The Internet has made it easier to donate to presidential campaigns, so much so that the Federal Election Commission has had a hard time keeping up with the seemingly sudden influx of data they have to process.
The campaign finance reports filed by Obama and Clinton have grown so massive that theyâ€™ve strained the capacity of the Federal Election Commission, good government groups, the media and even software applications to process and make sense of the data.
Hold up. Even computers are buckling under the pressure? The first things that came to mind were crashing servers and tech maintenance pulling their graying hair out. Reading on though, "software" is a reference to Microsoft Excel 2003, which can't handle data files larger than 65,536 rows or 256 columns.
Phew, that was close. I mean, come on, this is nation-wide data. Give me a MySQL dump for Pete's sake.
Anyways, tt's certainly a good indicator for how times have changed data-wise. Excel 2007 can handle more. And on that note – it's still possible to open John McCain's monthly reports in Excel 2003.