PDAs Used in the US Presidential Campaign

A recent article on BoingBoing.net talks about how PDAs are being used in the US Presidential Campaign. Parties are deploying handheld computers to record data and make canvassers more effective on the road.

The article talks about how campaigns are requesting donations to pay for PDAs as well as using them in the neighborhoods on door to door operations by canvassers.

The blog entry notes...

The latest RNC newsletter urges a contribution of $200, which it said "will pay for a PDA to help our canvassers contact Republican voters quickly accurately" and notes that "the RNC is shipping 3,000 out to volunteer captains."

Democratic canvassing operations in Florida have been using them to enter data at houses about voters. They use them to store maps of neighborhoods. This helps them control their databases and collect information more efficiently.

Also, when contacted voters reveal their preferences and begin discussing what issues are important to them, some of the canvassers use the PDAs to show commercials and videos that specifically target the things voters are discussing.

The US Election will be held on Tuesday Nov 2nd.

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Which PDAs?

mikecane @ 10/22/2004 2:39:02 PM #
I bet Bushies use PPCs. Gotta love them monopolies. And them thar "internets" (didn't he mispronunciate "innernets" thar?).

Go Ralph!

RE: Which PDAs?
superdork @ 10/22/2004 3:35:48 PM #
Shutup you socialist pig. :P

RE: Which PDAs?
Foo Fighter @ 10/22/2004 4:12:29 PM #
Since when does Microsoft have a monopoly over the PDA market?

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RE: Which PDAs?
AdamaDBrown @ 10/22/2004 5:10:20 PM #
Mike,

Don't besmirch the name of PocketPC by suggesting that Republicans would prefer them. Push whatever other baseless memes about them that you want, but Republicanism is TOO FAR! ;)

RE: Which PDAs?
mikecane @ 10/22/2004 5:11:21 PM #
Ah, the unimaginative rightwing Limbaugh-cloth-wearing reactionary imbeciles -- well, at least just one, right now -- come out of the woodwork. Opposition to the Yeehaw President now equals Socialism, does it?

And, Foo, you also know better.

RE: Which PDAs?
Captain Hair @ 10/22/2004 6:21:19 PM #
Mike, you should know better that technology interest crosses party platforms. Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Green Party, whatever, everybody loves tech. Now, coming out and making such derogatory comments against somebody for their political beliefs is uncalled for. I, for one, am a Republican and can very easily set aside my views in the spirit of thoughtful debate. Also, my family owns a small business that has benefitted from President Bush's fiscal policy, and we are in no way a 'Big Business' or 'Monopoly'. How are we successful and how do we compete against large corporations? By giving our customs what they want. That's how most corporations become successful, see: Microsoft. Now, the RNC is using $200 PDAs, and you and I both know what the best and most successful $200 PDA is: the pa1mOne Tungsten|E. I rest my case.

Oh, yes, I'm not offended by your offhand remarks and I won't demand an apology, just like Laura Bush declined when Teresa Heinz-Kerry implied that 10 years as an elementary teacher doesn't constitute a real job. Teaching is the most important job one can have. Enough said.

"People who think they're smart annoy those of us who are."

RE: Which PDAs?
rsig @ 10/22/2004 7:08:16 PM #
I'm guessing the Kerry people carry both a PPC and a Palm. That way they can flip-flop between the two as the situation demands. No memory cards would be needed, since Kerry's "plan" could easily fit in one Memo Pad entry.

RE: Which PDAs?
Gekko @ 10/22/2004 7:25:46 PM #

MikeCon - we win, Commie. No socialist utopia for you.

GG



RE: Which PDAs?
Hal2000 @ 10/22/2004 9:07:36 PM #
How are we successful and how do we compete against large corporations? By giving our customs what they want.

Nothing works like a little payola at US Customs.

Zodiac2/T616
2.128 gigs under the hood.

RE: Which PDAs?
Captain Hair @ 10/22/2004 10:35:36 PM #
[quote=Hal2000]How are we successful and how do we compete against large corporations? By giving our customs what they want.

Nothing works like a little payola at US Customs.[/quote]
Oops, that's custom[i]ers[/i]. Tablet PC text recognition isn't exactly perfect...



"People who think they're smart annoy those of us who are."

