Re: Cue Cat tests -- preliminary thumbs up

From: Jan Karrman <jan_at_it_dot_uu_dot_se>
Date: Thu Sep 18 2003 - 03:51:50 CDT

On Wed, 17 Sep 2003 Adechert@aol.com wrote:

> I got my shipment of 18 Cue Cat scanners today. They came to about $1.30 ea
> including shipping:
> http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2752079970
>
> I printed out (on 600 DPI HP LJ 4) the dummy ballot Jan gave us
>
> http://user.it.uu.se/~jan/voting-project/ballot.pdf
>
> It took a little practice swiping the reading across the barcode but with a
> little experimenting, I got so it would read just about every swipe.

Great!

I haven't used a Cue Cat myself. The one I use at work is of the
same type, though - i.e it is swiped over the bar code. One common
mistake unexperienced users make is scanning too slow. Also, one
should start a bit in front of, and continue the movement a bit
beyond the bar code.

>
> These were "unmodifed" meaning that they needed some hack to make them output
> unencrypted symbols. Actually, it's not absolutely necessary to modify them.
> Some guys have provided code to unencrypt the output. I tried the code Dave
> Schnee offers and it worked fine:
> http://www.schnee.com/Cue_Cat_Writeup.pdf
>

There seem to be several Python scripts available as well. The
one I downloaded seems to work fine:

ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/ports/distfiles/cuecat-1.1.tar.gz

>
> I am asking Jan to give us more samples of various lengths of barcodes to
> test with.
>

I'll make a few samples at different font sizes you can test with.

/Jan
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