 386(Yay DOS!)
I do have stronger words for windows vista, but I don't think I'm allowed to write them..... My brother andrew(andy) is a computer science major and he uses linux for work(DOD, all I know) and home. He says its just easier to use, and less trouble with bugs etc. when programming.
hornetguy, I'm guessing all of the computers they use now have fingerprint readers?
Camera or Computer? Big answer yes to both, but you will not have access to them until after Acceptance day in August. The Academy will issue you a laptop with all the required software and access to their network. I have been told some cadets have chosen to use a personal computer, but it will have to be used under the guidelines and restrictions set up by the Comm Sq. Just use their computer it will make life much easier.
Cameras a little different they aren't giving you one so bring or have your own sent to you after A-Day.
As an AD guy I can say that Vista is going to be pushed very soon but that Linux is an option in some situations. I am not sure how much translates from where I worked to the Academy but I do know that DoD wide they are implementing version control by imaging all computers the same. This is known as the SDC or standard desktop configuration.
I imagine that the laptops would at least start SDC compliant [cadet input?]. Current standards allow for continued use of up to two versions earlier so that older computers have time to be refreshed which means that you may luck out and get the oldest version of XP and be able to hang on to it until the next version of windows comes out.
Oh and please use the term CAC not CAC card. It stands for common access card so putting the extra "card" on the end is redundant. Comm guys hate it.