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How crappy computers created a technological revolution in the White House

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After coming face to face with outdated equipment, and dealing with some lengthy email outages, the President's chief information officer Brook Colangelo made it his responsibility to bring the White House into the 21st Century

President Obama
President Obama

For a guy who doesn't keep a computer on his desk for security reasons, Barack Obama is fairly bullish on the use of technology. But if you're wondering why the previous few administrations didn't get the memo on the rise of the digital age, it might have been because their email was down.

In an interview with Computerworld, the President's Chief Information Officer Brook Colangelo explained that the White House's IT situation was in pretty rough shape when Obama entered the Oval Office back in 2009. Outdated computers (with floppy drives!) and no network redundancy were just the tip of the iceberg for his technology woes. You can read about how Colangelo's harrowing first 40 days on job spurred a technological revolution at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue at the source link below.