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Let this not be a picture of the future of IT

The White House offered a live Internet stream of of a presentation on transforming federal IT. The event was running smoothly, provoking a lively discussion on a Facebook page set up for that purpose, when suddenly the screen went blank and silent..

And stayed blank and silent.

For more than 10 minutes.

“Hopefully this isn’t the future of ‘transforming technology’ = no screen, no sound?” wrote Miranda Leigh on Facebook during the outage.

Posted by Matthew Weigelt on Apr 27, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Reader Comments

Tue, Jun 14, 2011

Federal employees are unhappy?! Who are YOU kidding?! I would LOVE to be an entrenched federal employee with a big fat pension and a wonderful health insurance program. In fact, I'm going to start applying for some federal jobs!

Mon, May 2, 2011

Thank M$ for the screen loss!

Mon, May 2, 2011

This presentation was probably happening on cloud technology...

Thu, Apr 28, 2011 Fred the Fed (contractor)

I thought it was a planned demo of the value of Federal IT. What you (don't) see is what you get. The OMB crowd is uber heavy on PR, etc., but most of its "initiatives," like consolidating data centers, are 20 year old ideas. Crude, no need for innovation, no need for contractors. All of this is rather good. Contractors are not happy, but such is life. Federal employees are, by definition, unhappy.

Thu, Apr 28, 2011

Applying the logic of the White House cybersecurity official who feels that cyberattacks are the "cost of doing business", maybe this is as well.

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