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    I have been analyzing wireless communications for 31 years. I am president of Wireless Internet & Mobile Computing, a pioneering consulting firm that helps create new and enhance existing wireless data businesses in the United States and abroad.

    I write a weekly column for about the wireless and wired Internet as well as writing a mobile blog and producing videos.

    Previously, I created the world's first wireless data newsletter, wireless data conference, cellular conference and FM radio subcarrier newsletter. I was instrumental in creating and developing the world's first cellular magazine.

    I also helped create and run the first association in the U.S. for the paging and mobile telephone industries.

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    Friday, April 25, 2008


    Alec Gianakis

    The issue of barcodes is not the barcode itself, but its application.
    There is a fine line between usability, entertainment and shear nonsense.
    As the students pointed out, there is no use of bar codes to retrieve information that can otherwise be accessed, and certainly faster and with less inconvenience than taking a focused picture of an odd looking drawing, from a poster that can at the same time provide the information straight away.
    In other words, it´s like scanning a bar code at a supermarket to figure out you are buying bread. The bar code in the supermarket retrieves prices information and allows a faster POS check through this is its added value.
    Unless applicability and usability are integral part of the bar code scanning application, thus proving added value to the solution, this will never be more than a gadget.

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