The New Keyboard "W" Fiasco?
I was thinking about Lambert's post on old computers in the White House and it reminded me of the brouhaha over the keyboards and what not during the Clinton-Bush transition. Here's the Froomkin quote he uses:
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.
Seriously, Froomkin could get paid from Apple* for this story.
Call me crazy, but 6 year old Microsoft software is, what, Office 2003? Real bummer man, having to use Office 2003. Silly ol' me, I'm using Office 2003 (when I'm not using Open Office), I mustn't be capable of anything. And pardon me for not being moved by people in a new work environment not sitting down and not immediately knowing which computer is for what purpose. I had people who were in my lab who didn't know what my Linux computer in the back room was for even though they had been in the lab for a long time.
The only thing I get from these transition stories is another parallel to the way in which the Bush team transitioned into power. I hope the similarities end here.
* I'm happy if Mac users want to buy into that hip and trendy stuff, but please don't act like Apple is less evil. The originally closed nature of Apple hardware is more evil than Microsoft. At least with the latter you were able to buy your choice of mouse from any number of companies.