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My RFID scanner showed up the other day, as expected. I now have it hooked up to the USB port on my main development machine. It's pretty cool, in a nerdish way. I've produced several ho'made proximity cards from several of the RFID tags included with the device. Since I'm planning to track humans, I've named them Manny, Moe, and Jack. I've got the various demo apps that came with the device up and running... When I take one of the cards and wave it over the reader, the seventeen character RFID license plate number appears in the little window on the screen of the PC.

So, now I've got both ends of the process chain; a database schema and the RFID hardware. The fun part, remaining to be done, is to get the two to communicate. I had been planning to use an HTTP server to host the client components; then I realized that the transactions I'm planning to support fall right into HTTP, so now I'm going to use HTTP for all intermachine communications. I'll produce some XML bodies for the transactions that need extra information and send them across with PUT or POST.

I told rabidkitten about my patron management system the other day; she thinks it smacks of Big Brother. I think she's just insufficiently assimilated.

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bistet
Sep. 30th, 2004 11:15 am (UTC)
I understand the second paragraph, but the first is a mystery. What is RFID, I assume the "ID" stands for ID. So what is "RF"? "Really Fun?" "Rotten Fetid?" "Resilient Frisbee?"
bxiie
Sep. 30th, 2004 12:46 pm (UTC)
Rumplestiltskin, feh.

Radio frequency. Similar to the tags that beep as Winona leaves Saks.
rozebud
Sep. 30th, 2004 01:05 pm (UTC)
I like saying "feh".
peregrin8
Sep. 30th, 2004 11:28 am (UTC)
You're security-tagging the children?
bxiie
Sep. 30th, 2004 12:46 pm (UTC)
Nope, fest goers.
peregrin8
Sep. 30th, 2004 12:56 pm (UTC)
Can we get a map like in "Harry Potter" showing where everyone is in the campground? Make sure you tag that Jimi Hendrix guy; I never did find him this year.
bxiie
Sep. 30th, 2004 01:15 pm (UTC)
Maybe... I'll put that on the R&D list.

I saw the Hendrix guy, by the way.
peregrin8
Sep. 30th, 2004 01:16 pm (UTC)
I'm glad he's still around.
rozebud
Sep. 30th, 2004 01:02 pm (UTC)
"insufficiently assimilated"
Resistance is futile.
bxiie
Sep. 30th, 2004 01:16 pm (UTC)
Re: "insufficiently assimilated"
Rabbits are fertile.
readherring
Sep. 30th, 2004 09:34 pm (UTC)
Aliens had been following me with similar devices for years. But I lost 'em by wearing aluminum boxer shorts.
bxiie
Oct. 1st, 2004 08:35 am (UTC)
That explains why my x-ray glasses weren't working on you.
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