01.22.09

Virtual White House

Posted in Computers & Technology, Events, Life in general, Writers at 9:41 am by Marion

TECH THURSDAY

Today was going to feature a run-down of last year’s most exciting technology developments, and even a word or two about Steve Jobs’s health and Apple stock value.

But why look back when we can look forward?

So today, Tech Thursday looks at our new United States of Wireless.

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Our new president used instant messaging, email and texting to stay in touch and it’s rumored that he refused to part with his Blackberry. The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder reports that Mr. Obama’s new Crack … er … Blackberry will be highly encrypted and used only for private and personal messages. There will be no IM-ing, however.

Much is also being made about the new ethics commitment, which includes a commitment to greater transparency. That begins with a new White House Web site and a White House blog.

Not since I discovered His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Web site have I felt so privileged to have a computer.

Meanwhile, upon entering their new offices in the highest office of the most advanced, wealthiest country in the history of mankind, Obama staffers found their computers running six-year old versions of Microsoft, without updates, with no possibility for updates, no email addresses, dead phone lines and no voice mail. They’re calling it the Tech Dark Ages.

Nice to know that we’re all in the same boat sometimes.

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