I use to make a remark from time to time – if an ordinary person would know in which condition is some (if not majority) of this country’s IT infrastructure of vital service providers (telecommunications, emergency) they’d never touch a phone. I’m not talking about what is happening in datacenters of some big-name corporations and numerous other smaller companies…
Well, no surprise that in the main office of this country apparently situation is not better by any means:
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. Laptops were scarce, assigned to only a few people in the West Wing. The team was left struggling to put closed captions on online videos.
One White House official, who arrived breathless yesterday after being held up at the exterior gate, found he had no computer or telephone number. Recently called back from overseas duty, he ended up using his foreign cellphone.
Another White House official whose transition cellphone was disconnected left a message temporarily referring callers to his wife’s phone.
Several people tried to route their e-mails through personal accounts.