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

From: Ed Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Sat May 29 2004 - 20:23:54 CDT

Hello Charlie:

    I use Palm computers. FYI, The Zire 71 unfortunately doesn't last more
than 6 hours unless you add an external, "Power to Go," battery pack. I
just got a Tungsten T3 and the power requirements appear to be about the

Thanks, Ed Kennedy

----- Original Message -----
From: "charlie strauss" <>
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Sent: Friday, May 28, 2004 10:20 AM
Subject: Re: [voting-project] Sun Ray and alternative hardware (was rudy de

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Alan Dechert <>
> >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:
> >
> >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
> >perfectly functional in an office or school environment. Plus it's so
> >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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