I was reminded about how neat Barcodes are for uniquely identifying things by Intelliscanner Collector. I have a CueCat that I got ages ago but never used because both the reader and the software distributed with it was spyware. I pulled it out and did a quick Google and found that by simply cutting Pin 5 on the U2 chip the scanner outputs unencrypted plain output.
So, instead of this:
Now I get:
I now have a fully functional, free, USB barcode scanner. If only Intelli Innovations sold their Collector software separately.