Wireless is fine, if I don't have to dedicate an entire computer to it. The problem I'm having now is that the barcode scanner is essentially a keyboard interface so it's just spitting out numbers to whatever is in focus... if the same situation existed with a wireless scanner, I'd need to have a computer that always had the app in focus and the cursor placed in the correct field, ready for input.
I'm sure someone out there has already solved this problem by having some app that runs in the background and counts the beans as they come in, wireless or otherwise. But I have yet to find it...
So the save locally solution is, count up all your barcodes during the day and at the end of the day or whenever, download them into your database or spreadsheet, etc. Not very elegant, but whatever works...
From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Tim Spalding
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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] barcode scanner with memory
We'd be interested to hear too. But why does it need to save locally,
rather than having a wireless connection to a computer? They're not
going to wander around the museum with them are they?
On Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 1:37 PM, Adam Wead <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Can anyone recommend a barcode scanner wireless or otherwise that saves barcodes to internal memory, to be downloaded to a computer later? We have patrons scan their ids as they enter to keep track of statistics. I've created some software that does this, with a regular barcode reader, but the problem is the window has to be in focus the whole time and the terminal is used by a security guard who has to do other things at the same time. So, I need some kind of "hands-off" solution and preferably something involving the least amount of work from me...
> any ideas?
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