January 11, 2011

Fun with Technology – A Post in QR Code


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I was on a conference call with my fellow Blissdom Legal Divas Charlene and Sarah and we were talking about QR (Quick Response) Codes. I’ve always wanted one but was told they were expensive. But Charlene said I could create my own for free. Well, you know me and free are like BFFs!

OK, so you’re asking yourself “What’s a QR Code?” QR Codes are like the bar codes on the things you buy. They contain information and are used extensively in Asia and Europe. You can embed information in the code and it can only be read by someone who has a QR Code reader. These QR Codes are being used more and more for conference badges, on business cards, on concert tickets and the like. Some websites are using them for sweepstakes or giveaways and my friend Brett recently tweeted about one on an ad billboard at a airport that opened up a sudoku game to play while you waited.

So tonight instead of doing work I found out how to create my own QR Code. And for fun, I did a little post that is readable via a QR Code Reader. Isn’t that cool? I’m a geek and, well, I think it’s cool! I finally can do my crazy QR Code dream. Another ‘Someday’ achieved!

Do you have a smartphone? If so, download a QR Reader to see my post today. For iPhones, I can recommend the free MobileTag because I have personally used it and it’s pretty good. There are paid aps, but why pay when you’re just doing this for fun? For the Android phone users, I’ve heard that Barcode Reader is good and available in the Android Market. For the Blackberry QR Reader, there are a few choice you can read about and choose from.

If you don’t have a smartphone, you can participate too.  Right click the QR Code and save it to your desktop. Then, click this link to go to a desktop QR Code Reader. You will need to upload the image to get the information it contains. I know that’s more work than using a phone reader but then you’ll know what’s there.

Thanks for supporting me and my blog for the past year. I really appreciate it and look forward to what you have to say today!



Carrie from Denver Bargains January 11, 2011 at 2:43 pm

I am DYING to see “what’s behind the code” but having an issue with downloading an app for my phone. Can’t wait to attend your session!

Tracy January 14, 2011 at 10:15 am

Took me a bit (ok till I got my new iPod touch) to get this. UnboxedLite, works really well with the touch. Now I’m off to make one myself, with my Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. M.

Becca - Our Crazy Boys January 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Ahh!! Is this the future of blogging? I have seen these little codes everywhere….

Honey January 17, 2011 at 1:29 am

What if I have too many favorite drinks? Okay, before you think I am a crazy drunk homeschool mama, let me tell you. I like regular Coke or Diet Pepsi. I am also pretty fond of the 2 coffees that start every morning. I seriously cannot function without coffee.

Okay, before everyone thinks that I am writing a crazy post. Go check out the QR and you will know exactly what I am talking about. Thanks for adding a little interest to my night, Sara.


Patrick January 17, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Diet Cranberry Soda from Meijer, a mid-west store chain. I live in Washington State now and always bring some in my luggage whenever I travel near a Meijer

Neil March 28, 2011 at 6:01 am

I like the redlaser app for the iphone, purely because it lets me compare prices. It’s always nice to know you are getting the best deal and these types of scanner apps help to do that

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