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Re: Imation Drives for PollBook Laptops

They have a "Y" coming off the cable that allows the attachment of a printer while the Imation Drive is hooked up to the parallel port.  Rodney has used it in the field and states that "It's GREAT!". 
But I think that when everything is hooked up, you're going to have an octopus of a laptop.  Smart card reader (with its own power connection), printer (with its own power connection), Imation Drive (with its own power connection), and a power connection for the laptop.  You may also have a mouse connected to the keyboard port because some people aren't comfortable with trackpads or little joysticks in the middle of the keyboard.
Juan's suggestion of a PCMCIA device sounds interesting.  I've left a message with our rep to inquire further into this model.  It may be less cumbersome or it may not.  We'll have to see.
Does anybody else have a problem with USB or parallel port or PCMCIA?
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, June 21, 2000 1:04 PM
Subject: Re: Imation Drives for PollBook Laptops

how do you print ? do they have a printer cable interface - like the external zips?
-----Original Message-----
From: Rodney D Turner <rodney@gesn.com>
To: support@gesn.com <support@gesn.com>
Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2000 10:22 AM
Subject: Re: Imation Drives for PollBook Laptops

Parallel Port would be the best.  I have used the external parallel port Imation Drive in a real election, and it works great.  Interface speed is not an issue.
----- Original Message -----
From: Ian Piper
Sent: Wednesday, June 21, 2000 12:02 PM
Subject: Imation Drives for PollBook Laptops

Well, it looks like their are no internal LS-120 Imation Drives available for most laptop computers.  They appear to be available for the fancy $3000.00 models.  So it looks like we'll have to go external for the Imation Drive.
We do have an option.  USB interface or Parallel Port.
I'd like some feedback on which would be more appropriate for our application.  Keep in mind that if you want to print reports, you'll need the parallel port.  Could USB vs Parallel Port interface speeds  be an issue?