November 2nd, 2006

tools, brains, computers

he thinks he's so clever

I bought a :CueCat from LibraryThing last week. It arrived today, and I plugged it into my Ubuntu desktop at home.

I happily entered several dozen books with it, but I was mildly annoyed by the crappy-encrypted output (though LT seems to handle it fine).

So I looked it up on the web and found this tutorial to "neutering" your CueCat. I opened it up, took a very sharp knife, and cut pin 5 to that chip.

Now it doesn't do anything at all. No, that's not true: it still validates to the computer as a USB keyboard device, but it doesn't seem to output any text.


I've just bought another one (LibraryThing needs the money, so I don't feel bad about it) but I'm annoyed with myself. (If I can fix this, I'll give the new one away to somebody.)

I suppose I could take it in to the lab and see if someone will solder pin 5 back together for me. Also, I should try it on another computer -- ideally another OS. Perhaps I'll ask boobirdsfly if I can try it on her WinXP laptop.