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Topic: touch screens and coffee (11 msgs / 271 lines)
1) From: Wandering Curmudgeon
Well sometimes I don't hear the "run" signal fast enough. I have a friend=
 
that lives about half way down my block who called and asked if I could 
bring my Cona-D and brew a pot to impress her friends. Hook set, I loaded m=
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stuff on the golf cart and away I went. I set the Cona-D up and ground some=
 
La Pluma and brewed a pot. Her friends were all a-buzz over the coffee when=
 
one of them offered "your a Linux Geek, right?" That was the run signal I=
 
missed. The guy turns out to be the Chair of the Elections Commission! I've=
 
been recruited (but with pay) to train the polls officers in how to use the=
 
new touch screen voting machines. My job is to train 280 polls officers on=
 
how to use the machine and then on how to instruct the voters. The job titl=
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called for a bilingual A+ tech, because most of the folks down here are 
Hispanic and many speak NO English , but somehow because=
 
it is embedded Linux they were more interested in a Linux guru. So I'll get=
 
$200 a day for 14 days of training - and I'm half way to my dream
machine Sierracafe.com:
M32 BISTRO 1 GROUP
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won't have to sell Carolyn quite as hard on the machine now. Could I
now
call it MY election machine?
John - Ése es empuje correcto, justo el R grande en la esquina superior=
 
cerciorarse de que le colocan.

2) From: Les
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3) From: Wandering Curmudgeon
I'm thinking in 100+ temperatures maybe a black silk stocking :O) Carolyn=
 
has already caved and said I can have it and will even surrender counter 
space for it. Now I wonder what she has HER eye on :O)
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4) From: J.W.Bullfrog
Wandering Curmudgeon wrote:
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I don't know John, that new Andrea (yet to be released) gave me a twinge 
of upgrade fever. And I have been immune until now; since i have a Faema 
Compact.
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Life in the fast lane ......
It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.
It is by the juice of aribica that thoughts acquire speed,
the lips acquire stains.
The stains become a warning.
It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.

5) From: Wandering Curmudgeon
Ben,
As you know from our telecoms I'm vacillating again. I was directed over to=
 
the forum for Chris and I'm going to at least wait until I can get a pictur=
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of the new Andrea. $1500 is a lot easier to swallow than $4K. But then the=
 
other is a matched set, its plumb ready and its the best rated home espress=
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machine. As my beloved blond just pointed out - if I hold on for the Andrea=
 
the Elections Commission will pay for the whole thing.
John - heading for the runway.
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6) From: Aaron
One thing I do want to point out is, no matter what machine you end up 
with just remember those fancy gizmo electronic controlled machines, may 
work wonders, but that electronic stuff is just more stuff to burn out, 
malfunction, and go poof first thunderstorm and you have it plugged in.  
No don't even have to be using it, just have it plugged in is enough to 
zap electronics.
I don't even want to think what that stuff would cost you to fix 
either.  At least with 'mechanical' machines, it's a lot less suseptable 
to those kind of problems and easier for a person who doesn't have a 
doctorates in electronics to fix when it does go south.
Just my 2 cents and something to consider as well..
Aaron

7) From: Wandering Curmudgeon
Aaron,
Your point is taken. However having been a mPU designer I love all that kin=
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of stuff. I actually converted my wife's oven to microprocessor controlled=
 
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to write app-notes  and used two 8060 
processors as an AND gate - just to prove it could be done. The app note wa=
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titled - "if it isn't working you aren't using enough processors!" 
As far as getting zapped, if I pay more than $300 for a piece of electronic=
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it is plugged into a small UPS with protection AND conditioning. I haven't=
 
lost anything electronic in a long, long time.
And you don't understand the main attraction: Its shiny and I don't have it=
 
:O)
John - really heading for the runway now
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8) From: Michael Dhabolt
John
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 humbly asking permission to use the line - frequently.
 Mike ROFLMAO (just plain)
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9) From: Wandering Curmudgeon
Its all yours Michael. But I need to warn you - women don't seem to be move=
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by the line :O)
john 
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10) From: Michael Dhabolt
John
I've allready noticed that Loretta met it with a knowing grimace
rather than the expected mirth ;~)  Thats OK - It took ten minutes to
get the grin off my face.  Could also have something to do with the
fifth monkey ristritto of the morning (er - ah - afternoon).
Mike (just plain)
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11) From: Aaron
I understand that completely and since you know what you are doing then 
I guess all is good.  One thing though, that machine is going to take a 
LOT of power with the heating elements, warming elements etc etc.  
Unless you rewire it (which will probably void any warranty) so that the 
ups feeds just the control circuitry, a fairly easy task Id think, you 
better have a biggun because you put those heaters on it and you better 
have a 1400 kva at least to handle it until shutdown or you'll shut down 
and possibly let the magic smoke out of the ups.
and yes I do understand the main attraction, you have NO idea how many 
'neat stuffs' tween coffee stuff now, computers, metal detecting, PGM 
metal recycling, etc etc that I have around now.  Not to mention the 
hundreds of gadgets and gizmo's just because.. I didn't have one... 
until NOWWWWW. :)
and.....
I am NOT a slob, everything is NEATLY piled all over the place  ::rolls 
his eyes::
Aaron
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