So while standing in the help desk room at work, talking to the helpdesk people, I spotted a :c (cue cat).
For those that don't know the cue cat was a hand held bar code scanner that didn't do so well. I remember when Radio Shack was giving them away for free. However that is part of the reason they didn't do so well. The company sent them out to people for free, most through a mass mailing to magazine subscribers, one of the biggest being Wired.
It was a blast from the past.