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T.J. Martin, a contractor working for Computer Science Corp. in Naples, Italy, peeks through a pair of high-tech binoculars sold by New York-based B&H Photo-Video- Pro Audio during the Technology Expo at the Capodichino base of Naval Support Activity Naples.

T.J. Martin, a contractor working for Computer Science Corp. in Naples, Italy, peeks through a pair of high-tech binoculars sold by New York-based B&H Photo-Video- Pro Audio during the Technology Expo at the Capodichino base of Naval Support Activity Naples. (Sandra Jontz / S&S)

T.J. Martin, a contractor working for Computer Science Corp. in Naples, Italy, peeks through a pair of high-tech binoculars sold by New York-based B&H Photo-Video- Pro Audio during the Technology Expo at the Capodichino base of Naval Support Activity Naples.

T.J. Martin, a contractor working for Computer Science Corp. in Naples, Italy, peeks through a pair of high-tech binoculars sold by New York-based B&H Photo-Video- Pro Audio during the Technology Expo at the Capodichino base of Naval Support Activity Naples. (Sandra Jontz / S&S)

Marco Menafro, left, and Sonia Vacchiano, safety technicians at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Naples, Italy, get information on the technology of the multiservice Lexmark printer, copier and scanner from Roy Castor during the Technology Expo.

Marco Menafro, left, and Sonia Vacchiano, safety technicians at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Naples, Italy, get information on the technology of the multiservice Lexmark printer, copier and scanner from Roy Castor during the Technology Expo. (Sandra Jontz / S&S)

NAPLES, Italy — Petty Officer 1st Class Kris Stanton felt he was window-shopping for the unattainable Tuesday as he meandered around vendors hawking wares at Naples’ annual technology expo.

“It’s like walking to the Ferrari dealership and staying just outside the window so your wife doesn’t get mad,” he joked. But laughs aside, the 33-year-old network manager for the Personnel Support Detachment at the Navy base in Naples left the expo disappointed by the selection of vendors — or rather, the lack thereof, he said.

Instead of displays of cutting-edge products for personal use, from laptop computers to printers, the expo instead featured mostly big-ticket items geared toward work-related environments that would require “big” Navy officials to sign off on purchases, he said.

Vendor B&H Photo-Video-Pro Audio showcased several items for personal and professional use, such as varieties of professional and point-and-shoot still photography cameras and binoculars — a showcase that piqued the interest of T.J. Martin, a contractor for Computer Science Corp. who is doing work for Naples’ Naval Computer and Telecommunication Station.

“I’m a big hunter,” he said after peering through a pair of binoculars. But the civilian computer technician had ulterior motives for attending — checking out competitors’ wares, and seeing what might be compatible with computer and network systems the Navy already employs, he said.

The two-day expo, held Monday and Tuesday in the former Ciao Hall dining facility on the Capodichino base, featured merchandise from 17 vendors, from those providing wireless networks computer systems and satellite communications, to universities offering computer and telecommunications classes.

Marco Menafro and Sonia Vacchiano, safety technicians at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Naples, were intrigued by the multiservice Lexmark gadget that prints, copies and scans documents.

After vendor Roy Castor rattled off its features, Vacchiano quipped: “Does it make coffee too?”

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