RE: Which PDAs?
Captain Hair @ 10/22/2004 10:38:18 PM #
Hey! There's no formatting on News topic replies! Eie! :(

"People who think they're smart annoy those of us who are."
RE: Which PDAs?
ackmondual @ 10/22/2004 10:57:50 PM #
*[BEGIN QUOTE]
Since when does Microsoft have a monopoly over the PDA market?

*[END QUOTE]

I believe the rumor is that MS is letting P1 live and aren't gonna squash them b/c they want to avoid any further anti-trust suits. Same reason Y they havn'et completely shut out Apple.

[signature0]the secret to enjoying your job is to have a hobby that's even worse[/signature0]
[signature1]My PDAs: Visor --> Visor Neo (blue) --> Zire 71.... so ends the "marathon", for now[/signature1]

RE: Which PDAs?
Captain Hair @ 10/23/2004 9:51:18 AM #
Why on Earth was my reply deleted; a calm, civilized, response to mikecane's misguided attack on Republicanism? I would understand if mikecane's response was also deleted, as it was much more radical and sparked my need to explain my beliefs to somebody I should have started ignoring long ago.

*QUOTE: mikecane*
Ah, the unimaginative rightwing Limbaugh-cloth-wearing reactionary imbeciles -- well, at least just one, right now -- come out of the woodwork. Opposition to the Yeehaw President now equals Socialism, does it?
*END QUOTE*

Why is this obviously biased opinion allowed to remain? My observations on the discussion board's here show that healthy debate is encouraged and these kind of blind attacks only perpetrate an atmosphere of hate and prejudice. Like I said in my original post. "Technology exists despite political barriers."

Palm Infocenter, I have observed this sort of biased behavior from your Moderators before, but never have I been the target. It is clear that they favor mikecane and I an disgusted that this partisan behavior is tolerated. If you wish to bad political discussion, of all means, be my guest, but do NOT single out single replies to a radical posts; get the radical so mudslinging doesn't commence. Don't be surprised if when you post a political story (especially when you put RNC in it), that you get people who want to yell and scream and cry, and others who are *slightly* more down to Earth and like 'good, civilized, spirited debate'!
PIC, you've let me down. I'm not demanded that My post be reinstated (that would be something that Mr. mikecane would do if ever deleted), but I would like for this biased behavior to cease. Don't get me wrong, I love PIC, and I'm not going to let this incident push me away or prevent me fan expressing myself on these boards, but this cannot be allowed to happen again.

RE: Which PDAs?
mikecane @ 10/23/2004 10:16:22 AM #
Oh, look at all the gourds bleeding over my comment! What's the matter, all of you lose your sense of humor when it comes to politics? Say any damned thing about *any* candidate -- even Nader -- for all I care. As far as I'm concerned, anyone who runs for a public office is already suspect in my book.

A wise man once said, "Live your life as if the government doesn't exist." (Unfortunately, he has since failed to heed his own advice and is also now humorless when it comes to politics!)

RE: Which PDAs?
Gekko @ 10/23/2004 10:27:10 AM #

>"Live your life as if the government doesn't exist."

I wish Liberals/Democrats would follow this rule. But no, they want the government to give them everything for free - free healthcare, free education, free paychecks, free housing, free retirement income, etc. All I want - all I ever wanted the government to do is get the hell out of my way.



RE: Which PDAs?
Captain Hair @ 10/23/2004 10:32:01 AM #
All I had to do was sat something and Viola!, it's back? interesting...

I want a Treo 650. Now.

Still waiting...

Still waiting...

I guess not. Poo.

"People who think they're smart annoy those of us who are."

RE: Which PDAs?
Captain Hair @ 10/23/2004 10:36:21 AM #
Amen, Gekko!

"People who think they're smart annoy those of us who are."
RE: Which PDAs?
Captain Hair @ 10/23/2004 10:46:04 AM #
>"Live your life as if the government doesn't exist."

What? Don't vote? Not only are we biased, we don't give a damn who could end up in charge and make decisions that'll affect your life? I sincerely hope you are never allowed to talk to America's youth, "Hey kids, forget that there's a government. You don't used that..."

"People who think they're smart annoy those of us who are."

