Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Barcode Printing in Crystal Reports 2008

Crystal Reports 2008 now features barcode support within this popular database reporting tool. What they didn't say when they announced Crystal Reports 2008 recently was that they've incorporated Azalea Software's barcode fonts into the product.

While Azalea has offered a plug-in that works with Crystal Reports for many years, their barcode fonts are now tightly woven into the fabric of Crystal.

[The sounds of cheering Crystal developers can be heard in the background.]

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Some Days We Regret Outgrowing Recreational Drugs

We present you Seikodo Corp's Barcode Kitties. Your guess is as good as ours.

And no, their whiskers don't scan, which hurts us down deep in our souls.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Azalea Origami

Or would that be origami azalea. Either way, here's our company's namesake done in folded paper.

And you thought we didn't have enough stuff to fill a blog named "Bar Code Nerds". Shame on you for not having faith in us!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

NJ Company Offers "Cost-Saving" Alternative to RFID

Secure Symbology wants to keep your food, your pharmaceuticals , nay your very Homeland Security™ safe! Using barcodes, natch, and "proprietary machines" which run only a quarter million dollars. Each.

"Secure Symbology's proprietary machines -- at a cost of $250,000 each -- imprint individual serial numbers on each package and shipping carton, allowing the manufacturer to follow the product on its journey along the distribution and sales trail."

Call me crazy but that sounds like any old barcode process. You know: buy reasonably-priced barcode software, dump your data in, get barcodes back, print with the hardware you've got.

'Course, if you want to spend 250K, more power to ya, hotshot.

Friday, October 19, 2007

UK Standards Body Does Musicians a Solid

GS1 UK, in conjunction with AIM and the BPI, will now distribute single GTINs to UK musicians and labels.

This is great news for indie bands and DIY music labels who previously couldn't afford the zillion dollar price tag on a full GS1 membership. For £25 (fiddy American dollars) a year, the little guys can now produce and sell their songs in the same channels as the big guys.

The question now is if/when it will become a global standard. We love GS1 US (Seriously. We love them) and trust that they'll do the right thing.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Putting the fun(k) in function

MagCulture takes a peek at Wallpaper mag's barcode whimsy, and Esquire UK's fun barcode designs.

Jetcityorange has a whole gallery devoted to DIY barcode art.

Yes it's true, barcodes (and barcode nerds) are hipper than you ever imagined.

Friday, October 12, 2007

The Idea That Never Dies

There will be a practical use for barcodes and cellphones. There will there will there will!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Charming Dutch Treehuggers Mangle English, Utilize Barcode

You may not be aware of this, but our daily shoppings contribute to the worldwide disappearance of our ancient forests. If you don't want this, let your government know by sending the text message 'FORESTFREE" to 4411.

From Greenpeace Netherlands

Friday, October 05, 2007

Barcode Clubs

Whether you're in Munich or Melbourne, Dublin, Sacramento or Richmond, VA, there's a place for you to shake your moneymaker like a true barcode nerd.

Also Greenville, NC, Edinburg, Texas, Bulgaria, Wales and London. Chances are you're within 50 miles of a barcode nightclub, cafe, bar, restaurant or lounge at this very moment. What are you waiting for?

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

666 in barcodes. NOT!

OK. It used to be funny. Now it just underlines how ignorant you are. Every time I see some knave repeating the "666 the Mark of the Beast is in UPC barcodes" urban myth I just want to gag.

Now repeat after me: 666 isn't part of UPC barcodes. Never was, never will be. There is no plot by Satan, the Devil, the Pope, or your ex- to use barcodes to a.) steal your soul, b.) further The Dark One's agenda or c.) activate the metal plate in your head. And no, UPC barcodes have nothing to do with the metal probe the aliens stuck up your ass that night.

So stop misquoting Revelation 13:16-18 you nitwits. I know where you live.

RFID hacking

Some of us here at Bar Code Nerds aren't exactly big fans of RFID. Self-interest and all, you know.

That said, one school of thought believes if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. To that end I pass this link on. DIY kids!