[clug] barcode scanners

Michael Cohen scudette at gmail.com
Wed Mar 17 05:19:25 MDT 2010

Hi Steve,
  We used them @ work a while back - they are not that expensive
(around $100) and they basically look like a USB keyboard so they
basically "type" the barcode when scanned. As such no need for drivers
- you can write any app to process them in whatever way you want.


On Wed, Mar 17, 2010 at 10:15 PM, steve jenkin <sjenkin at canb.auug.org.au> wrote:
> Anybody have one or use one they could recommend?
> Or the converse - what not to get?
> I've only ever used one or two in my work, and didn't purchase or test
> them.  In accidental reading, I've seen it said laser scanners (think
> supermarkets) are the benchmark.
> I'd expect very pricey unless second-hand or rent-by-the-week.
> I was thinking of scanning the ISBN/EAN-13 barcodes of my books as the
> first step in cataloguing them... Hopefully quick and easy.
> I google'd for FOSS projects that could use images from a camera and
> found this:
> <http://code.google.com/p/zxing/>
> Finally decided even if Zxing worked well, it'd be a lot more work :-)
> Even some dodgy piece of cheap junk would work better and faster.
> thanks in advance
> s
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