Thursday, March 22, 2007

Barcodes? It's not just me. YouTube too!

I know, I know. All y'all think I'm singularly obsessed with barcodes. Well, what if I am? At least I'm not alone.

A quick cruise through YouTube turned up multiple barcode-related videos. Don't believe me? Check it out:

video 1

video 2

video 3

video 4

See? It's not just me. Others too.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Barcodes Turn Up Everywhere

I'm not a big fan of consumer barcode applications but the RecyleBank seems to have a truly useful use.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Search Amazon by ISBN Number

ISBN-13 barcodes are the current standard for book barcodes, replacing the older Bookland barcodes. The big deal? ISBN numbers are now 13-digits making ISBN-13 barcodes GTIN-compliant. Yea!

If you need to convert the older 10-digit ISBN numbers to 13-digit ISBNs you can do so online.

Speaking of doing things ISBN-like online, how about searching Amazon by ISBN number? Pretty kewl, ehhh?

Monday, March 12, 2007

Barcode tattoos, GooglePigs, and zonkdogfology

barcode tatttoo
Congrats to JetCityOrange for collecting and displaying no less than 40 photos of barcode tattoos in an online photo gallery.

This is consistent with our thesis that barcodes have become cultural memes, part of our collective visual vocabulary.

BTW, the word of the day is "zonkdogfology", as in "GooglePig. Funny.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Azalea Software unveils new barcode web site

Azalea Software, those barcode software folks in Seattle, have a new barcode web site. Taking advantage of Google hosting, this growing bar code resource is available in multiple languages and highlights Azalea's barcode printing and bar code fonts.

The company FAQ alone is worth the visit. Compliments Azalea's about us page.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

RFID, the home version

It should be no surprise that I'm no fan of RFID. Sounds like Walmart is learning the same lesson (the hard way).

Now you too can play with RFID in the privacy of your own home. Amaze your friends, win the school's science fair, harass your sleeping roommates. All with the RFID home kit. So strange I couldn't possibly be making this up.

And if that ain't weird enough for you, how about a RFID stapler?

See? That's why I stick to barcodes myself.

Barcodes, as in "opera"

Regular readers are probably familiar with this gallery of barcode-inspired artwork.

Whilst trolling for new material, imagine my surprise when I came across barcodes in an opera costume. Not just any opera but "The Queen of Spades".

Additional proof that life is stranger than fiction.