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US grant system locks out Mac users

updated 09:25 am EST, Mon February 13, 2006

Mac users locked out

The US government is moving to an electronic system for processing grant applications that would lock out Mac users for at least one year. The Washington Post reports that the new Mac-incompatible "Grants.gov" system is under development and deployment at a cost of tens of billions of dollars to tax payers. The system is designed to replace paper applications with electronic forms and is being phased in at the National Institutes of Health, Department of Housing and Urban Development and other federal agencies--with all 26 grant-giving agencies expected to implement the new system by 2007. While some have had luck with workarounds, Mac users are being left out: "What if the federal government were about to give away more than $400 billion in grants, but only people whose computers ran on Microsoft software could apply? That is the predicament that many scientists, scholars and others say they are in as the government enters the final phase of its five-year effort to streamline its grant-application process."




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  1. das

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Citrix solution

    Sent to the author:

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    Rick,

    FYI, we've put together a nice, easy-to-use, single package for Mac OS X users to use Grants.gov:

    http://www.rsp.wisc.edu/preaward/macusers.html

    I'd be happy to tell you more about it. It doesn't require emulation, and uses a central server that Grants.gov has set up (so it also requires no local infrastructure). Any Mac user with an internet connection can use it.

    Regards,

    Dave Schroeder das@doit.wisc.edu http://das.doit.wisc.edu

  1. Horsepoo!!!

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Oh s***...

    ...I'm so freaked out by the screenshots in the link above that I don't even dare downloading what ever the h*** that thing is.

  1. milhouse

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    user name & password?

    @ Dave Schroeder:

    Thanks for the effort. Though it looks like your link requires a WISC.edu user name and password to dl the grants.gov.dmg

    Work around?

  1. getjeffery

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Cyber Discrimation

    A new kind of discrimination is born and it has the same effect of race, age, and s** discrimination because it unfairly prefers a particular group of people.

    This needs to be legally challenged.

    How anyone that claims even the most minute knowledge of IT can propose a web-based US government-backed grant application system that is not platform independent is beyond me.

  1. suhail

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Billions!!

    "…at a cost of tens of billions of dollars to tax payers." and yet they're incapable of making it Mac compatible ??!!

  1. iomatic

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Poor web development

    Bad developers create sites that don't work with Safari-- the most compliant commercial browser there is.

  1. scottrussell

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Wisconsin only?

    Yes, it's inexcusable to deny access (or create obstacles to access) to the grants.gov online grant submission engine for the Mac community. In academic environments where many of the grant applications will be originating, the % of Mac users is significant. Even though the University of Wisconsin has figured out a way around the limitation, it seems restricted to their campus only. Grants.gov shouldn't make its patrons create work-arounds. It should create a system that grants access from any computer with a web browser.

  1. gamato

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    duh

    Government... Microsoft... Monopoly.... what?

  1. sluxx

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    2nd class Macitizens

    There's newer information about Citrix and Mac support at Grants.gov.

    http://grants.gov/MacSupport

  1. doc e

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Hello justice dept?

    Let me see; the justice department spends millions of our tax dollars busting Microsoft's chops over being a monopoly, punishes them for it, then the same government hands them a monopoly for access to the grant system which is supposed to be for everybody. Hello justice dept. are you there?

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