Good Money After Bad

The US Internal Revenue Service is spending good money after bad on that other OS. “According to the IRS, it has approximately 110,000 Windows-powered desktops and notebooks. Of those, 52,000, or about 47%, have been upgraded to Windows 7. The remainder continue to run the aged, now retired, XP.” If it ever was a good idea to have used XP in the first place (BSODS, re-re-reboots, waves of malware…) it certainly isn’t in the best interests of the taxpayers of USA to take another step on the Wintel treadmill ensuring an infinite future sum of payments far above market cost (GNU/Linux: $0 per copy and $0 to upgrade each copy, forever). What are they thinking? That no one was ever fired for choosing M$? That M$ is essential to get PCs to do what PCs are capable of doing? Wrong on all counts.

Get with it, IRS. Brazil, Russia, China and India are way ahead of you in choosing Free Software to get the job done.

See IRS Misses XP Deadline Pays Microsoft millions for patches.

To find multiple sources of better and cheaper software, check out the more popular distributions of Free Software on Distrowatch.com. I recommend Debian GNU/Linux for general desktop and server computing.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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9 Responses to Good Money After Bad

  1. dougman says:

    Hmmm.. wolfie purports to understand politics in U.S., maybe he should focus on the bankruptcy of the U.K. instead.

    Regarding the shut down, the debt limit is the total amount of money that the U.S. government is authorized to borrow to meet its existing obligations. Currently congress refuses to address the problem as there would be much pain in doing so, however the longer you delay such the longer the recovery period.

    Per Laurence J. Kotlikoff, who served as a senior economist on President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers, the official debt is some ~$17T USD, with a fiscal gap of some ~$211T USD.

    “If you add up all the promises that have been made for spending obligations, including defense expenditures, and you subtract all the taxes that we expect to collect, the difference is $211 trillion. That’s the fiscal gap,” he says. “That’s our true indebtedness.”

    As it stands the U.S. is currently bankrupt, the QE “money printing” done by the FED is what is keeping the country afloat.

  2. oiaohm says:

    wolfgang you cannot raise the debt limit for ever. Sooner or latter creditors will want their money back.

  3. wolfgang says:

    …government shut down…

    but not because of wringing pennies from budget, but due to stingy tea party refusing to raise debt limit. got nothing to do with pennies or dollars or even budget. not anything to do with XP on pc at irs either.

  4. wolfgang wrote, “more efficient IRS not high on American shopping list”.

    I guess that’s why they didn’t shut down the government last year, trying to wring the last pennies from the budget… Oops! They did shut it down…

  5. wolfgang says:

    …very interesting…

    pogson live in Canada so maybe not understand so well. more efficient IRS not high on American shopping list. Idea of imitating brazil, china, india, or russkie not big hit here either. maybe pogson should subscribe to people magazine to see what make America go.

  6. dougman says:

    This will never change, been going on since forever.

    http://fcw.com/articles/1999/03/07/outdated-computers-plague-irs.aspxirs old computer

    Check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WePY7OhZNOY

    Those mainframes are still in use this day!

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