Re: More on voting stations

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Fri May 07 2004 - 12:50:51 CDT

On May 7, 2004, at 1:34 PM, Karl Auerbach wrote:
> 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 really don't have any opinion about the best type of printer to use.
Just a little bit of experience with some different types.

In terms of warm-up, I know at least some ink-jets have a pretty long
warm-up too. I have a Lexmark multi-function inkjet
(scanner/copier/fax/etc) that usually displays a message to wait 30
seconds when it hasn't been used for a while. FWIW, I don't even use
the computer-printer capability of that one, just fax/copy, so it may
be different in the computer context. I also have an Epson Stylus
inkjet that is a regular printer; often it prints right away, but other
times it decides it needs to make a lot of noises for 30 seconds while
prepping the ink-cartridge.

In favor of inkjets (or maybe thermal printers), it would be nice to
use something with a compact form factor. Lasers tend to be big and
bulky, even nowadays (let alone the 100 pound monsters from the 1990s).
  Some of the inkjets I've seen for travel and use with laptops are
pretty darn compact--just an 11" stick with a slot where the paper
feeds through.. Something like that might be nice for ergonomic for
physical voting station designs.
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