Re: Alternate low-cost platform for OVC

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Thu Jul 08 2004 - 01:37:12 CDT

At 12:10 AM -0600 7/8/04, Charlie Strauss wrote:
>On Jul 7, 2004, at 11:22 PM, David Mertz wrote:
>>>On Wednesday 07 July 2004 11:29 am, Alan Dechert wrote:
>>>>The only reservation I have with the Simputer is external display support.
>>On Jul 8, 2004, at 1:09 AM, Edward Cherlin wrote:
>>>It runs X, and can display on any size X terminal through the
>>>serial port or Ethernet.
>>Yikes! How long does it take to refresh a 1280x1024 screen over a
>>serial port, a few minutes?! I have trouble imagining that would be
>>anywhere close to fast enough, or even within an order of magnitude
>>of fast enough.
>>Ethernet isn't bad, though still slightly sluggish for video. If
>>you've used VNC you have an idea... it works, but the visual delays
>>could put off voters.
>Sun claims to be able to run 17" monitors over ethernet. And X for
>text is pretty fast. but the real problem is as you point out X or
>VNX requires a smart terminal, thus not solving the problem at all.
>It has to be video out to the screen. Which some palm-like things
>can do.

Whoa! Each voting station is run by a standalone computer. There is
to be no network of computers. The monitor should be connected over
a VGA-type port. We must support touchscreen monitors and they must
respond without noticable delay.

Each voting station includes a printer, hooked up either through a
printer port or a crossover Ethernet cable.

Best regards,

Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA  94303-4507
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