Re: Fw: Meet the $499 Mac.

From: Fred McLain <mclain_at_zipcon_dot_net>
Date: Fri Aug 26 2005 - 21:19:03 CDT

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Isn't it true that all of the newer Macs have internal wireless
networking, including the Mac Mini we're talking about?

     -Fred-

On Aug 26, 2005, at 3:17 PM, Nathan L. Adams wrote:

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> Alan Dechert wrote:
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>> When you say, "used in school," that could turn out to be a reason to
>> consider the Mac. They are widely used in schools. There may be
>> business reasons for doing it that way in some circumstances. I
>> vote at
>> a school. The same school has a computer room with a bunch of
>> Macs. If,
>> say, a half dozen of those school computers were in secure
>> enclosures, I
>> don't see any reason they couldn't simply be reconfigured for
>> Election
>> Day (disable harddrive and network, boot from CD/DVD). If Apple
>> and the
>> schools were on board with it, then it could be quite cheap -- no
>> more
>> than a couple hundred dollars per year.
>>
>
> Don't bet the OVC farm on reusing school equipment as voting
> equipment.
> Some folks will (rightly) argue that it may not be a good idea to
> subject your voting equipment to clever, resourceful, immature school
> aged hackers for the better part of the year.
>
> But my main point was that x86 as a hardware platform is far more
> 'open'
> and generally understood than anything that Apple will offer us. I
> also
> want to deter anyone from believing that OS X is a) F/OSS b) a viable
> platform for OVC software.
>
> Nathan
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