bmPeople still running a Windows system in the home will probably be able to appreciate the almost full time job of securing it against the latest malware, fixing nonsensical bugs which suddenly appear for no reasons and creating their own imaginative workarounds just to get the desktop functioning.  For the home user this may be seen as run-of-the-mill home computing, but put the same issues into government systems where your tax money goes and the problem becomes less of an annoyance and more a costly exercise – at your expense.

There’s an interesting article over on V3 which highlights that government computing bills on a per machine basis are around £6000 per year.  And keep in mind this apparently isn’t for state of the art systems, this is for Windows XP.

Aside from the huge waste in productivity outlined by Kelly, the government seems to be throwing huge amounts down the drain maintaining this outdated kit. The COO said he thought the cost of a single desktop PC was around £6,000 per year – for which he could go and buy 10 Apple iPads.

Source: V3

Now user’s of Windows can appreciate that boot up (and shut down) can take a long time.  Here’s your Government (in the UK)

“I came into the office and I pressed my PC and it took me seven minutes to boot up,” he told attendees. “That’s government in the old world, that’s three days of the year I waste of my time booting up.”

So as well as pouring money down the drain keeping these Windows systems functioning, we also find out that its taking time away from workers.

I could be sarcastic here and make reference to our government and it’s slow-time productivity, but that an wait for another day because it detracts from a series issue of tax payers money – Tax payers money in a time when vital public services are being cut to save money.

It’s little wonder that home users are looking for change, I wonder when the government and industry will do the same?


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