Re: More on voting stations

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Fri May 07 2004 - 13:43:31 CDT

At 1:50 PM -0400 5/7/04, David Mertz wrote:
>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.

I think we'd choose something with fast warm up that was Energy Star
compliant. That you can put an inkjet printer on a UPS box and can't
do that with a laser printer is also a big factor.

>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.

Thermal printers typically use media with short lives and that use
nasty chemicals. While compact inkjet printers may make sense, it
might be useful for the paper source to be in the enclosure so the
paper is "spit out." The enclosure will help ensure that no one
inserts a keystroke monitor or its equivalent in order to get
information on the actual votes.

Best regards,
Arthur

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