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

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Sat May 29 2004 - 00:57:49 CDT

At 12:11 PM -0700 5/28/04, Karl Auerbach wrote:
>On Fri, 28 May 2004, Liam Helmer wrote:
>> We've talked very specifically about NOT networking the voting systems.
>And I think that is still the right answer, i.e. no networking.
>We have to take care that there's no hidden networking turned on - such as
>active IRDA ports, bluetooth, built-in 802.11, etc.
>As for burning CD's. After haven written what seems like truckloads of
>'em, my word is "don't trust 'em".
>I have found burners to hickup more than I like, particularly those on USB
>1.x. IDE, SCSI, or USB 2.0 interfaces are much better. And even after
>what seems to be a successful burn it is not uncommon to find that the
>media can not be read back.
>This is one of the reasons I like the idea of having (in addition to a CD
>writer) at least two flash memory (thumb) drives that are written so that
>at no time are they both in the middle of a transaction at the same time
>(this can get tricky on a highly buffered system such as Linux). Some of
>these units have a write-protect switch that could prove useful.

I think built-in CD-R is the way to go (along with thumb drives).
This means that the PC is in an enclosure that prevents voter access
to USB, CD-R, etc.

Best regards,

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