Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Barcode Prank Video

Everyone loves a good prank, especially a barcode prank. Watch this video of a great barcode scanning prank.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Don't like RFID chips? Beat 'em!

I'm no big fan of RFID chips as regular readers of this blog will attest. But whodda thunk someone would document how to destroy RFID chips? With a hammer no less!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

China Doesn't Like Barcodes

Azalea software has been selling barcodes worldwide for years now. That includes China, or at least it used to. We seem to have had one visitor on 23sep07 from Beijing and then our traffic from China seems to have dried up overnight. And we even have pages in Chinese too.

The only explanation we can come up with is that our URL hit someone's desk and our about us page did what it's supposed to: tell the world who and what we are.

Guess the Chinese don't like the Tibetan Technology Center or the Burma Media Association, Electronic Frontier Foundation or any one of a number of groups we support. Speaks volumes about Beijing, now don't it?

Our response? Tor. Remember Comrades: information (and people) want to be free!

Thank you for guiding us towards another worthy project we can support!

Friday, April 04, 2008

Barcode Music!

As a fan of 8-bit music I was delighted to stumble across across a way to make music from barcodes.

A grrl nerd doing art with barcodes. I'm in love!

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Texas City Smarter Than Federal Emergency Management Agency

The city of Houston, TX has found a unique solution to the frightening disconnection that familes often suffer during disasters. Rather than relying on hand-written signs, word of mouth or spotty cellphone coverage, families, hospitals, evacuation centers and emergency officals can now utilyze barcode bracelets to help locate and track families separated in the chaos of an emergency.

If only FEMA (a division of the Dept. of Homeland Security, doncha know) had this kind of acumen. During oh, say, Hurricane Katrina.