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  Using the Cue Cat Optical Reader to Catalog CED Titles
A cheap CueCat can be used with the macro to generate a list of CED titles from the scanned bar codes, but there is a catch- the CueCat outputs the bar code in an encrypted form that the macro doesn't understand.
Each CueCat has a unique serial number that becomes associated with your personal demographic data when the device is registered via the CRQ software.
Possibly the main obstacle to the success of both the CueCat and the TV convergence cable is the need to be at your computer to scan a code or have the computer close to the TV to capture an audio cue.
www.cedmagic.com /cuecat/cuecat.html   (2553 words)

 CueCat Resources   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-02)
The CueCat® is a barcode scanner being passed out for free at various places along with a Windows9x® driver/package called CRQ.
In it's intended use the pair is probably one of the most blatent privacy violations ever committed against a clueless populace, but once you strip away the unique serial number and the lame attempt to obfuscate the output it is a fairly good general purpose barcode scanner.
A Cuecat Decoder in JavaScript by Daniel Hull.
www.beau.lib.la.us /~jmorris/linux/cuecat   (1290 words)

 Practical Uses for CueCat
CueCat is a cool product, but so far everything I've heard about CueCat doesn't impress me much.
A particularly good use of Cuecat would be to avoid buying products with which you don't agree with the ethics of the manufacturer.
Perhaps have a cuecat plugged into a laptop with an airport card and have the machine beep, or play music or something based on which companies are behind which products.
www.advogato.org /article/175.html   (1764 words)

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Slashdot is where I first read about the cuecat device, in their Aug 22 edition.
They've even put a form for direct cuecat data entry on their page, that lets you scan an item in the (relative) privacy of your home and get the translated version of the data via your browser (after disabling your CRQ software, of course).
As far as we can tell, when the CueCat successfully completes a scan of any bar code, it transmits not only it's device-id but also a code that appears to be a serial number--a unique, unit-id identifying number.
www.xmission.com /~rebling/pub/cuecat.html   (1114 words)

 CueCat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The :CueCat is a cat-shaped handheld barcode reader developed in the late 1990s by the now-defunct DigitalConvergence Corporation, which connected to computers using the PS/2 keyboard port and later USB.
The :CueCat enabled users to link to an Internet URL by scanning a barcode appearing in an article, catalog or on some other printed matter.
Due to the weak obfuscation of the data, the software for decoding the CueCat's output quickly appeared on the Internet, followed by a plethora of unofficial applications.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/CueCat   (784 words)

 Salon.com Technology | A scanner darkly
Even if the CueCat were a cinch to install and worked with rock-solid reliability, there are a million problems with this concept.
The CueCat folks have now sent out oodles of free hardware to customers of Wired, Forbes and other business partners, at no doubt a considerable cost -- and if my experience is any guide they are going to find themselves with precious few users.
The CueCat doesn't even merit the status of a kludge, since it doesn't seem to work very well and doesn't really solve a problem; it's more of a Rube Goldberg contraption, an improbable creation that accomplishes nothing but that's absurd in its complexity.
archive.salon.com /tech/col/rose/2000/09/15/cuecat/print.html   (1245 words)

 CueCat Mirror List   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-02)
When you receive a CueCat at Radio Shack, or from Forbes for that matter, this serial number can be associated with your name, address, phone number, or whatever else Forbes or Radio Shack happens to know about you.
The CueCat could not only direct you to the product you are interested in, it could be used for involuntary data mining.
All alternative uses for the CueCat device that do not generate marketing information for Digital Convergence, be it as a doorstop, nightlight, or whatever, reduces their return on investment in the manufacture and distribution of the device.
www.lemuria.org /mirrors/CueCat   (1281 words)

 CueCat Rollout Proceeds Amid Debate
NEW YORK –– Bar codes for Internet scanners called CueCats made their latest debut in print Sunday in The Dallas Morning News, even as the creators of this new technology grapple with concerns about privacy and ease of use.
The idea behind the CueCat is that a bar code printed in a story, advertisement or catalog could direct a user to a page deep within a Web site, saving several clicks of the mouse to find specific information such as a product description or movie listings in a certain neighborhood.
Forbes, which mailed out CueCat readers to all 830,000 of its subscribers last month, is getting a good response so far, but Forbes president Jim Berrien said the magazine could end up going a different way, based on the response from readers.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-srv/aponline/20001002/aponline001832_000.htm   (719 words)

 Getting your CueCat declawed
Although each CueCat has a unique serial identifier, each CueCat package has the exact same barcode on the front (which is what the clerk scans in).
And David Forbes notes that DC's EULA (http://www.digitalconvergence.com/ula.html) not only states that the CueCat is only 'on loan' to the user, but also that "you may not reverse engineer, disassemble, modify, rent, lease, loan, sublicense, or distribute the :CueCat reader".
Glenn Powers is giving DC hell over the fact that they are sending out unsolicited CueCats via the USPS yet their EULA still claims that the item is on loan...
blort.org /cuecat/haveblue   (5614 words)

