[LINK] The White House IT -- a joke!

Scott Howard scott at doc.net.au
Fri Jan 23 03:30:01 AEDT 2009

Can you imagine any "company" where one day most of the staff leave, and the
next day an entirely new batch of staff come in to start working?  That's
pretty much what has happened, and it's hardly surprising that things didn't
"just work".

As for "six-year-old versions of Microsoft software", at a guess I'd say
this would referring to either Windows Server 2003 or Office 2003 - both of
which are still by far the most common versions of these programs, and
exactly what you'd expect given the above scenario.  They can't be referring
to Windows XP - it's closer to 8 years old...


On Thu, Jan 22, 2009 at 5:09 AM, Jan Whitaker <jwhit at janwhitaker.com> wrote:

> One member of the White House's new media team came to work 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, accustomed to
> working on Macintosh computers, found machines outfitted with
> six-year-old versions of Microsoft software. Laptops were scarce,
> assigned to only a few people in the West Wing.
> [more]
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