Posted by giagia on Wednesday, April 25, 2007 · 18 Comments
Someone’s got a new toy… heh.
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Feel like I’ve missed something here.
Well, if I squint I see either a woman lying with her hands behind her head… or a fat kingfisher sitting on a branch. Although mainly I just see a bunch of black and white blocks.
I’m with Toby on this.
Um, okay–here’s a guess: it’s a Flickr photo-sharing ‘bar code’ that you can scan with the camera in your cell phone/crackberry?? I googled your tag and came up with very few websites, except for a Flickr photostream demonstration of some guy doing just that. Then I snooped around the net a little more and came up with the relevant article on Netscape.
It looks like it is only being widely-used in Japan. Here’s a question (naive though it might be):
Why not just type in the url for where you want to go in cyberspace? The keypad works very well on my husband’s CB.
It’s nothing to do with Flickr, but *is* a barcode used a lot in Japan… And readable by some mobiles here (some come with a reader built in, others can be turned into readers). There are also places online to encode and decode the codes. The big one in the post is, well, a post, not just a url. Jasmine’s is a reply. My second one is a reply to her. We’re talking through the barcodes (yea, dorky, but hey, that’s me) :)
It’s actually a really easy way of inputting information into your phone- business cards, for example, with all of your contact details which can simply be scanned and automatically put into your phone’s address book. They can be put in newspapers and magazines, on posters, packaging, stickers etc… I think they can handle something like 4,000 characters which is a lot of information…
Similar codes are used on US-VISIT visas to encode photographs and other information, and many package handling systems use them too.
Cool. Can I have one?
Suw, create your own code here, see if your phone is compatible and download a code reader for it here… if that doesn’t work you can decode images here… :)
So glad you agree, Amanda!
Do they sell these phones in the States? What do I look for on the package, and how much am I going to have to drop to get one?
My cell is complete shite.
BTW, does ‘Jas’ = ‘Jasmine’ = ‘Electronpusher’? That happens to be a fave blog of mine, along with yours of course :), and I was most disappointed to read the April 7, 2007 post, saying that she was going to stop blogging. Then there was a post on April 9th, 2007, so I am now very confused.
Yes, they do sell these phones in the States; no, you probably can’t get one from your network; no, you certainly can’t get one from Verizon (they use a dead-end technology that nobody’s interested in); they’re available for various amounts from expensive to cheap. If you’re on a GSM-based network (Cingular/AT&T or T-Mobile, at least, and probably a couple of others) then you can just buy a handset (try http://www.mobileplanet.com) and put your SIM card in it (it’s probably under the battery of your current phone).
Most of the phones supported by QR are smartphones, and most smartphones run SymbianOS. All of Nokia’s recent N and E series phones are Symbian phones. I particularly recommend the E70 and the expensive but ultra-nice N95- though you might want to wait a few months for the second software release on the N95. These phones have all sorts of cool features and you can even install your own software on them.
And yes, Jas does equal Jasmine and yes, I did write Electronpusher. The post on 9th April was me saying “the end”.
I got my n95 for free… but then Orange were just being nice…
Boooo to Jasmine saying ‘the end’. (btw, Jas, Brian may be coming to Google in August… I’ll keep you informed)
Thanks for the advice, Jasmine! Our cells are on the Sprint network. Aaron’s work phone is on the Verizon network, so he certainly can’t use QB code. I’ll keep a lookout for the N95. I’m sorry to hear that that was the end RE your blog, and, after re-reading what you wrote, I can understand your reasoning, although I am saddened by it. The ‘Discussion’ sections on Yahoo! news were closed recently because of rampant misuse by spammers, teenage bratlings, unmannered boors, psychopaths, and various other undesirables.
Sorry to get off point, Gia! Part of this comment belongs in the post about the attack on Maryam, I think.
Orange kills the VoIP feature on the N95, don’t they?
During the past couple months on IMDB talking about ‘Sunshine’ there have been many, many times when I thought exactly what you do, Jasmine. The internet would be brilliant if it wasn’t for all the fucking idiots.
Seriously. Some people are just *dumb* and they aren’t even remotely ashamed to scream that from the top of their lungs. The world needs a cull.
Apart from the idiots, though, blogging is over. So 2004.
This is when wars begin?
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