The CueCat is a cheap (actually given away in several places) barcode reader. The bundled software (for Mac and Windows) makes it possible to read a barcode printed in a catalog or a magazine and be forwarded to a relevant URL (at the same time giving them your serial number). This category covers both this and the efforts to write new software for the CueCat that performs other tasks as well as the controversies regarding this.

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CueCat PAM Module for Linux
The pam_cuecat module reads decoded bar codes from /dev/scanners/cuecat, looks up the username:barcode_type:barcode line in /etc/cuecatpasswd, and returns whether or not this user has been authenticated.
CueCat Rollout Proceeds Amid Debate
Bar codes for Internet scanners called CueCats made their latest debut in print Sunday in The Dallas Morning News, even as the creators of this new technology grapple with concerns about privacy and ease of use. [Washington Post] (October 02, 2000)
CueCat Goes After Online Barcode Database
Just noted that CueCat is going for this year's Useless Legal Action Beanie by going after, a site that is storing UPC codes and allows people to look them up. [Slashdot] (September 28, 2000)
CueCat At It Again
Report and discussion on EULA change and legal conflict. [Slashdot] (September 26, 2000)
Here's a Digit for You
[Dallas Observer] (September 21, 2000)
Privacy Concerns and The CueCat
About the serial number and how to remove it. [Slashdot] (September 21, 2000)
Digital Convergence Changes EULA, and Gets Cracked
Apparently Digital Convergence has changed their EULA. This EULA has been modified to include the CueCat reader in an attempt to shutdown those tinkering with their cats. [Slashdot] (September 18, 2000)
More on the :CueCat
The :CueCat is a classic example of a broken business model. One can no longer (if, indeed, one ever could) put out a piece of hardware with the expectation that people will not seek to improve its operation with new software. [Linux Weekly News] (September 14, 2000)
Thanks to a (previously) little-known company called "Digital Convergence," we now have our latest attack on the right to program. [Linux Weekly News] (September 07, 2000)
Barcode Maker Responds After Forcing Drivers Offline
Digital Convergence responds to the flak that they've taken after demanding that several developers take drivers offline that work with their "CueCat" barcode reader. [Slashdot] (September 05, 2000)
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