Re: More on voting stations

From: Karl Auerbach <karl_at_cavebear_dot_com>
Date: Fri May 07 2004 - 12:34:35 CDT

The laser printer delay that I have observed and am concerned about seems
to be more involved in the power-saving/warm-up mechanism than with
rendering.

I have this awful HP1100A - perhaps the worst printer HP has ever built -
that I'm using for ballots. The silly thing typically sits there for
several painfully long seconds making stepper noises as it thinks about
preparing to print. On a USB interface (i.e. reasonably fast) it can
easily take 10 to 20 seconds before a requested ballot finally comes to
rest in the output paper bin of the printer.

I tend to prefer ink-jets. They don't have the huge power drain issues
that blow-out UPS's (and we do want printers to fate share with the voter
stations during power outages - it is really bad for a voting station to
be live but have a dead printer.)

Ink jets do have ink drying issues - even removing the cartridges doesn't
address the problem of the residual ink in the nozzles drying out. Ink
jets like to be used every day.

On the other hand, the price of an an entire new ink jet printer, with new
ink, is now less than the typical price of a laser toner cartridge.

As for the duty cycles - At the office we've mothballed a big Lexmark
color laser in favor of a small Epson ink-jet. The Epson (actually we
have three or four of 'em), are now going into six months of heavy use,
and all, but one, are still going like champs. (That one that isn't
suffered an evil fate due to a "paper malfunction" accidentially initiated
by yours truly.)

                --karl--
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