President won’t be IMing

So I read today that it is likely that when Mr Obama takes office he will have to surrender his Blackberry and is unlikely to even get a PC to use. Huh? The (supposedly) most powerful man in the world and he won’t be able to Google!

Now I can understand that the office requires that all communications be recorded for posterity or something, but does that have to include everything? What if his daughter wants to IM him about what is for dinner? Hardly of national importance and fit to record.

The reasons given sighted the need to protect against security invasions. Kind of troubling to think that even with all the resources available to him, they think that they can’t get a really good firewall up! Even if this is a concern, why not let him have a PC that is not connected to any other network so he can surf – and more importantly – keep up with all data sources for news and opinion? I would think that having access to as much information as possible would be of just as much national importance as securing him from virus’s.

If everything needs to be recorded – well isn’t that what back-up and fail-over servers do?

So instead of having a nice quick game of Solitaire to refresh his poor overworked braincells he will need to get out a real pack of cards. Will the security services have analyzed each of those card to make sure there are no hidden threats on them???


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