OLYMPIA — After years, possibly even decades of delays and setbacks, the Washington State Department of Licensing finally got around last weekend to replacing that old computer installed way back in December of 1972.
While the venerable Tektronix 4010 may have been state of the art when the department originally purchased it, many say the time for an upgrade is long overdue.
“With all the advancements in tech over the last four and a half decades, it just made sense to pull the trigger,” said DOL director Pat Kohler. “Of course we didn’t want to rush things, but when the time is right, it’s right, you know.”
With many of the original supporting staff members either retired or dead, Kohler conceded maintenance has proven problematic.
“We were calling former support staff living in nursing homes. And you know all those jokes about older citizens and computers? Yeah, let’s not even go there.”
Kohler went on to indicate the agency’s rotary phones were also due for replacement, probably within the next several years or so.