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I want a small gun that spits out a Globally Unique Identifier
(as numbers? characters? barcode?), marking any object with
ink. Interchangeable nozzles allow me to use different ink on
different sorts of items. It stores the GUIDS it has created,
and synching with a computer, PDA, or other device
to annotate the GUID with information about the item marked.
Internally, this allows me to mark and track all of my unique
items: photographs (very messy arrangement at present),
clothing, tools, pets, children, etc...
If I choose, I may also set up an account on the intermediary
Web site which protects my identity but lists selected GUIDS I
have created; that way when you find the (marked) jacket I
lost and go type the number in on the site, you may initiate
I suppose the gun should have a scanner to make reading the
GUIDs easy too. (Or perhaps we simply repurpose all those
Overpriced and to a different end, but illustrates the online part of the model. [jurgen, May 21 2001, last modified Oct 17 2004]
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||Well that creates a use I'd not thought of: I mark all my
food with the dye attachment and needn't argue any
more with my housemates about whose
eggs/aubergines/yogurt that is going bad in the fridge!
||"This egg brought to you by ChickensButt.com."
||Rods: when I sell something to you I just free the number
from my lists, public and private; you then add it to yours.
This isn't meant to be any rigid, legal, proof-of-ownership
scheme, just an informal but reliable way of tracking items
small and large. Further question; once I've marked my egg
yolks, how do I get them back into the eggs?
||They were using a label printer and barcode scanner like this on my current project.