Re: Meet the $499 Mac.

From: laird popkin <lairdp_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Thu Aug 25 2005 - 18:57:39 CDT

I wouldn't worry too much about the PPC/intel switch making Mac Mini's
useless, since Apple sells to the gov't, which obligates them to 5+
year support. And I assume that all OVC software would at most require
a recompile.

Having done a lot of demo's, I'll say that Mac Mini's make great demo
boxes because they are so small they make your software look good.

That being said, if another hardware vendor endorsed OVC, and made
appropriate hardware, I'd like them, too.

On 8/25/05, Fred McLain <mclain@zipcon.net> wrote:
> I haven't looked into touch screens but the hardware support seems
> smoother then Linux. For example, I recently purchased a Logitec USB
> headset and SuSE 9.3 didn't recognize it. OS X installed it without
> even asking.
>
> I checked and Python is installed; "Python 2.3.5". This is Mac OS X
> 10.4.2 FYI.
>
> -Fred-
>
> On Aug 25, 2005, at 4:22 PM, charlie strauss wrote:
>
> > How do touchscreens connect? does the touch go back over USB or
> > something else. And are their mac drivers? The driver issue is
> > likely to have a glitch during the switch to intel.
> >
> > I'm personally a big believer in macs. my desktops have been 99%
> > mac/NeXT and 1% linux since 1990. (my server rooms are the
> > reverse: 99.9% linux, 1% mac). They are very reliable hardware.
> > Indeed one reason they cost a wee bit more than the cheapest
> > possible PC I suspect is that they don't cut corners. QA foir a
> > voting system is not a bad thing to pay for.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Fred McLain <mclain@zipcon.net>
> > Sent: Aug 25, 2005 5:16 PM
> > To: Open Voting Consortium discussion list <ovc-
> > discuss@listman.sonic.net>
> > Subject: Re: [OVC-discuss] Fw: Meet the $499 Mac.
> >
> > I just recently switched to a iBook (Mac OS X) laptop for my latest
> > open source project. It works well.
> >
> > -Fred-
> >
> > On Aug 25, 2005, at 12:50 PM, Alan Dechert wrote:
> >
> >
> >> How about this as the cpu for a voting station?
> >>
> >>
> >> ----- Original Message -----
> >> From: Apple
> >> To: alan@openvoting.org
> >> Sent: Wednesday, August 24, 2005 4:10 AM
> >> Subject: Meet the $499 Mac.
> >>
> >>
> >> Tiny computer. Huge possibilities.
> >> Meet Mac mini?just 6.5 inches square, 2 inches tall, and only 2.9
> >> pounds. It comes with iLife '05?Apple's integrated suite of digital
> >> media applications that let you do amazing things with photos,
> >> movies, music, and DVDs right out of the box. And thanks to the
> >> stable, intuitive Mac OS X Tiger, things like surfing the web,
> >> connecting to peripherals, and networking are as simple as turning
> >> it on.
> >>
> >>
> >> Getting started is easy, too?just plug Mac mini into your existing
> >> display, keyboard, and mouse.* It comes with a Combo drive for
> >> burning CDs and watching DVDs, or a SuperDrive for burning DVDs
> >> too. Most models even include built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.** Best
> >> of all, Mac mini has a mini price?starting at $499. Find it at your
> >> local Apple Store, Apple Authorized Resellers, or the online Apple
> >> Store.
> >>
> >>
> >> Why Mac?
> >> Find out how easy it is to work and play on a Mac.
> >>
> >>
> >> Discover Tiger.
> >> Learn more about the brains inside Mac mini.
> >>
> >>
> >> Live creatively.
> >> Get the most from your photos, movies, and music with iLife '05.
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> *Compatible with most displays, USB keyboards, and USB mice.
> >>
> >> **Wireless Internet access requires an AirPort-enabled computer, a
> >> base station or other wireless access point, and Internet access
> >> (fees may apply). Some ISPs are not compatible with AirPort.
> >>
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> >> specifications are also subject to change.
> >>
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