REPUBLICANS VS. LIBERAL DEMOCRATS
Gekko @ 10/23/2004 11:31:45 AM #
REPUBLICANS VS. LIBERAL DEMOCRATS

1. CRIME
Republicans Believe that the needs of communities and law-abiding citizens must take priority over those of criminals.
Liberal Democrats have an extremist record of placing the rights of criminals above all, including freeing violent criminals on legal technicalities.

2. NATIONAL DEFENSE
Republicans Believe that the only way to live free from foreign aggression is to maintain peace through strength.
Liberal Democrats would unilaterally disarm. They impose their agenda by continually voting to divert defense funds to expand social programs.

3. EDUCATION
Republicans Believe that students must be challenged to learn in a school environment that is safe for students and teachers. Parents must be offered more opportunities and options and the massive bureaucracy must be reduced.
Liberal Democrats have imposed discredited social experiments upon our schools, dumbing down the curriculum. Together with left-wing union bosses, they fight attempts to reduce the bloated education bureaucracy.

4. TAXES
Republicans Believe that Americans should keep more of what they earn through lower taxes and that tax policy should not suppress incentive by penalizing success.
Liberal Democrats relentlessly use propaganda to promote the failed premise that America can tax its way to prosperity. They wage class warfare against successful Americans through regressive taxes.

5. SPENDING
Republicans have long believed that government should not spend more than it takes in and have consistently fought for a balanced budget.
Liberal Democrats have a sad history of spending taxpayers' money to expand government bureaucracy and fighting against a balanced budget.

6. MEDICARE/SOCIAL SECURITY
Republicans Believe that the seniors' safety net must be preserved for today's beneficiaries and for the millions who will need it tomorrow.
Liberal Democrats shamelessly scare and frighten our seniors, acting as if nothing needs to be done, offering no solutions to a true problem.

7. GOD
Republicans Believe, as the founding fathers before us, that God was a major factor in the creation of this nation and that efforts to remove Him from society altogether must be reversed.
Liberal Democrats are aligned with extreme left-wing elements that God should be totally excluded from public utterances.


ARNOLD
Gekko @ 10/23/2004 11:34:35 AM #

"As a kid I saw the socialist country that Austria became after the Soviets left. I love Austria and I love the Austrian people but I always knew America was the place for me. In school, when the teacher would talk about America, I would daydream about coming here. I would sit for hours watching American movies transfixed by my heroes like John Wayne. Everything about America seemed so big to me so open, so possible. I finally arrived here in 1968. I had empty pockets, but I was full of dreams. The presidential campaign was in full swing. I remember watching the Nixon and Humphrey presidential race on TV. A friend who spoke German and English, translated for me. I heard Humphrey saying things that sounded like socialism, which is what I had just left. But then I heard Nixon speak. He was talking about free enterprise, getting government off your back, lowering taxes and strengthening the military. Listening to Nixon speak sounded more like a breath of fresh air. I said to my friend, "What party is he?" My friend said, "He's a Republican." I said, "Then I am a Republican!" And I've been a Republican ever since! And trust me, in my wife's family, that's no small achievement! I'm proud to belong to the party of Abraham Lincoln, the party of Teddy Roosevelt, the party of Ronald Reagan and the party of George W. Bush."
"My fellow immigrants, my fellow Americans, how do you know if you are a Republican? I'll tell you how. If you believe that government should be accountable to the people, not the people to the government, then you are a Republican! If you believe a person should be treated as an individual, not as a member of an interest group, then you are a Republican! If you believe your family knows how to spend your money better than the government does, then you are a Republican! If you believe our educational system should be held accountable for the progress of our children, then you are a Republican! If you believe this country, not the United Nations, is the best hope of democracy in the world, then you are a Republican! And, ladies and gentlemen, if you believe we must be fierce and relentless and terminate terrorism, then you are a Republican! There is another way you can tell you're a Republican. You have faith in free enterprise, faith in the resourcefulness of the American people, and faith in the U.S. economy." - Arnold Schwarzenegger, 2004 Republican National Convention

"During the campaign for governor, I watched an amazing moment. Arnold Schwarzenegger had just given a speech at Modesto. And a kid, about 12 years old, ran up to the bus and just touched the bus, crashing through - passing all these state troopers and ran away, an almost sacramental thing you go through, with a young kid so impressed by a world-class, global celebrity like Arnold Schwarzenegger." - Chris Matthews



RE: Which PDAs?
Strider_mt2k @ 10/23/2004 12:30:54 PM #
It boils down to this:

Republicans give our money to their rich friends.

