Obama staffers, previously residents of a magical technological world filled with IM, Facebook, unicorns and Macs, found a barbaric Stone Age when they entered the White House: No IM, scarce laptops, and dear Christ, Windows XP.
Other brutal conditions include dated computer software and rules banning outside e-mail accounts (don't want another Sarah Palin mess, do we?).
the conditions there really are brutal for the work they're trying to accomplish, and the new ways they're trying to accomplish it, if you think about it.
This is what happens when you expect a Mac user to actually do something with a computer besides Safari. But what do I know, I'm just an IT Sisyphus with a plan 9 fetish, not the president's facebook technician.