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by: shawnlin January 22, 2009 12:54 PM PST

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by shawnlin - 1/22/09 12:54 PM

Obama staffers surprised at outdated computers and no IM...

http://i.gizmodo.com/5137030/obama-staffers-white-house-is-a-barbaric-technological-wasteland-without-im-or-macs
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Other brutal conditions include dated computer software and rules banning outside e-mail accounts (don't want another Sarah Palin mess, do we?). Obama spokesman Bill Burton said, "It is kind of like going from an Xbox to an Atari."
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Along with O. Thomas I say - "whine, whine, whine - you want cheese with that!?"
http://valleywag.gawker.com/5137084/technologys-white-house-of-horrors
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Those "six-year-old versions of Microsoft software"? That must mean Windows XP. If you haven't noticed, most people still prefer XP over Microsoft's clunky, buggy, annoying new Vista. Here's a suggestion for the Obamans: Stop whining about the tools taxpayers have paid for, and get to work learning how to cope with what your employer gives you, just like the rest of us.
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Please...we got to the Moon and back with slide rules, vacuum tubes, and basic transistors (see this gem for additional context: http://www.nasawatch.com/archives/2008/03/attention_gen_y.html#more).

Sure, it could be better, but consider this a way of, let's say, humbling any euphoria and adding a dose of pragmatism - it's a pretty good mix I think. Hey, you wanted the job, and I'm happy to pay my taxes for effective work. Save the country some money, get your upgrades happy

As far as not having laptops are concerned - may I remind you how much information on government laptops have gone missing over the last several years? And don't even get me started about security issues...

Thoughts?

Best,
Shalin

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