Re: Fw: OVC

From: Edward Cherlin <edward_dot_cherlin_at_etssg_dot_com>
Date: Sat May 08 2004 - 00:52:02 CDT

On Friday 16 April 2004 10:12, Popkin, Laird (WMG Corp) wrote:
> I'd think that it might make sense to use a tablet computer
> and bolt it to the table securely. It can't boot from a CD-ROM
> then (no drives in tablet computers)

Plug the CD-ROM into the USB port. Simputer tablets (new product
this year) have them.

> but they could all be
> disk imaged with the same image.

Or Compact Flash cards.

> And I'm sure that the tablet
> computer vendors would love to find a new market for the
> devices -- they're not selling too well. And since they're
> general purpose devices, the local gov't/schools could get
> tablets to play with/work on most of the year, then stick in
> an OVC ROM card or something and run the election.

Backwards. Buy them for the election, then give them to
gov't/schools.
> Perhaps we could get one or more of them on board as a way of
> generating a new sales channel? A few of them (National
> Semiconductor, for example) are pretty Linux-friendly.
>
> - LP
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-voting-project@afterburner.sonic.net
> [mailto:owner-voting-project@afterburner.sonic.net]On Behalf
> Of Alan Dechert
> Sent: Friday, April 16, 2004 12:53 PM
> To: voting-project@lists.sonic.net
> Subject: Re: [voting-project] Fw: OVC
>
> > On Apr 15, 2004, at 1:27 PM, Alan Dechert wrote:
> > > For example, for the voting booth we are thinking of using
> > > a table on which the flat panel display would lay
> > > horizontal--in a shallow box to hold it. The PC would be
> > > in a cage fixed underneath the table. I am told such
> > > tables are commercially available, although I haven't
> > > researched this.
> >
> > Many counties would consider this too great an investment!
> > They'd want a
> > way to run the thing with whatever folding tables they could
> > rent from the local rental store, or to run the thing using
> > the tables already at the polling place, if it's a gym or
> > school.
>
> One possible model for delivery of the OVC voting station
> would be to have the vendor rent everything needed--including
> the table--to the county.
>
> I don't really know, but my gut feeling is that it will never
> make sense for counties to buy commodity components and
> dedicate them as voting equipment. Renting will be the way to
> go. Still, we have to look at the numbers. That's why our
> study proposals include an economic analysis.
>
> > The Avante DRE/paper-trail machine is an off-the-shelf HP
> > laptop and printer packaged inside an enclosure.
>
> For how much? $5,500? Pretty expensive way to get the
> cheapest table possible.
>
> Alan D.

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