Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Fiscal restraint?

We spent the better part of an hour this morning learning about some new equipment I will probably never use.

Apparently the powers that be deemed it necessary to spend more than $3,000 on a bunch of toys for the iPhone - and on a new iPhone - so we could do that to do "new media."

What a crock.

The first indication that this thing was not as user friendly as the purple Kool-Aid folks would like us to believe was that the dude demonstrating it couldn't get the iphone to fit into the mount.  Then the bracket he brought out to say "this is what you could mount a tripod on" didn't fit the bracket that was supposed to support the iPhone. And there are special cords - tiny, easily broken, cords - that you have to use to plug a microphone into the iPhone to record sound and to be able to hear the recording.   

And the bracket has a wide angle lens in it so that it can give your iPhone more reach.  Great.  Why not spend the money on a REAL camera? Of course, you can't tweet or twat or twiddle with a camera.  You can only take professional looking video. 

The emperor asked me if I was going to use this thing for my reports.  The answer was simple, and to the point:  "No."

And they wonder about fraud, waste, and abuse.  This thing is so complicated to use that you have to have a PhD from MIT to understand it.  And even then you would miss the thing you took it out for - covering the news. 

Why they bought this crap, I don't know.  They didn't ask those of us who might have to actually use the thing before they poured the taxpayers' dollars into it.  They just bought it and now they want us to risk losing a story because we didn't get step 156 of 237 right and the video didn't record.

Sorry, but no thanks.

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