Surplus Computers Found To Be Outdated

Two weeks ago, Governor Haley Barbour announced a plan he said would save the state $800,000 a year. The savings plan revolved around a number of old computers found in the basement of the Department of Human Services.

"They're just sittin' around, some of them aren't even opened," Governor Barbour said.

DHS plans to use the equipment in its 84 local offices around the state.

"We can take the resources that the taxpayers have given and use those resources to provide better services."

But just how old are some of these computers? Many are several years old and some programs were found to be dated 1996.

Computer expert John Hayes says it will be hard to get mileage out of something that old.

"If somebody's had a computer for that long, usually it's not working by now," Hayes said.

Hayes says there should be 84 working computers for the local offices out of the 400 hundred. He says they will be more beneficial to the employees who are doing lots of work by hand. He says some old basic word processing programs would still function.

"A computer's a good way to keep up with things. With papers, you can get lost, if you don't have a good filing system, it could get very messy," Hayes said.