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Scanning Devices has released a new Magnetic Stripe Reader for Palm Handhelds with the universal connector. The new 2500 Series Magnetic Stripe Reader clips easily to Palm Handhelds, including the Tungsten line, for reading and processing magnetic encoded cards.
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Kludgy and Ugly

indesman @ 7/9/2003 2:07:11 PM #
Did they really have to make it so big? It looks like it was cobbled together from the spare parts bin at Radio Shack.

RE: Kludgy and Ugly
Fammy @ 7/9/2003 3:16:17 PM #
Who cares if it is ugly. Now I can scan my drivers license and see that I have 2 unpaid parking tickets!


RE: Kludgy and Ugly
ozz @ 7/9/2003 4:43:19 PM #
Yeah, and you'll only have to spend $150 for the Magnetic Stripe Reader to find out you have only one $40 parking ticket!! LOL

Lord, help me become the person my dog thinks I am!
RE: Kludgy and Ugly
I.M Anonymous @ 7/9/2003 11:47:45 PM #
Seriously, the read head is the size of a marble, so couldn't the whole device be roughly the size of a 9 volt battery?

RE: Kludgy and Ugly
Andyvan @ 7/10/2003 1:39:17 AM #
I thought the same. I would have preferred either a cable, or a Bluetooth connection.

-- Andyvan

RE: Kludgy and Ugly
gfunkmagic @ 7/10/2003 5:59:33 AM #
Tokenworks has been offering a springboard card reader for Visors for some time now:

I think this is a much nicer design...

"Computers are useless. They can only give you answers."

-Pablo Picasso.

RE: Kludgy and Ugly
rickdaustin @ 7/10/2003 7:50:03 AM #
My wife is an artist and we've been using a product from:

which attaches to a Palm VII (other devices supported as well) for wireless credit card authorizations. It has worked well. It uses the network and approval takes 10 - 20 seconds. Good form factor and the cost of hardware and software is around $200.

The only problem we've had so far is a recent change American Express made to the approval process for swiped transactions. Even so, their customer support was very responsive in resolving the issue.

Highly recommended if you need un-tethered credit card authorizations.

I know its off subject, But...

Tungstenman @ 7/9/2003 2:15:45 PM #
have there been any rumers of new palm handhelds comming out, with memory over 64 MB, like 128. And vertual g, besides SONY

Steve, Tungsten owner
RE: I know its off subject, But...
helf @ 7/9/2003 2:37:23 PM #
why in the heck are you bringing that up HERE!?!?

RE: I know its off subject, But...
Tungstenman @ 7/9/2003 2:43:57 PM #
Yeah, should of started a forom

Steve, Tungsten owner

Well it should gete the palm some publicity.

acquiessense @ 7/9/2003 4:44:18 PM #
"New handheld computer accessorie encourags credit card fraud"

Skimmers will love this. (Taking the credit card details of one card, and placing them on another to allow the signature of the card match, but to contain wrong data.

RE: Well it should gete the palm some publicity.
edyaw @ 7/10/2003 9:22:40 AM #
This device will be one of the least expensive "skimmers" on the market.

RE: Well it should gete the palm some publicity.
Haber @ 7/10/2003 8:26:58 PM #
While it may be a useful tool for criminals, we must remember that all products can be used for good or ill. Someone could just as easily carry around a clay block and imprint the CCs info on that. What we need is more secure cards, as the current variety has not been safe for at least a decade. Perhaps once fraud gets large enough to hurt the credit companies' bottom line.

Yay, a skimm...card reader!

palm_pilot_guy @ 7/11/2003 7:10:31 AM #
With this and appropriate software, you'll be able to 'skim' data from credit cards. In other words: me want! Me want!

two sl10s in the hand don't make an sj30 in the bush.


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