 USB Cuecat How To   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-02)
This applies to the USB version of the CueCat, which works on PC's as well as Mac's.
The only true difference between the PS2 and USB CueCats is that the USB versions enter into a "sleep mode" when not being used, this takes several minutes.
This is a very simple process and starts by removing the 2 screws at the bottom of the Cuecat.
www.mavin.com /cuecat   (292 words)

 :CueCat Principles of Operation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-02)
The goal of this series of essays is to educate and entertain people who are interested in the inner workings of computer devices in general, and nifty give-aways like the :CueCat in particular.
The scope of the essays is to describe the working characteristics of the :CueCat barcode wand that can be ascertained without disassembly or probing of the internal circuitry of the unit.
As a service to those wanting to know more about the company that invented the :CueCat, you can find a stripped-down version of their SEC filing.
www.fluent-access.com /wtpapers/cuecat/index.html   (1125 words)

 :CueCat Decoder
A :CueCat is a barcode scanner that plugs into a PC's keyboard port.
One of the best things about a :CueCat is that you can get one absolutely free from your friendly neighborhood Radio Shack.
\CUECAT.XPL 19-MAY-2001 \:CueCat Decoder \32-bit XPL (XPLP) must be used because of the 24-bit value in the Decode proc.
www.idcomm.com /personal/lorenblaney/cuecat.html   (293 words)

 Readerware - CueCat Bar Code Reader
Millions of CueCats were given away at Radio Shack stores and with magazine subscriptions.
The CueCat is available in PS/2 keyboard wedge and USB versions.
CueCat® is (or was) a registered trademark of Digital Convergence Corporation.
www.readerware.com /rwcuecat.html   (372 words)

 CueCat Hacks - Accipiter.org
The CueCat is a nifty little piece of hardware.
The software that comes with the CueCat reads the barcodes you scan, connects to the main server, and compares the barcode you scanned with the ones present in its database.
The reason it's not simply a numeric sequence, is because the makers of the CueCat didn't want their toy to be used for reasons other than its intended purposes.
www.accipiter.org /projects/cat.php   (1022 words)

 Hack your Cue Cat! Decrypt its output without special software, disable its serial number (easy hacks)
There is now a USB version of CueCat; and as far as I can determine, the "neutering" instructions are the same (the new :Cat also uses a 93C46-series EEPROM).
The standard privacy warnings apply (and then some!) to using this cable for its intended purpose of reading CueCat audiocodes from your TV set--this is a good way to tell a notoriously loose-lipped company what kind of TV shows you watch, but doesn't convey to you, Dear Consumer, anything useful in return.
Quick CueCat Modification Solutions - Instructions for performing the "Decode" hack on the three major boards, and offers to do it for you for a small fee.
www.cexx.org /cuecat.htm   (5030 words)

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Just swipe a cue with your :CueCat™ reader and you are there.
You can also sign up to receive a free :CueCat™ reader at http://www.getyourcat.com or stop by your local Radio Shack (pending availability).
To learn more about the :CueCat™ reader technology and the CRQ™ software, please go to www.digitalconvergence.com.
www.forbes.com /fdc/cuecat.shtml   (359 words)

 Quick CueCat Modification Solutions
So it is well worth it to modify your cuecat or have your cuecat modified.
This activation key was originally required to activate the software that came with the cuecat.
Congradulations, your USB cuecat is now functioning as a commercial barcode scanner.
members.aol.com /cuecatguy   (691 words)

 CueCat Mirror List
The CueCat was recently choosen as toy of the year in the Linux Journal Editor's Choice awards, which is actually what prompted me to finally update everything.
I re-added the essay becuase the Linux Journal article might attract a number of poeple who are not familer with the CueCat issue and history.
Removed the essay (by this point, I think many poeple are already quite familier with the cuecats nature, and it got in the way of the mirror list).
michael.toren.net /mirrors/cuecat   (1670 words)

 CueCat: News, Information and Software for the Free Software Community   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-02)
San Jose Mercury News, Oct 5, 2000 : "Re-engineering the CueCat" Unfortunately, this is one of those stupid newspapers that charges for back-issues via the web -- which more or less insures that no one will read their paper for old information.
Executing the CueCat for treason, machine-gunning the cuecat, and other fun weekend stuff from the fine people at killcat.com, ":Killing your :Cat -- Your :Guide to :Catricide".
Using the CueCat Scanner to Catalog CED Titles, a how-to for windows-using CED-owning people with cuecats.
www.flyingbuttmonkeys.com /foocat   (1342 words)

