[Rep. Darrell] Issa [R-CA] stated unequivocally that [White House CIO Theresa] Payton’s testimony confirmed that the missing communications were not the result of deliberate malfeasance by the White House or negligence by the administration’s technology staff, but simply a computer glitch that ensued when the White House wanted to phase out an archaic email program.
In an exchange with Payton, Issa characterized Lotus Notes as “wagon-wheel” technology.
“I wouldn’t want to do business with somebody still using Lotus Notes or still using wooden wagon wheels,” Issa responded. “If I understand correctly, though, certainly I checked with the House of Representatives, we can no longer support it for members who want to stay on it.”
The Kos diarist (markthshark) comments:
Now, for middle-aged computer geeks, comparing Lotus Notes to “wagon wheel” technology is analogous to comparing a brand spanking new Dell XPS 630 Desktop to a 1970’s era Commodore PET (Personal Electronic Transactor).
The excuse is laughable. (to be kind)
I’ll grant him that the excuse is indeed laughable, but as a middle-aged computer geek who is forced to use Lotus Notes at work, I can assure you, I’d much rather deal with wagon wheels: at least you can see them move once in a while.