"We've been down for three days," said one secondary school principal, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of concern that his comments could get him into trouble. "I've sent my attendance counselor down to the central office to see if she could input today's attendance. She said they couldn't do anything."And here's a bit of weirdness:
In an internal memo dated yesterday, D.C. schools Chief Information Officer Gregory Barlow criticized the way the computer system was set up.Assuming that the quote is correct it sounds like CIO Barlow either a) doesn't know what he's talking about or b) doesn't know what he's doing. "Windows on Unix hardware?" Unless DC STARS runs on one ancient version of NT Windows doesn't run on what is traditionally thought of as Unix hardware (i.e. SPARC, MIPS, PPC, Alpha, etc. based machines). Windows runs on x86 based hardware which can run various versions of Unix or Unix-like operating systems, but is not generally referred to as "Unix hardware." As for Apache, the aforementioned warning hasn't been applicable to Windows since the 1.x versions. Apache 2.x runs on the Windows OS quite well. Again, either Barlow has no clue what he's talking about, or he's built DC STARS on 4-5 year old technology, neither of which looks good for someone who is supposed to be a CIO.
"In my experience, the combination of an Oracle database, Windows operating system, Unix hardware and an Apache webserver is a bad combination," Barlow wrote in the memo to Thomas M. Brady, the school system's chief business operations officer.
"In fact, through our research the last few days, we have found an advisory on the Apache website that states, 'Please note that at this time, Windows support is entirely experimental and is recommended only for experienced users.' The Apache Group does not guarantee that the software will work as documented or even at all."