Here’s a glowing review of Delicious Library, which I downloaded a few days ago. It’s an OS X program that helps you maintain your collection of books, movies, CDs, and video games. That sounds boring, but it’s actually pretty jaw-dropping. I was just messing around with it, playing with the demo collection, when I hit the “Scan Barcode” button. My iSight popped up a black-and-white video window with laser scanlines on it. Curious, I held the nearest book up in front of it. Five seconds later, my computer said (actually said, mind you): “The Complete Novels of Jane Austen.” And there it was, sitting on the little virtual shelf with all the data loaded in from Amazon! I was like, “Get OUT!” That is pretty damn sweet. I figure I’ll wait til we get back from the trip to drop the $40 on the license and give the thing a real workout.
See? I can shill with the best of them. Too bad in this case it’s because I actually like the product, and I’m not getting anything in return. Take that, Warner Brothers!