While President Barack Obama may seem extremely tech-savvy, he and his team at the White House have been running the country on fairly antiquated tech.
Between black-and-white printers, clunky laptops, old desktop phones from the Clinton-era, and years and years of cables left cut off in the walls, the White House has finally finished a massive technical overhaul, according the New York Times.
But we’re not talking about a futuristic upgrade, by any means.
The overhaul (which was led by David Recordon, who oversaw the Facebook office’s tech) includes the introduction of more slimmer laptops with SSDs and "modern" processors, digital desktop phones, aides carrying iPhone and color printers that can also handle double-sided printing.
The White House has now also implemented a better security system for managing visitors and staff that involves chip-based card system and passcodes instead of just passwords.
Recordon and his team of technicians also found and removed an astonishing 13,000 pounds of cables that had been left in the walls of the White House over the years, abandoned without a purpose.
With the massive amounts of cabling removed, a better Wi-Fi infrastructure could be installed.
Welcome to the new century
While these tech upgrades may not seem impressive (after all, you probably have better tech in your home right now), it has been quite a feat for the White House.
The infrastructure for the White House is overseen by four different bodies, including the Executive Office of the President, the National Security Council, the Secret Service and the White House Communications Agency, making any wide-scale changes more than a little complicated.
Though things had been upgrade over the years, it was always done in smalls bits and pieces, either in just individual rooms or for a particular system only (which is undoubtedly what created the mass grave of cables).
But then in 2015, President Obama developed the United States Digital Service, which made the full-scale overhaul easier to put into place.
All up, the big upgrade took about two years to complete, and didn’t cost anything extra than what was already allocated to the different agencies involved.