Re: [SLUG] barcodes

From: Eben King (
Date: Tue May 26 2009 - 10:17:02 EDT

On Mon, 25 May 2009, Bill D wrote:

> On May 25, 2009 4:43 PM, "Eben King" <> wrote:
> > Can someone recommend a penlike or gunlike barcode reader? Something
> > wireless would be nice. Or are they all pretty much the same? And are
> > there a wide variety of coding styles, most of which are incompatible?
> > See, I'm looking to index all of our books (a few thousand, is my guess)
> > to make them searchable, print a DDS/LOC label, etc. Right now they're
> > a mess.

> As far as cataloging your books. I would suggest . It will
> use the barcode to pull all the info from the book from about 20 different
> sites such as amazon and library of congress.

Thanks. I've gotten a lot of good suggestions for the software.

As far as the hardware, are the readers all functionally identical? I
thought they would do decoding of the barcodes, and that depends on the
style of barcode used ("x of y" for particular values of x and y). Or is
one code-language so overwhelmingly popular that for all intents and
purposes all readers understand it? Is a reader that emulates a keyboard
the best type, or should I look for something unique?

For the computer, it definitely has to be quiet or silent, considering it'd
be next to a bedroom. I'd like something hand-held like a PDA, but I'd like
a decent-sized screen and usable keyboard more. Maybe a netbook with some
flavor of SSD?

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