Leading the public-service pack

You know the slogan: “Don’t mess with Texas.” And that goes for you, too, Microsoft:

[A rider] in the proposed two-year, $182.2 billion state budget — expected to be taken up Wednesday by the Texas Senate — would require state agencies to get written approval from the Legislative Budget Board before buying Vista technology related to an operating system, equipment or licenses.

Sen. Juan Hinojosa, D-McAllen, added the provision in committee and said it’s meant to block purchases of the technology, which has been targeted by criticism: “Don’t buy it, because it’s not worth it.”

Hinojosa, Senate Finance Committee vice chairman, said, “We have a lot of problems with the Vista program. It had a lot of bugs. It takes up a lot of memory. It’s not compatible with other equipment, and it’s supposed to be an upgrade from the XP program that is being used by state agencies, and it’s not.”

We were unable to confirm the rumor that the Alamo has gone Macintosh.

(Via the Consumerist.)


  1. Kay Dennison »

    1 April 2009 · 11:02 pm

    Vista is a complete waste. I got stuck with it because I (idiot girl) bought a Dell. (Talk about an embarassing public confession!) Trust me when I tell you that it won’t happen again. I wish there was a class action suit against Microsoft and/or Dell for foisting this travesty upon us.

  2. McGehee »

    2 April 2009 · 9:25 am

    Embarrassing perhaps, Kay — but hardly the most embarrassing thing anyone has ever confessed here. ;-)

  3. T Town Tommy »

    4 April 2009 · 3:47 pm

    I have had almost no problems with Vista and Windows 7 will be out shortly anyway so the proposal will be outdated before the ink dries to pass it.

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