Obama Staff Arrives to White House Stuck in Dark Ages of Technology - washingtonpost.com "It is kind of like going from an Xbox to an Atari," Obama spokesman Bill Burton said of his new digs. One member of the White House new-media team came to work on Tuesday, right after the swearing-in ceremony, only to discover that it was impossible to know which programs could be updated, or even which computers could be used for which purposes. The team members, 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. The team was left struggling to put closed captions on online videos. But there were no missing letters from the computer keyboards, as Bush officials had complained of during their transition in 2001. "