QR Codes, Why?

At first I thought QR codes were neat.  QR stands for quick response, but in my opinion, they are anything but quick.  They are a hassle. And you don’t know where it may take you.  Hello picture of a _______! (use your imagination)  QR codes were invented back in 1994  in Japan by the Toyota subsidiary Denso Wave to track vehicles during the manufacturing process.

You download a qr code reader program for your smartphone, then with your phone, you align the code, hold it steady, and it will capture the image and then it takes you to a link… sounds neat.  but however as time went on I realized they are a gigantic pain in the butt.

First of all you need a semi decent smart phone with a camera able to get close enough to the code to read it.

  • QR codes generally don’t work well or AT ALL if they are printed on glossy paper.  So fail.  I tried 3 different brands of smartphones, 2 programs, none worked.
  • QR codes sometimes come on the news or other programming, but only stay on the screen for about 5 seconds, clearly enough time for me to get out my phone, open up my code reading program, and align it with the camera.  Another fail.
  • QR codes in places they have no business.  On the inside label of an alcoholic drink.  As if doing anything requiring more than 2 steps was easy when you are drunk, think about the frustration this would cause.. you must get out your phone, open the program, align your camera and hold it steady to the code printed on the back of a label stuck on a clear bottle of booze.  I don’t think a phone would even be able to read through the glass distortion if you got that far. This could be dangerous or cause a bar room brawl.  I don’t advise trying this one intoxicated.

  • Why do they put QR codes on vehicles.  Unless you are parked, it’s pointless.
  • QR code tattoos.  I’m just going to stay away from that one.
  • On highway signs.  I thought it was illegal to text and drive at the same time.  I guess the passenger could do it, but wait, unless you are not moving this really freaking difficult.
  • On the roof of a building.  Facebook has one.  Seriously!

Risks include linking to dangerous websites with browser exploits, enabling the microphone/camera/GPS and then streaming those feeds to a remote server, analysis of sensitive data (passwords, files, contacts, transactions), and sending email/SMS/IM messages or DDOS packets as part of a botnet corrupting privacy settings, stealing identity, and even containing malicious logic themselves such as javascript or a virus.  These actions may occur in the background while the user only sees the reader opening a seemingly harmless webpage.

Here is an article if you feel like scanning, that is just disturbing:

make your own qr codes: http://qrcode.kaywa.com/

share your creative uses or where you’ve seen these codes too!  I love feedback.


New Identity Generator Tool

One of the great things about the internet, for now, is that we can say what we like and not have our true identity revealed.  Anonymity is a precious thing.  It brings us safety and can allow us to say what we feel (for the most part) without the fear of everyone in our life to find out.

If you have ever considered going under a different name, for safety or whatever purpose, you might consider a random name generator.  This one allows you to choose a random name from the country of your choice.  Feeling a little Icelandic today? No problem..just tell the generator to choose feminine or masculine, the number of given names and the category….


At this site we can give ourselves a business name, a computer job title or pick generate a name for a random product:


We can take it one step further and generate ourselves a nifty job title: http://www.bullshitjob.com/title/

So…here is my new identity…

name: Johanna Sigurdsson

job title: Dynamic Infrastructure Architect

place of employment: Enigma Community Firm

If you don’t want to go through all of those steps, why not just try out http://www.fakenamegenerator.com/

This site will give you a completely new identity, you cannot use the identity illegally, of course, but its still quite fun. You can use it on forums, on certain forms, for use in a fictional story, etc.  This generator will give you a new name, address, phone number, email, username, password, mother’s maiden name, birthday, ssn, blood type, height, weight….the whole shebang.  Please note that the address, telephone number, ssn, credit card number are all fake, so they will not work if you try to use them!

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