Obama Spokeman Calls Outdated White House Tech Like Going From "Xbox to an Atari"


Posted January 22, 2009 - By bleahy

Obama's Web 2.0 administration might be getting a downgrade as the new President's staff moved into the White House only to find outdated technology.

Bill Burton, an Obama spokesman, said it was like going "from an Xbox to an Atari," which I guess means that the White House is rendered in 2D and only has one button... Also, the White House is totally an Xbot.

The President's staff, used to working on Macs, found six year-old Microsoft software waiting for them. That is at least after Windows Me, which would have explained so much about the Bush presidency. They also found laptops to be short in supply and are finding themselves less mobile than they'd like.

Part of the reason for the old technology is to ensure that everything done by the President and his staff is preserved under the Presidential Records Act.

I think this just exemplifies a problem with the government as a whole. The private sector has updated its computers as the technology has improved, but the government is still lagging behind. They still use paper. PAPER! Part of Obama's plan is to modernize the government and speed up processes that waste money. Let's hope he can do that while still adhering to the laws and regulations in place. This would also involve training a lot of government employees on new systems, which will end up costing a lot of money.

They probably can't even run Crysis.

For more stories about some of the people running the country not being given a phone in their new office, check out the full story here.

Obama Spokeman Calls Outdated White House Tech Like Going From "Xbox to an Atari"


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