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March 28, 2008 | Vol 5 Issue 13


In This Issue:

>> TechTip: My Favorite Firefox Add-Ons
>> The Modern Self-Serve Checkout Counter Could Already Be an Antiquity

>> Partner TechTip: Changing QCRTAUT in i5/OS 

Feature Article - TechTip
TechTip: My Favorite Firefox Add-Ons

Four great add-ons/extensions extend Firefox functionality and save you a lot of time.

by Jan Jorgensen

I know, I know. I promised to give you Part II of the frame-crossing TechTip, but time has been short, and I haven't finished it yet. But I will do it soon. Meanwhile, I'll present you with four add-ons for Firefox.


First of all, I am not religious about either IE or Firefox. I use both browsers, and I am not saying that IE sucks and that Firefox is the one and only, but I am saying that if you develop Web applications, Firefox is in my opinion better that IE. And if you include a few add-ons, it just becomes superior. And Firefox is open source, so you can just download and install it, and you're ready to go.


Feature Article - Security
The Modern Self-Serve Checkout Counter Could Already Be an Antiquity

Bytware's use of QR Codes on its promotional literature at COMMON challenges the widespread U.S. use of a more primitive barcode technology.

By Chris Smith

Have you ever stood in front of the self-serve checkout scanner in the supermarket trying to get your cookies to be read by the barcode scanner? Personally, I admire the brave souls who take anything more than a small number of items to the self-serve counter. Sometimes you can scan in everything you are buying, and sometimes you can't. Of course, that's why there is an attendant standing in the middle between the rows of scanners: to help. At least, I hope that's why she's there and not because store management thinks people will cheat and skip scanning an item or two.


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