Friday, January 23, 2009

Chisels and Stone Tablets

That is what White House staffers have been using to send memos back and forth for the last 200 years. Ok, maybe it isn't quite as bad as that, but the technology in the White House is back in the stone ages.

The Washington Post put out an interesting article about what new White House staffers have encountered. A spokesperson for the administration said, "It is kind of like going from Xbox to an Atari."

It sounds like staffers found old computers. Found software that was 6 years out of date. Some didn't have working telephones. The list goes on and on. I can understand the phone situtation, but the software being out of date? Come on! Although, you could make an argument for the cost of keeping software and computers up to date.

I am sure we all have issues like this at work. Outdated computers/software. Companies around the world spend billions of dollars a year buying new computers and updating software. It is the cost of business and if you think about it, the White House and the US Government is the biggest business in the United States.

Now where do they come up with the money? Good question!

We are citizens in a true global community. We (especially the US government) need to be able to use all the communications technology at our disposal. That is what the internet is based on. Being able to communicate.

What are your thoughts?

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