Friday, January 25, 2008

Another New Toy!

Today my keyboard-emulating magnetic stripe reader arrived! I just fire up TextEdit and start swiping cards.

Sadly, the "name" field in credit cards seems to have some sort of control characters in it, so my name doesn't show up. My account number does. My faculty ID has little more than my social security number. I'm going to have to call my independent study student in to see what sort of data is on his student ID.

The non-keyboard-emulating version would send raw data -- but it would require a custom-written application to show the data to the user.