Democrats give our money to their poor friends.

Those of us unfortunate enough to be caught in the middle pay either way.

RE: Which PDAs?
Admin @ 10/23/2004 1:46:52 PM #
Captain Hair, I can assure you your post was never removed/censored. The mods haven't touched a post here.

-Ryan

Mm-hmmm
JMik @ 10/23/2004 3:03:49 PM #
Wow, Gekko, do you really believe all that simplistic drivel you just spewed forth? It's pretty funny that you talk about Republicans fighting for a balanced budget when they've amassed one of the biggest deficits in recorded history.
RE: Which PDAs?
mikecane @ 10/23/2004 4:10:43 PM #
Capt Hair: My reply comment was not directed at you, but at superdork.

RE: Which PDAs?
mikecane @ 10/23/2004 4:12:10 PM #
@Gekko's dumb quotes: Yah, Ahrnold. Love dem steroids, too, dontcha?

RE: Which PDAs?
Foo Fighter @ 10/23/2004 7:48:03 PM #
Gah! You people are all sheep. If you really believe in change, the most logical course of action is to end the two-party system and unseat both parties from power. But no...you don't have the intelligence or the guts to vote other than Democrat or Republican.

What really makes me sick to my stomach is that nearly half a billion dollars has been spent on these two unworthy candidates. Money that could have been spent on far more worthy ventures.

Oh, and by the way Mike. Kerry has actually received a larger percentage of his contributions from companies and special interest groups than Bush. Not that it really matters. No matter who wins, we all lose. George Washington was right when he warned the public against the creation of political parties.

Take my advice; drown the donkey and shoot the elephant. Vote a different choice!

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Gary Coleman was robbed. Everyone knows he won in California
The_Voice_of_Reason @ 10/23/2004 9:15:31 PM #
'Nuff said.


F. Aaaaahnold. Coleman for prez NOW!



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RE: Which PDAs?
mikecane @ 10/24/2004 1:14:10 PM #
Foo, are you sleep deprived or what? I'm voting for NADER. The rest of the sheep can keep baa-baa-baa-ing to this nation's self-inflicted doom. The rest of you had better wake up: There's only ONE political party in this country and it markets itself under TWO brand names: Republican and Democrat.

Neither Bush nor that prat Kerry can stand up against *NADER*'s record of *real* public service. And he did it way before we have the media whorage of today.

You want CHANGE? Vote Different!

RE: Which PDAs?
nickgold @ 10/24/2004 2:11:32 PM #
"7. GOD
Republicans Believe, as the founding fathers before us, that God was a major factor in the creation of this nation and that efforts to remove Him from society altogether must be reversed.
Liberal Democrats are aligned with extreme left-wing elements that God should be totally excluded from public utterances."

This should really scare the bejesus out of everybody else in the world. It frightens the crap out of me, a citizen of the USA.

The power-holders in the USA feel that the US has a divine right to do anything it wants in the name of "freedom" for the world (freedom to be dominated by the USA, "God's Favorite Country (tm)."

This is Bush's underlying principle, and it's basically the kind of crap that Hitler spewed. What should also scare you is that we spend more on our military than the next 10 largest nations put together. We got so many nukes we just don't know what to do with them, but we SHOULD be able to use them "preemptively" according to the Bush Administration's official doctrine.

It also scares me that so many Americans just eat up the official line, mostly due to the highly successful mass mind control operation known as "9-11." You know most of the US Constitution and Bill of Rights have been scrapped since 9/11/2001? That kinda ticks me off.

Divine Intervention
Gekko @ 10/24/2004 3:25:47 PM #

I believe it was Divine Intervention that George W. Bush was elected President. I believe God put George W. Bush in office to fight evil in the world. I believe liberals like Al Gore and John Kerry don't have the stomach to go after terrorists.

