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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Shoulda Boughta Mac

Why was the LAPD unable to free itself from the yoke of the consent decree? Blame it on software. At least, that's the explanation given to the Police Commission and the City Council's Public Safety Committee.

"Like all computer systems, it is taking two to three times as long as we expected and more money to implement," said computer consultant Gerald Chalef, of the "TEAMS II" software that is supposed to help the department identify problematic officers.

They might want to try a Mac and Filemaker Pro database software. Then again, buying software off-the-shelf doesn't really let you justify hiring consultants year after year. . . .

8 Comments:

Blogger Matt said:

Yeah, Filemaker. The secret engine of the Alger campaign :)

May 23, 2006 8:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maybe the city needs a new software contractor. Who the hell decided that we should use an archaic communications system (Novell GroupWise)? And for that matter, why hasn't ITA done a better job with the council offices than Contact Management? Yosu Armendi is a failure as a programmer. Why haven't we embraced open source yet?

Oh well, at least we're doing better than the state and their sweetheart deal with Oracle. Whoever made that deal happen laughed all the way to the bank, and is probably still laughing.

May 23, 2006 8:50 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

If he can take time away from playing professional football, perhaps the City Attorney should look at the consulting contracts and see if the City can sue for breach of contract. The amount of damages? How about the cost of complying with the consent decree?

Then again, if the City buys software the way most of us do, somebody just clicked "agree" on a screen without reading anything....

May 23, 2006 9:57 PM  

Blogger Laborthug said:

Matt:
Aside fro Alger's drive + energy...I like the guy even more because he's a filemaker guy.

FM 8.0?

May 23, 2006 10:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

BTW:
Apple has a special announcement on thursday.

May 23, 2006 10:33 PM  

Blogger Matt said:

Running 8v3 on this end... Someone shoot us over a grand for the purpose, and maybe we can get the server version. Can't hurt to dream, anyhow.

Walter's post hit close to home, because I tease others on the staff about PC unreliability a lot. After the primary's done, the Mac vs PC metaphor will come into play in the 38th in a big way...

May 23, 2006 11:28 PM  

Blogger Laborthug said:

The server version is HOT.
The Apple Store held FM nights throughout SoCal in November, they need to do it again.

May 23, 2006 11:59 PM  

Anonymous El Gringo said:

Is all of this necessary? After all the things that have been said and done, we need the police to do the dirty work of our society. Nothing bad on them, but they in essence work on picking up the crud of our society, the portion that does not comply. And as such, is forced to act with the means necessary to accomplish this task. Have you seen a parolee not comply with an officers oders? Its something that the parolee waits for, even trains in prison, just to say he beat the shit out of a cop. I tell ya friends, its a sad day in our times when the only line of defense is restrained from doing the job that nobody wants to do, out side of the wetback issue. My bady trembles at the thought of what will happen when the police is really hampered into submission.

May 24, 2006 5:26 PM  

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