 Will privacy kill the CueCat? | Tech News on ZDNet
Its free CueCat bar-code scanners were shipped to half a million consumers last week.
And last week, Digital:Convergence revealed that its servers had been hacked and that possibly some information leaked out to unknown attackers, but only after the company was notified of the problem by Internet security site SecurityWatch.com.
Consumers believing the company's data collection claims will be key to Digital:Convergence's standardizing the CueCat system as the way to connect real-world objects to additional information on the Web, stated the startup in its application for an initial public offering.
www.zdnet.com /zdnn/stories/news/0,4586,2631166,00.html   (1061 words)

 The CueCat
This site will look much better in a browser that supports web standards, but it is accessible to any browser or Internet device.
Some of us were determined to liberate the CueCat for use as a general purpose bar code scanner.
While we find the CueCat an interesting toy (after all, we do sell barcode software), it has been relegated to a footnote in the history of barcodes and auto ID. While Azalea Software is a big fan and proponent of consumer auto ID, the CueCat was not the approach.
www.azalea.com /CueCat   (231 words)

 LLRX.com - Notes from the Tech Trenches: The :CueCat Conflict, October 16, 2000
Beyond that, the :CueCat could be used to link television programs, soup cans, books, VCRs and even the radio to the Internet.
It is designed to hook up to your computer’s keyboard port to be used as a barcode reader to feed information from the device into proprietary software that correlates barcode numbers into related Internet addresses.
In assessing the :CueCat for this column, I had fully intended to evaluate the features of the device as a primary focus of this review, considering such things as: the complexity of the URLs associated with :CueCat barcodes and the degree to which UPCs and ISBNs are included in the existing :CueCat database.
www.llrx.com /columns/notes35.htm   (1651 words)

 CueCat Mirror List
The CueCat can not only just direct you to the product you are interested in, it could be used for involuntary data mining.
After the encrption scheme was decoded (One hesitates to call it encryption, as weak as it is) developers began working on extending the CueCat's functionality.
The CueCat scanner was given out for free, and the opensource community responded by developing software which opens up their market share.
www.ultradrive.com /files/cuecat/mirrors.html   (810 words)

 "CueCat" users' information let out of the bag | CNET News.com
RadioShack, one of the company's major partners, also began handing out the scanners, called CueCats, to customers in the United States.
But Mathews said the hacker was not able to gather any information about where members went on the Web or about the ads they scanned with the CueCats.
Although the CueCats and software are free to anyone who wants one, consumers who order one through the company's Web site have to pay about $10 for shipping and handling.
news.cnet.com /news/0-1007-200-2810594.html   (996 words)

 Linux Weekly News
It seems that such a driver violates the company's "intellectual property," though exactly what that property is has not yet been specified.
So companies that are paying Digital Convergence for the :CueCat referrals should be happy; happy customers are generally good for business.
Use of the :CueCat, it seems, requires sending in some personal information, along with the serial number of the device.
lwn.net /2000/0907   (1444 words)

 Getting your CueCat declawed   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-02)
Roughly when the :CueCat (or any other keyboard wedge device for that matter) wants to send some data to the computer it opens these switches breaking the connection between the keyboard and the computer.
Shakki pointed me towards this interesting post: http://www.topica.com/lists/pla_upl/read/message.html?mid=1702776249 Apparently, it's possible to disable the CueCat's (ridiculously weak) encryption by tying a particular line of the microcontroller to +5v.
Braddock Gaskill has a site up about DC and the CueCat as well as a little info on the other device (the audio cable that most people have overlooked) that DC is distributing: http://braddock.com/dc/
air-soldier.com /~cuecat   (8324 words)

 Killing your CueCat - mg   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-02)
A flock of CueCats perched on a fence are straffed by a full-auto AR15.
But don't worry, folks, being nothing more than inanimate consumer kipple, this is the high-point of their existence.
In phase 3, the surviving CueCats are attacked using 2- and 3-round bursts of automatic fire.
www.shepard.org /~mns/killcat/mg.shtml   (891 words)

 cuecat   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-02)
The Java version of the decoder was added and decoding of :Cue:Cat ":Cues" was improved.
Also, an inaccuracy in decoding of :Cue:Cat ":Cues" was corrected in the Microsoft Access© database (only).
When I received a *FREE* :Cue:Cat barcode reader at Radio Shack, I wondered why they were giving away such a nice toy.
www.schnee.com /cuecat.htm   (234 words)

 CueCatastrophe | Independent :CueCat™ Driver for Windows 2000 / WinXP   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-02)
Replace the software that is packaged with your :CueCat™ handheld optical barcode scanner by using this keyboard filter driver instead.
If you install the software that ships with your CueCat™, then you are exposing your purchase habits to the marketing database that Digital:Convergence™ maintains on you.
There is no way to "activate" your :CueCat with an activation code, since the company's servers are offline now.
cuecatastrophe.com   (641 words)

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