Re: Printers Revisited

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Mon May 24 2004 - 14:31:18 CDT

At 8:49 AM -0700 5/24/04, Edmund R. Kennedy wrote:
>Hello Karl:
> Interesting comments regarding the networking issues but at
>some point, I have to say, that's enough paranoid stuff. I guess my
>comments about the clock chip are similar or at least on the edge of
>that. As for the printer power issue, you're probably right. I
>know that I vote in the garage of one of my neighbors and that isn't
>that unusual. Power would be even more of a problem there. I
>thought the batteries on UPS used a gel electrolyte and not a
>liquid. Still a nuisance in an emergency but perhaps not as bad as
>you make out. I also thought the most UPS's had power conditioning
>circuits that could handle surges and brown outs from both sides of
>the unit. The basic point we that I just wanted to mention that you
>don't have to deal with a warm up cycle on laser printers if you
>modify the settings.
>As I've previously mentioned, I've been looking at ink jet printers
>for other purposes and I haven't yet seen one that doesn't present
>the output face up. Also, if we're using partially preprinted
>ballots as some have discussed, that requires the voter to put the
>ballot in 'up side or face down' which would be even more confusing.
>I've lost track of the times I've forgotten to put sheets into our
>fax machines correctly. Still the consensus seems to be edging
>towards ink jet units. I think Arthur or Alan's suggestion that
>perhaps we should quality both families of printers may be the best
>that can be done until extensive testing.

I think it was not my suggestion. And Alan says we need to study the
issue, and I agree with that. Hashing out the pros and cons, as we
are doing on this list, is part of the study needed. That being
said, based on comments made Karl leans towards inkjets, Alan appears
to lean towards lasers, and I think both have their advantages and

Best regards,

Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA  94303-4507
tel +1(650)424-0202, fax +1(650)424-0424
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