We can't help but feel concerned that Barack Obama, the most technologically-connected President ever, faces an out-of-date, inefficient technological platform. According to news accounts the executive branch's computer and technology equipment is a "jumble of disconnected phone lines, old computer software, and security regulations forbidding outside e-mail accounts." Sounds like a mess. In fact, writes Washington Post reporter Anne Komblut, Obama's media team, who were accustomed to working on Macintoshes, "found computers outfitted with six-year-old versions of Microsoft software. Laptops were scarce, assigned to only a few people in the West Wing."
We know our books could help Barack and his staff sort out the wiring, upgrade the software, and create secure networks. That's why we want to send the new White House staff a box of O'Reilly books. And we want your input. We think they need Security Power Tools, Network Warrior, Web Security Testing Cookbook, Facebook: The Missing Manual, Essential System Administration, and Asterisk: The Future of Telephony.
But we're sure they could use some more. Tell us which O'Reilly books you think we should send the Barack and his White House team--and why. We'll get them delivered--and soon.