Irony Alert: New York City pays $1 million for typewriters

Here we are complaining about users who don't upgrade from Windows XP.But what about updating to computers and printers altogether?

Here we are complaining about users who don't upgrade from Windows XP.

But what about updating to computers and printers altogether?

A story in the New York Post this morning notes that New York City is paying nearly $1 million on typewriters for NYPD police officers.

The Post reports:

Despite the adoption of high-tech equipment that can read license plates from the air and detect radiological events before they happen, manual and electric typewriters continue to be used throughout the NYPD -- and they won't be phased out anytime soon, officials told The Post.

In fact, just last year, the city signed a $982,269 contract with New Jersey-based Swintec for the purchase of thousands of new manual and electric typewriters over the next three years -- some of which retail for as much as $649 apiece.

And last month, the city signed a $99,570 deal with Afax Business Machines in Manhattan for the maintenance of its existing Brother, Panasonic and IBM Selectric typewriters.

Apparently, though most of the NYPD's arrest-report forms have been computerized, officers still use typewriters to fill out property and evidence vouchers that are printed on carbon-paper forms.

There's even a quote in the article noting that officers scramble for ribbons when they run out.

Ctrl+P, anyone?