I checked my government computer which I was glad to see does have "Pentium Inside." It also had a 3.5 floppy portal so that may come in handy. I looked closely to find it was manufactured in 2007 which isn't as bad as I thought it might have been. Of course, I have worn out one, almost two personal laptops and bought a smartphone just for myself since then - the feds do not even give me a cell-phone for work.
Probably because we are a national office, our server is located in Reston, Virginia which is convenient (I'm lapsing into sarcasm I hope you've noticed). Our IT staff is in DC, or maybe some are in Denver, but we have found some work-around arrangements with the BOR IT people (don't tell DC!)
I had another IT experience this week in completing my annual training to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse to get my commuter transit subsidy renewed. I had to take a little training course and then pass a test of 16 questions which were pretty easy, but still, I had to figure out another password (I know, some say to just keep using the same one for everything but some require just numbers, some are letters and numbers with no special characters, some require special characters, some prohibit special characters, and then they require you to change them on a regular basis at different times). Then I had to fill out two forms and have my boss sign and hand them to our Office Manager who sent me an email that there was one more form I needed to fill out. The transit subsidy program is to help us commute because we don't have parking and to cut down on federal impacts of traffic and pollution. Maybe that's socialism, I dunno. But we have to have the training so we can certify to Congress that we train to avoid fraud, waste, and abuse. (This is still the sarcastic part.)
Somehow, the government still seems to work and the people's business moves forward (ever been water-skiing on Jordanelle? Ever drink any water in Utah? Just sayin').
And I sure wish they would get that ACA website up and running soon. It's embarrassing! I don't think it's the end of the world, though. Do you know how many people signed up for Romneycare in Massachusetts in its first month? A whopping hundred-twenty-three (123). This is according to a cool chart from Ezra "Wonk" Klein:
Yes, it's human nature to procrastinate until the deadline or even after. I just hope the world doesn't end first. (sarcasm.)