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NCompass Live: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers - QR Codes, WiFi Security & More Tech News


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In this monthly feature of NCompass Live, the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Michael Sauers, will discuss the tech news of the month and share new and exciting tech for your library. There will also be plenty of time in each episode for you to ask your tech questions. So, bring your questions with you, or send them in ahead of time, and Michael will have your answers.

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NCompass Live: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers - QR Codes, WiFi Security & More Tech News

  1. 1. TechTalk with Michael Sauers NCompass Live 24 November 2010
  2. 2. Do you offer free public WiFi in your library? Click the GoToWebinar checkmark for yes.
  3. 3. Do you require a password to access your open WiFi? Click the GoToWebinar checkmark for yes.
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  5. 5. Has Firesheep led you library to implement WPA on the public WiFi? Answers Yes, as soon as I heard about it. Not yet, but it's in the works. Nope. We're not going to turn on WPA. What's Firesheep and/or WPA? WPA was on before Firesheep was released.
  6. 6. What? • Wikipedia: A QR Code is a matrix barcode (or two- dimensional code), readable by QR scanners, mobile phones with a camera, and smartphones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on white background. The information encoded can be text, URL or other data.
  7. 7. Numeric only Max. 7,089 characters Alphanumeric Max. 4,296 characters Binary (8 bits) Max. 2,953 bytes Kanji/Kana Max. 1,817 characters QR Code data capacity
  8. 8. Hardware • Any cell phone with a camera and the ability to install software that can interpret the code. • What the device can do with the resulting data will vary depending on the devices other features. (i.e. Internet connection)
  9. 9. Software • Barcode Scanner (Android) • Quickmark (iPhone) • BeeTagg QR Code Reader (Windows Phone and Blackberry) • UpCode (Blackberry)
  10. 10. Examples
  11. 11. Library ideas • Hours • Branch Locations • Call number locations • Tours • Art descriptions • What ideas do you have?
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  13. 13. QR Code Generators • QR Code Generator • SPARQcode • i-nigma barcode creator • Chrome Extension mfkkbejhggfjaabggafffgdnjgjp
  14. 14. Other 2D Codes • Micro QR Code 35 Characters • High Capacity Color Barcode 3500 characters per square inch Microsoft TAG is one implementation
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