I have been battling this extensively these past few weeks and wanted to toss out some ideas -
In view of the fact that our TS accounts usually get audio that boosts the file size over the standard 1.44 mg disk - artwork, databases and just the documents we create for pollworker training and to post in the voter booths almost always exceed 3 mgs -
our email is currently limited to 10 mg and during this time of year with files being sent back and forth I fill the mailbox every 3-4 days
Our clients need CD RW drives instead of tape backups on their servers and we in support need them on our laptops
Today for instance I needed to get 15mgs of files from their server to a vendor to print sample ballots - I had to put it up on the ftp site from their server sung a 33,600 modem and then pull it down on my laptop and then split it up into chunks and email it.
It took hours to do - slow speeds on modems , slow downloads etc.
I could have put it on a cd ( from the server) taken it to the county dsl line and sent it in 20 minutes
I really think this needs to be put in our specs for new systems - the tape drive is useless unless you have one on your system - Does anyone out there have a tape drive on their laptop? or their desktop?
I hope you will view this as a solution - not a problem - I think it would be invaluable - especially with the complexity we are moving into in view of the what we are seeing now.
Thanks for listening
Diebold Election Systems
3799 East 121st Ave
Thornton Co 80241
303 428-5022 fax