Re: Sun Ray and alternative hardware (was rudy de haas)

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Fri May 28 2004 - 11:29:53 CDT

Charlie,

> My own preference however is not to use PCs at all but to use
> something like a palm pilot. These compact devices could
> literally be locked in a safe between elections and even delivered
> to poling places in safes. their small foot print means fewer
> delivery men involved (lower cost, more security) and lower
> storage costs: most counties would not even fill a broom closet.
>
I would imagine some serious usability issues with such a small screen.

For our first certified system, we may want to look at a really little PC
like this one:
http://www.openvotingconsortium.org/ad/brick.jpg

At $449, it's about as cheap as the Sunray (in quantities and without XP
Home, it might be cheaper). The main difference is that the Sunray is
useless without the server. The "Minibook" PC has enough capabilities to be
perfectly functional in an office or school environment. Plus it's so small
that the under-table cage to hold it could be very small and inexpensive.

Alan D.
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