One thing I’ve been working on the past few months has been inventory control. Not in depth, but I’ve been developing a few things that need greater control. So far, I’ve been entering information by hand, which is a real pain.
At Fry’s tonight, I finally found a barcode scanner with a USB cable. Not cheap, but not ridiculously expensive. They had a bunch there that didn’t say what type of connector they used, one that said PS/2, and then I finally found an open box unit that had the cable sticking out into the plastic, and it was USB!
I hook it up to my old laptop, the Mac identifies it as a keyboard, but it doesn’t know what kind. I find in the programing manual the right letters (z and /), based on their location next to the shift keys, and it works!
Now all I need to do is change over my systems to barcodes, and just scan them in as needed. Easy as can be, right?