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=40088



Trolling, trolling, trolling... RAWHIDE!
The_Voice_of_Reason @ 10/24/2004 3:49:51 PM #
I believe Geeko is a 12 year old child that is laughing his head off at how easy it is to troll the readers of Palminfocenter.

I believe eventually everyone will realize he's joking and will just ignore his posts.

This messageboard really needs killfile capability.



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RE: Which PDAs?
Foo Fighter @ 10/24/2004 5:15:12 PM #
Gekko, the electoral college put George Bush in office, not divine intervention. It sares me to belive that anyone would entertains such thoughts, though I'm sure you were only joking.

Speaking of which - During the 2000 election I was stunned to watch reactions from the unwashed masses, illustrating just how ignorant Americans are of their own political system! People were like..."what hell is this electoral vote bull****? Doesn't my vote count?". A woman interviewed by one local news program in my area even believed that the electoral college was some conspiracy created by the Republican party! Hello! Why do you think we stare at a map with all those blue and red states on election night? And these people have the right to vote? Scary.

Maybe if Americans would spend more interest and attention on the world around them instead of watching ridiculous "reality" TV shows (I use quotes because reality TV is anything BUT real. It's all scripted and the characters who star on such shows are paid actors..yet the public is too dumb to catch on) perhaps the public wouldn't be taken by surprise the next time this happens.

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RE: Which PDAs?
statik @ 10/25/2004 3:33:06 PM #
"(I use quotes because reality TV is anything BUT real. It's all scripted and the characters who star on such shows are paid actors..yet the public is too dumb to catch on)"

Strange... I consider this years elections to be the biggest "Reality TV" show of them all. Winner gets the presidency, loser is voted out of the whitehouse. Not much different than "Survivor" or "American Idol" imho.

RE: Which PDAs?
RhinoSteve @ 10/25/2004 5:21:03 PM #
Ok my turn!

It all comes down to personal responsibility and if your lifestyle contributes to survival of the human race.

Republicans: minimal and non centrist, let the people do what they want and most of all, live off the results of your actions. Does homosexuality promote surival? You choose and you are not using my tax dollars to hide from the effect.

Democrats: centrist and tries to replace their finite wisdom by pushing out God. Historially, this approach doesn't work and socially implodes after seven generations like the old Soviet system.

Libertarians: Pretty much an even balance of the best of the above two. Unfortunately, never properlly organized and haven't learned to work the media right.

To top is off, here is my prediciton for the party distribution of the US House circa 2040 with the Internet killing off big media influence: 70% Republican, 20% Democratic and 10% Libertarian.

RE: Which PDAs?
mikecane @ 10/26/2004 8:18:39 AM #
My head is spinning! Did Gekko *really* mention divine intervention? And did Rhino *really* say the Demos were *centrist*?

Next thing, I'll find out palmOne has released a T5 ROM update...

RE: Which PDAs?
Foo Fighter @ 10/30/2004 9:54:42 PM #
>> "Strange... I consider this years elections to be the biggest "Reality TV" show of them all. Winner gets the presidency, loser is voted out of the whitehouse. Not much different than "Survivor" or "American Idol" imho."

Ha! Good point. Let's call it...Who wants to be leader of the free world?. Hosted by Dan Rather.

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Stirrin' the Pot

LiveFaith @ 10/22/2004 4:43:20 PM #
Ryan,
You just had to stir the pot on this one. :-) This ought to be some intersting reading from here on out.


Pat Horne; www.churchoflivingfaith.com

RE: Stirrin' the Pot
LiveFaith @ 10/22/2004 4:48:28 PM #
The following link has everything you need to know before going to the polls. At least on the Georgia ballot. :-O

http://churchoflivingfaith.com/images/prez04.html

Pat Horne; www.churchoflivingfaith.com

RE: Stirrin' the Pot
Ba-gug @ 10/22/2004 5:01:02 PM #
Do the Repub's have theirs shaped like a Elephant, and the Dem's like a Donkey?

"Hambug or Ba-gug, that's me.!"
RE: Stirrin' the Pot
Wollombi @ 10/23/2004 2:45:34 AM #
>>"The following link has everything you need to know before going to the polls. At least on the Georgia ballot."<<

Well, if elected, that ought to clear up Willie's tax mess... =P

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