The really bad idea that won’t die (continued)

On October 8, 2003 , I first wrote on this blog how strange I thought it was that people actually slept through some of the more bizarre and strange ideas of the late 90s like the CueCat. That was my first-ever post about the re-emergence of Cue-cat-esque ideas that use cell-phone cameras to read bar codes because, and I’m guessing here because I’ve never really understood why, people apparently can’t type in URLs.

On January 31, 2006, I wrote about another CueCatesque cell-phone TV barcode reading solution to a problem that doesn’t exist.

Fast-forward to today and, well, every old dumb thing is new dumb thing again. And just because it’s Google this time doesn’t make it not dumb.

That said, I must admit that I found myself in a bookstore recently where I snapped a cover of a book with my iPhone so that I’d remember the name later. It sure would be convenient if I could go ahead and snap that barcode and have Amazon deliver me the book the next morning. (That was a joke, people.)

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