Re: Alternate low-cost platform for OVC

From: Edward Cherlin <cherlin_at_pacbell_dot_net>
Date: Thu Jul 08 2004 - 00:19:50 CDT

On Wednesday 07 July 2004 12:26 pm, charlie strauss wrote:
> to add another reason for palm pilots.
> Battery backup is not only a good ise its the law almost
> everywhere. Polls need to function during power failures.
> But 8 hour battery backup for 100 watt computers aint cheap
> nor does it work particularly well during power surges. San
> diego (I Believe) managed to ruin all their battery backups by
> not leaving them stored charged. This not only caused
> problems on election day but they had to spend a lot of money
> to buy new batteries. (A lot!).
> Palms would have durable and more robust batteries and be
> mostly resistant to power surges. Sure you still have to
> power the screens but the problem is reduced considerably.

Batteries in handhelds do not have adequate life to run
unplugged. If they are all plugged in, and batteries are kept
charged in case of a power problem, they would be fine as far as
they go. However, most of the power goes to the displays and
printers, so you haven't solved the problem.

Edward Cherlin
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