Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Mar 2017 00:27 UTC
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You may recall that a couple of years ago we ran a piece talking about how Ada County, the most populous county in Idaho, was desperately looking for Zip disks and drives to help keep its aging voting machines running.

As it turns out, Ada County isn't alone. Apparently a lot of counties are in the same boat.

Once, while buying a PowerMac G4 from someone (factory-equipped with an internal Zip drive), I stumbled upon his huge collection of external Zip drives and disks, which he promptly handed over as a gift. Other than playing with them out of idle curiosity, I never used them for anything.

Instead of disposing of them years later, I guess I should've sent those 15 or so external Zip drives and 30-odd disks as emergency foreign aid to America. Underfunding democracy seems like a terrible idea.

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RE[2]: Comment by daedalus
by daedalus on Fri 24th Mar 2017 11:20 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by daedalus"
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Indeed. Fortunately they run without ever being connected to a network, so that's something at least. But since changes to things like the OS or the controlling PC can take several years to get through all the regulatory stuff in every region, things move extremely slowly. There was a project started around 2008 to move them to Vista, but since that turned out to be a nightmare, the previous XP project was resurrected and completed instead, and they'll remain on XP until they're retired.

When you consider that some of the machines run on dual 386 boards and DOS 6, these units are positively modern! :p

Edited 2017-03-24 11:21 UTC

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