Re: More on voting stations

From: Edward Cherlin <edward_dot_cherlin_at_etssg_dot_com>
Date: Tue May 11 2004 - 01:41:52 CDT

On Friday 07 May 2004 19:29, David Mertz wrote:
> On May 7, 2004, at 10:08 PM, Karl Auerbach wrote:
> > Before we get to far from lasers versus inkjets - One nice
> > thing about many ink jets is that it's easy to write
> > software that can read the ink levels.
>
> Do Linux drivers usually have this capability standard? I've

Yes, I have utilities on my Mandrake Linux system that can read a
variety of ink jet printers, such as mtink ("empty ink") for
Epson printers.

> mostly only used inkjets with Windows and Mac machines...
> which usually come with cool-looking graphics that show the
> ink levels (e.g. a cartoon of the cartridge at various
> levels).

Yes, that's what we have on Linux also.

> Not that we need a fancy graphic, a simple query
> like 'if inkLevel('/dev/usb0')>.5:' would be perfectly fine.
>
> With lasers, it's not hard to manually determine the toner
> level by pulling out the cartridge, and tipping it back and
> forth a couple times. This has the additional advantage of
> making sure the toner has settled to create banding. It's not
> an exact measure, but you can easily tell the difference
> between 3/4 full and 1/4 full from the feel.

Laser printers send "Low Toner" messages to the host when they
have only enough for a few hundred more pages.

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Edward Cherlin, Simputer Evangelist
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