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]: Plenty on eBay
by brostenen on Mon 27th Mar 2017 19:11 UTC in reply to "RE: Plenty on eBay"
brostenen
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2007-01-16

Yet they are cool with asking private people for the stuff as donations, and bitching about none to be bought at the same time? Sounds like a bunch of free-loaders. Zip media's are cheap as chips, and plentifull on eBay, so that explanation are only because they work with their heads op their ass... Yeah... Anyway. You know that things can be done in a different way. Though I guess there are a lot of old grey-haired dudes, that refuses to do stuff in a different way, unless of course they came up with the idea. Or they might just be suffering from a bad case of stubborn ignoratis.

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RE[3]: Plenty on eBay
by weckart on Wed 29th Mar 2017 15:23 in reply to "RE[2]: Plenty on eBay"
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2006-01-11

Nope. Public administration in pretty much any country has rules over what suppliers it can use and that usually precludes auction sites like eBay.

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