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If you are like me you have tons of movies on DVD, hardback and paperback books, console games and lots of software.  You could benefit from some method of cataloging them all into an inventory if it was only easy.  Every system I’ve looked at in […]

MediamanIf you are like me you have tons of movies on DVD, hardback and paperback books, console games and lots of software.  You could benefit from some method of cataloging them all into an inventory if it was only easy.  Every system I’ve looked at in the past has involved a lot of manual data entry and is quickly dropped.  Don’t fret because there is a way to finally create that inventory that is not only easy, it’s fun.  The MediaMan program lets you catalog all of the types of things mentioned above and do it quickly and easily.  How do they eliminate the tedious entry?  Using your webcam MediaMan scans the barcode on all of these products and goes online to Amazon (US, Japan, Germany and the UK) to retrieve all the pertinent information and sticks it in the database for you.  Scan, click, next item.  Oh, the best part, MediaMan is free.  It will even track stuff you loan to others so you remember to get them back.

  1. I was wondering, jk — so far everything has been Windows programs. What happens if Apple does a “Powerbook Mini” (I wish I had thought of that, but you linked to someone else who did!)? Would you switch to Mac — and then have to track down equivalents of these programs?

    Also, if OQO ever pulled out their finger and sent you a long-term loaner review unit, would you also test all these linked programs for OQO-compatibility?

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  2. Mike, I was a long time Mac user until compatibility with MS documents made it necessary for me to switch. I would love to see a Mac Tablet which would give me a long hard look at what I am using. Having to replace programs is the switchers worst nightmare but I would certainly have to in that case. As for this program MediaMan, I believe there is a Mac program that does the same thing:

    http://www.43folders.com/2005/02/delicious_libra.htm

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  3. Hey, that’s kinda cool..

    Mike: Every Windows program should be OQO compatible unless it’s a high end game that needs good specs to run, but nearly all Windows software should run on it fine..

    -arebelspy

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  4. JK!

    What an AWESOME find! I’m DLing right now! How COOL is organizing your life?! :)

    Thanks for the awesome linkage!

    -Paul

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  5. Paul, let us know how you like it.

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  6. Mike, arebelspy is right, there is no compatibility issues with UPCs, they are full WinXP installations. I have a copy of OS X on the way and will load it on the U soon. :)

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  7. You can never tell with the OQO. There might be programs, aside from games, with fixed screens — say they assume 600×800 — that wouldn’t display properly.

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  8. There is a h/w scroll that should alleviate that problem but you are right, it’s a PITA.

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  9. Mike: You’re correct, some apps won’t “look” right, since it has an 800×480 (iirc, something like that) screen, bt they should all run fine. I’ve never run across that problem on the U, but that’s an 800×600 screen luckily.

    -arebelspy

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