Message sent to Digital Convergencce 11 October 2000 re: disposition of a certain free or low-cost personal barcode scanner:
I got a cuecat from radio shack last week. I installed it as directed, but after extensive reading about the privacy concerns, and your hostility toward the 'reverse-engineering' community, I would like to sever all relations with your firm as quickly as possible. I do not want you to engineer my digital future.

I have read your assertions to other people that, even though cuecats are given away by the bushel, or even bulk-mailed to magazine-subscribers, you still own them.

This is interesting, to say the least, but I'm not writing to haggle with you about who owns the cuecat in my house. You can have it. Please make arrangements for its timely removal from my home. It is in perfect working condition and should serve someone well in the future. The software and all accompanying literature/packaging is in the same condition.

If it's not practical for you to come by my house to pick up your cuecat, or to send me a prepaid shipping container, I will simply destroy the device (to prevent unauthorized use) and provide documentation of its safe disposal.

Please advise. Thank you.

back to the CueCat stuff

back to the wreck room

back to dr. cliff's front door