Is DC government services’ technological capability from aprox 1987?

Photo courtesy of Newsum Antiques
courtesy of Newsum Antiques

If you’ve finished laughing from Ron Linton’s assertion that the Taxicab Commission can’t just put up these documents in online places for folks to view because they can’t find the storage space for them, here’s another one: the DC police won’t release the 911 call from the FRC shooting because they don’t “have the technological capabilities to modify the audio recording” necessary to provide the caller sufficient anonymity.

Let me help you out, aspiring DC government audio engineers. Since you don’t want to google “free audio editing software” I’ll just suggest you use Audacity. It’s free and runs on Windows and Mac computers and has existed for a decade or so. You’ll need a machine running at least Windows XP or 2000 – I’m assuming that you’re a mostly Windows operation – which means you need to sift through your hardware and only use stuff from the last 11 years. I bet there’s one or two around.

Now, if you really mean that you just don’t want to, despite your repeated claims that locking us all out of the radio systems won’t be an issue because you’re going to keep us all informed and stick to your quality past of openness and legal honor, well, that’s a little more believable.

By the way Mr Linton: if you can’t find the amount of storage space for your various proposals on DC servers (you know, the amount that sells for about $5 in blister packs at the checkout aisle of Best Buy) then you could try something like Scribd. They seem willing to host other DC government generated documents but perhaps you don’t like the company they’d keep, like this one about how people rank DC taxi service fair or poor (78%) and worse than other cities (69%).

Or maybe Mary Cheh could change her baffled acceptance of that nonsense excuse to a suggestion of using Scribd, given that it’s her office that uploaded the above document…

Well I used to say something in my profile about not quite being a “tinker, tailor, soldier, or spy” but Tom stole that for our about us page, so I guess I’ll have to find another way to express that I am a man of many interests.

Hmm, guess I just did.

My tastes run the gamut from sophomoric to Shakespeare and in my “professional” life I’ve sold things, served beer, written software, and carried heavy objects… sometimes at the same place. It’s that range of loves and activities that makes it so easy for me to love DC – we’ve got it all.


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