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Guess what happened on June 26, 1974? The first product with a bar code was scanned at a check-out counter, it was a 10-pack of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit chewing gum. Patented in 1952, the barcode took about 50 years to become commercially viable, including advances in standardized formats and scanner systems, and boy has barcode scanning sped up getting our groceries, library books and clothes home, safe and sound.

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With summer coming into full swing, it’s time for students to find new activities to fill up their time.

Here at COMET, where the success of children is the center of our mission, the summer is no exception. Lots of programs work to prevent summer learning loss and keep students growing year round and use our software to support their work.  And summer can be such a special time - instead of the full demands of the school year schedule, children and youth can strengthen a particular asset or passion, or use the time to develop a new set of skills.

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What can you do when your connection is slow?

It’s Monday, the children are starting to roll in and you’ve already prepped your area. Scanner plugged in: check; Unsupervised Scan window opened: check; and on top of that, everyone remembered their cards. With all of your i’s dotted and t’s crossed, you waive the child up to the front desk to begin the day’s sign-ins only to realize that after about 10 minutes, your internet-based system doesn’t seem to be registering much, if anything at all. It’s happening again- the system is slowing down right when you need it most; or is it?

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Renew your organization’s software practices

There is nothing quite like springtime in upstate New York.

It’s mid-April, the sun is shining, the grass is greening and the flowers are budding.  It is a time where people are filled with energy to “get out there” and confront obstacles and make the changes they know they need to do.  It’s the Season of Renewal.

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Mr. Leonard (Lenny) Gingello, MBA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of COMET

New CEO Leonard Gingello and Continuing Roles for Co-founders A. Dirk Hightower and Serge Lossa

COMET Informatics LLC is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Leonard (Lenny) Gingello, MBA as our new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective Monday, May 1, 2017 in accordance with a planned CEO succession plan and unanimous approval from the board.  Lenny has served on the COMET Board for six years and is the current Board Chairman and for the past six months has served as COMET Vice President Finance and Business Operations.  He knows the company well and is passionate for the COMET mission.

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