Re: Fw: OVC

From: Ed Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Sat May 08 2004 - 11:16:51 CDT

Hello Edward:

    I think we're suggesting a 17" (~42cm) monitor size for the reading
(vision) impaired. The last picture I saw of a simputer showed something
with a screen around the size of Palm T series. I don't think even India is
using Simputers for it's elections.

Thanks, Ed Kennedy

----- Original Message -----
From: "Edward Cherlin" <edward.cherlin@etssg.com>
To: <voting-project@lists.sonic.net>
Sent: Friday, May 07, 2004 10:52 PM
Subject: Re: [voting-project] Fw: OVC

> 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.
>
> --
> Edward Cherlin, Simputer Evangelist
> Encore Technologies (S) Pte. Ltd.
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