is a handheld barcode scanner
being given away for free by Radio Shack
. :CueCat connects
to your PC
Radio Shack gives these devices away for free with their catalog. If you see an item you like in the catalog, just scan in the accompanying barcode and it will transport you to a page containing relevant information on RadioShack.com.
Currently, :CueCat is distributed with software for Macintosh and Windows operating systems only. Several tinkering Linux users decided to write their own device drivers and applications which would allow them to use the device on their computers running the Linux operating system. The manufacturer of :CueCat, Digital Convergence sent these individuals letters ordering them to stop developing and distributing this software. According to Digital Convergence, they are just attempting to protect their Intellectual Property Rights (by preventing people from playing with their hardware ?!).
http://www.flyingbuttmonkeys.com/ and click on "CueCat Decoder" for more information.
10/9/00 - tregoweth
has pointed out to me that the official :CueCat
software is not
available for even Mac OS
at this point, but only