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Homeland Insecurity

In a move which brings a whole new meaning to the “Blue Screen of Death”, the Department of Homeland Security has awarded a $90 Million contract to Microsoft to provide the desktop and server software for about 140,000 computers inside the organization.

I would normally use profanity here, but I think I’m too stunned by the complete ignorance this decision displays.

Tom Ridge and Co. certainly had other options, and I think we all know that bad things are likely to happen because of this.

Others have mentioned moving to another country as a safety measure — I vote for Northern Ireland, at least it’s safe there…

This item was posted by Dan Rubin on Thursday, July 17th, 2003.


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2 comments on “Homeland Insecurity”

  1. Posted by afrael on Thursday, July 17th, 2003.

    I don’t understand the Goverment. I mean, is it the same Ms sued for monopoly and the same Ms that realeses patches every other day, oh well, Zeldman said it best…

  2. Posted by Sunny on Thursday, July 17th, 2003.

    really the only other alternative was linux. i dont think macs are cost effective enough (albeit being solid performers) to be considered a choice in this specific arena.

    i wonder why they didnt use linux. it would have been a cost effective solution that would make more sense given the economic conditions. also it would have been a significant boost to open source initiatives.

    one thing thats really obvious is that Microsoft has quickly learned the political game. before the anti-trust suit, microsoft was nowhere in the washington radar. now they are obviously very much in the business.