[DWJ] Another question for the brain trust

Otter Perry ottertee at silverwinggraphics.com
Wed May 2 10:37:32 EDT 2007

There are handheld scanners which download to your computer.
I saw one for $299.99 which holds 150 barcodes.

As far as matching up your barcodes to products, I don't think
that's a big problem.  I've noticed places -- like BookMooch --
where you can enter the barcode and it gives you all the information
for listing the book.

The scanner that was advertised had this description:

Barcode scanning will become a compulsion...

If you're any kind of geek at all, (and if not, what are you doing 
here?) you probably have lots of stuff. Gobs and piles and heaps and 
stacks and bundles and boxes worth of various stuff. Whether it's your 
Criterion Collection edition of Kagemusha, your complete collection of 
Buffy, The Vampire Slayer, your treasured Amazing Spiderman issue 300, 
or maybe your secret shame - your ultra-rare copy of Britney Spears' 
Toxic... you've amassed a huge collection, and it's critical you keep 
tabs on it.

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Luckily, most things have barcodes, and we've got a barcode reader. Not 
only does this teeny little handheld read those barcodes, it can do so 
without a computer attached to it. Take it to where your stuff is, scan 
up to 150 barcodes, and return to your computer to download the list. 
Intelliscanner Mini includes software to manage your wine collection, 
home inventory, groceries, books, cds, dvds, and even comic books!

Not only does it maintain your lists, it will keep track of your 
lending, so if Phil borrowed your copy of Casino Royale, you can be 
damn sure he'll give it back. Stupid Phil.

What's more, the grocery manager not only helps you track the contents 
of your pantry, but also helps you manage your recipes. So, if some 
Stuffed Peppers or Chicken Tikka Masala strikes your fancy, the 
database can tell you up front if you've got the ingredients, and will 
help you make your shopping list for what you're missing. How freaking 
cool is that?

Battery powered, so you can scan anywhere
Included neck lanyard with detachable clip
Integrated scan and delete buttons (add and remove scanned barcodes 
Built-in memory chip stores scans until you plug it in
Integrated Class 2 laser scanning engine
Powered by standard watch batteries (included)
USB interface to download barcode information
RoHS compliant

[ http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/electronic/9197/ ]

On May 1, 2007, at 7:20 PM, Mark Allums wrote:

> Was the scanner attached to anything, like a laptop computer?  There 
> is a device called a CueCat that is available in the US from a 
> marketing idea that flopped, and it can be bought from various outlets 
> cheap and used for reading UPCs and ISBNs.  I can't answer about the 
> database the guy was using, but I expect there exists one or several 
> that price out books, since at every college and university, they know 
> exactly how much to give when they buy back used textbooks.  It's 
> probably a wholesaler's "guild" thing.
> --Mark Allums
> Melissa Proffitt wrote:
>> So I was in the thrift store buying books for my friend's library and 
>> I saw,
>> again, a couple of boys (fine, yes, they were early twenties, I'm 
>> just old)
>> with a bitty hand-held scanner going over the ISBN bar codes.  This 
>> is not
>> the first time I've seen this, and I asked one of the kids before 
>> (they've
>> all been early-twenties males, what's up with that) what he was 
>> doing.  He
>> said that he was a "book collector" and he was determining which 
>> books were
>> worth buying.  The scan returns some minimal data on resale price or
>> something.
>> I'm too lazy to figure out how to even start looking this up online 
>> (also I
>> have a meeting in about forty minutes), so I thought I'd let all 
>> y'all do
>> the work for me.  What exactly is going on here?  Where does the data 
>> come
>> from?  Are they trying to build personal libraries that their heirs 
>> will
>> someday come to blows over, or just make a killing on eBay?  It looks 
>> like
>> they're trying to use technology as a substitute for actual 
>> knowledge, but
>> for all I know this is some semi-secret boys' club where they collect
>> obscure juvenile biographies like twelve-year-olds collect Pokemon 
>> cards.
>> Or, you know, whatever kids collect these days.
>> Melissa Proffitt
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