Decorative Flower
Her Realm, Personal website and blog of Cole
Nov 21

Let’s Use QR Codes Right

qrcodeI am a fan of QR codes — partly because I have a smartphone that can scan them, woo. Also, I am lazy and anything that saves me effort is awesome. So the fact that everyone who seems to use them does it wrong is super frustrating.

The way I see it, QR codes make it extremely easy to import data to a phone so putting a QR code on any source that people would want to see on their phone is a smart idea. Using the QR code to access data that is not phone friendly is a pretty big fail. People have commented before how it’s bad marketing to use a QR code that directs the user to a website that’s non-mobile friendly. I cannot understand why anyone wouldn’t have the forethought to avoid such a useless effort. In fact, I once scanned a code that was part of a sweepstakes or other contest that led me to a Flash-based form that wanted me to register for the content. Um, hello? Why not just code your website so that each code links to a unique, dynamic URL that notifies winners of their status before making them register?

But it also bothers me that the only thing people seem to use QR codes for is URLs. Do people not realize that QR codes work with several types of data? I mean, you can use the code for an entire contact card. This is why using the QR code as part of a business card a great idea. Allow your associates to scan your information directly into their phone rather than having to remember it or keep another card in their wallet. Brilliant.

Other uses of QR codes include

  • Phone Numbers
  • SMS (text) Messages
  • YouTube videos
  • Google Map locations
  • Social media links
  • iTunes links
  • Events (vcalendar format)
  • WiFi logins
  • PayPal buy now links

What a convenient way to invite people to your event or let them know where you live without giving directions than including a QR code on your poster or even as a part of your company or family calendar? Plus, anyone who creates and sells anything that they debut in person can include QR tags on products to facilitate sales directly from PayPal. Awesome, am I right?

But, no, what I see is the use of QR codes leading to websites that won’t work on my phone or catalogs that lead to the same same ad on a store’s site. Why?!?

And, unless you’re being facetious, there’s pretty much no use to use QR codes on a website that someone is only accessing from a computer. It makes no sense for me to have to break out my phone to read something on my computer.

Whatever. Stop pissing me off.


Apr 13

Can You See Me Now?

Apparently, something went wrong with some Windows/Windows Live component the other day. I assume it happened when my display adapter last crashed because Windows Live Messenger also crashed. Unfortunately, nothing appeared too wrong on my end. MSN would open and I’d click to sign in and it would simply tell me it was unavailable. Super helpful, right?

The specific error message was 80040154 and a quick search brought up all sorts of pages that told me to register a specific DLL. However, the instructions didn’t work. Luckily, I’m a smart cookie so I went straight to fixing Windows Live Essentials from the Control Panel. This isn’t rocket science but, considering that almost 100,000 people found the recommended solution not helpful, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to write up a quick post about it.


Apr 30

Tech Lust: Nokia N8

So, the other day Nokia announced an upcoming touch screen phone called the N8. Twitter, like the rest of the internet, exploded which chatter and I caught a whiff only to fall in love. I mean, I’ve had my phone almost two years now. I’ve been curios about all those fancy new gadgets but phones don’t really catch my interest.

Except the N8 did. I think it could be that the design is similar-ish to my phone, a Nokia model which is no longer current. They’re both slim, with handy “external” buttons and a slightly feminine design.

But the N8 blows my phone out of the water with its new Symbian technology, 12MP camera, 720p resolution and HDMI connections. I mean, it’s pretty much an entire media solution unto itself. But if you’re not into movies and music, it also integrates social networking options like Twitter and Facebook.

Plus, it’s got an app store, which other Nokia phones can use but I suspect the Ovi store will definitely rise in popularity and usefulness with the N8. Nokia says the app store will provide access to Web TV channels and lists NatGeo and CNN as examples (although, I couldn’t find a listing in the current store).

It’s not out until the third quarter of this year and I don’t know yet who will be carrying it but this might be one gadget I have to have.