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

From: charlie strauss <cems_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Fri May 28 2004 - 12:20:31 CDT

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From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
>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.

just to clarify I was not suggesting the palm pilot be used as a screen! It would be plugged into a conventional 17" touchscreen in use. Palm-like devices can be ruggedized, even completely sealed against water and airborne problems, and can be fully battery powered. I suspect that the reduced costs of storage, security, and transportation, not to mention the election-day robustness against mishaps power cords being yanked out or being dropped, would outweigh cost premium if indeed there were any.

>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.

Unlike a sun-ray it has a built in cd rom drive. this is both good and bad. good is obvious, bad is that it could fail on election day.

On the other hand the sun ray has a built in smart card reader.

Alan D.
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