Re: Alternate low-cost platform for OVC

From: Edmund R. Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Thu Jul 08 2004 - 15:10:23 CDT

Hello Charlie:
 
What sort of Palm are we talking about? I'm on my 4th model and I've never had one that was capable of running continuosly for more than 6 hours. No, you can't replace the batteries because that would A: Require a reboot B: Just about all the newer units don't have rechargeable batteries.
 
Thanks, Ed Kennedy

Charlie Strauss <cems@earthlink.net> wrote:

On Jul 7, 2004, at 11:19 PM, Edward Cherlin wrote:

> On Wednesday 07 July 2004 12:26 pm, charlie strauss wrote:
>>
>> 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.

16 hours is not enough?

> 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.

if the power goes down or surges the screens might go dark till the
backup power source kicks in but the palm keeps running. If a voting
computer goes down it has to be rebooted. There are laws about how
computers are to be booted for elections. Makes for complications.

instead of having backup batteries for the screens you could just have
a honda generator. No need for instant on, power backup, with the
screens. all you care about is keeping th cpu booted.

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