Monday, January 22, 2007

Old wine in new bottles

Now call me crazy but doesn't the IntelliScanner look an awful lot like the Symbol CS1504??

Didn't Symbol all but shutter their consumer barcode scanner division years ago? Cuz no one bought into it? Cuz no one cared??

Now honestly. How many of you feel like your life is empty and meaningless because you don't a.) carry a barcode scanner on your keychain and b.) scan and catalog everything you own?

That's what I thought.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

RFID tattoos for cows

All I can say after reading this article is THANK GOD I DON'T EAT MEAT.

Regular readers all know that I'm no fan of RFID. I do however love barcode tattoos.

I'm going to file this little tidbit under technology chasing a non-issue or a solution in search of a problem or simply misguided nerds.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Those new RFID-enabled passports

If you have a newly issued US passport, you have an RFID-enabled passport. Wanna kill the RFID chip? Here's how.

Reminds me of the old saying, "Every problem is a nail if the only tool you have is a hammer."

Me? My passport application is sitting here on the table in front of me. Looks like I missed the cutoff and my soon-to-be-issued passport will have hammer bait in it.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

UPC barcode thievery

Now this is the way not to use a barcode to commit crime. When I first started writing barcode software several friends suggested we go shopping together with home-made barcodes.

I quickly realized that I could make more money selling barcode software than I could using barcodes to steal. Plus I get to sleep better at night.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

And the winner is... RFID!!!!

If I had a dollar for every time I read an article about how RFID is going to take over the world, I wouldn't have to sell barcode software.

Tongue in cheek humor acknowledged.