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Bush’s White House computers: stuck in the 90’s

by justin on January 22, 2009 · 0 comments

Obama Staff Arrives to White House Stuck in Dark Ages of Technology – washingtonpost.com

One member of the White House new-media team came to work on Tuesday, right after the swearing-in ceremony, only to discover that it was impossible to know which programs could be updated, or even which computers could be used for which purposes. The team members, accustomed to working on Macintoshes, found computers outfitted with six-year-old versions of Microsoft software. Laptops were scarce, assigned to only a few people in the West Wing. The team was left struggling to put closed captions on online videos.

It’s shockingly predictable… and infinitely sad that Bush’s White House was technologically inept. It’s just another example of how Bush’s Administration didn’t get it.

My favorite quote from this article from Obama spokesman: “It’s kind of like going from an Xbox to an Atari”.

Oh man, this is when I wish I did Mac support in DC… hire me, Obama!

justin

PS: The Mac news media has picked up this story and we’re all rooting that the White House IT department will approve Macintosh computers soon!

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