||[Mar. 5th, 2006|01:26 am]
I've started using Readerware as a trial book cataloging app - it supports Unicode, and can automatically look books up and populate the database using a bar code reader that produces (things that vaguely resemble) ISBNs. I picked up a bar code reader at Fry's today, the WLS 9000 Laser Scanner, and so far it's worked more or less all right. When I say that, I mean both the reader and the app - the only problem with Readerware is that it doesn't support Japanese book lookup, which could make me a very unhappy camper. However, it does support extending the scrapers it uses to find books, and I can code. Appropriate conclusions may be drawn.
One thing about book cataloging is that it is strangely hypnotic. Grab book. Lift scanner. Open book to front cover (where the EAN version of the bar code is). Scan. Repeat. After you've gotten a certain number of books scanned, click button to scrape data. Wait for data scraping to be complete, spending the time either by organizing and shelving books, cleaning up the library, or braving the incredibly persistent kittens who are curious about the closed room and go visit genedefect.
I mean, really. I looked at the clock and saw it was 12:51 - figured I should go to bed soon. Now it's 1:31. Where did that time go?