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Wireless Security System?

04 Apr

Wireless security systems have to be the dumbest idea I’ve ever seen.  Companies are playing off your ignorance to make maximum profit for the least amount of effort.  Why do I say this?  Well lets look at a few things.  If you have a “wired” system installed the devices are usually cheaper, motion detector, camera, glass breakage detectors, etc… however running the wires is highly labor intensive.  Even in new construction where they pre-wire your house if you ask the installer for something the pre-wired home isn’t set up for they’ll try to talk you into doing it another way, or just flat refuse.

Don’t even get me started on the monitoring services.  You’re better off having the alarm system call your cell phones.

The biggest issue with a wireless system is vulnerability.  Radio waves go everywhere, and radio receivers listen to anyone transmitting a signal not just the people that are supposed to be transmitting to it.

I recently heard about a vulnerability with the Nest drop cams.  They leave the bluetooth receive on all the time, even after setup.  This makes it possible to cause an overflow situation to occur and the drop cam to reboot.  The camera takes about a minute and a half to start sending video again.  Bluetooth range is about 40 feet, and longer if you use a directional antenna.  You can even change the configuration of the camera so that once it’s off line it will no longer connect to your wifi router basically eliminating the threat of being recorded while breaking into your home.

Now the fine folks and Nest will probably address this issue, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t more issues that either we don’t know about yet, or will be found in the future.  This means my rule of thumb is WIRED not WIRELESS!  Keep in mind that when a company sells you a wireless system they really don’t need installation personnel, they just need to ship you a box and be available online, or by phone to help you self install.  If they do have someone install your system, it can be done quickly and with minimally trained people.

This sounds great until you consider how easy it is to defeat these systems.  One thing the companies say in their ads is you don’t have to worry about your phone line being cut.  This is true, but some systems can detect that and trigger an visual and audible alarm.  If someone blocks your wifi signal what is your security system going to do?  Frankly a thief could work with someone half way around the world to disable your home network, send them a text message that it was all clear and then they could enter your home or business.

Maybe you use “the cloud” to send all your video to.  Well when your network goes down that’s not going to work very well will it?

Wired systems, DVR for under $200 located inside your home/business means you have control over your data.  You could even get creative and send the video to a 2nd, hidden recorder in case the thief destroys or steals the DVR.

Of course ANY system can be defeated.  Anything can be stolen, what you are doing is just putting a barrier in the way and hopefully they will go somewhere else where the pickens are easier.  There is much information that you can obtain about a wireless system, where a wired system you have to physically have access to before you can come up with a plan to defeat it.

Two things that I hear, or see, that make me shutter are wireless security systems and anything with “the cloud” in it.

The cloud is your stuff on someone else’s computer, how secure does that sound?





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Liberals Bringing Electronic Voting Near You?

27 Feb

Even after calls for Russian involvement in the hacking and changing the results of the last presidential election I predict that we will see a push from liberal democrats to move to electronic voting.

If you’re a liberal prepare to be insulted. 😉

Generally speaking liberals believe they are smarter than you, well unless you’re a liberal.  You know you’re smart enough to be a liberal so obviously you have something going on in the grey matter, right?

Liberals are like an advance alien race that need to keep things going in the right direction so the indigent lower life forms can live, and not just live but in the proper way.

Liberals have had a great shock to their obvious superiority largely due to the dumb people of America not listening to them.  This has the be resolved!  The non liberals cannot be allowed to hurt themselves.  Liberals can’t remove the right to vote because of that pesky “living document” the constitution so the next best thing is to make every non-liberal a felon!  Felons can’t vote!  And liberals are very much like jailers deciding what non-liberals can do what they eat, etc…

No wait, that won’t work.  Ahhhhh liberals need the ability to tweak the votes that are cast, this is where electronic voting enters the picture.  Even though these superior beings are, well superior, they still can be prosecuted and put in prison!  With electronic voting there is always a possibility that some hacker, Russian, North Korean, pretty any country that isn’t majority Muslim, could have hacked the vote!

Plausible deniability!

Yes I am being sarcastic, but I can see a bit of possibility in this happening.  Be very worried when any group of people think they know better than you.  Oh well I guess if they think it, it’s fine, it is when they actively try to usurp your ability to live your life, legally, in the way you wish when it’s a red flag.

I find it interesting that some liberals hate Church people, hate intolerance and H8 bullying, yet they think you should live a certain way (Church lady like), will verbally and even physically attack you if you don’t agree with them, and well that applies to the bullying as well.

This anti-bullying sounds great, and seems logical and like common sense, except when people that would normally fear a punch in the nose now don’t yet lack to show the basic respect for another’s thoughts and opinions.  I don’t like the idea of physical violent, I’m just saying when you think you could get punched you tend to behave better.  You know they way your Mommy and Daddy taught you with punishment when you misbehaved?

Unlike liberals (lol no not all liberals) I do like hearing other opinions.  It’s a chance for me to learn something new!  If you have an opinion on this please type it in the comments!





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Liberals Waterboarding of America

19 Jan

For the past 8 years, and likely 9 to 10 years, liberals have been waterboarding America.  Waterboarding by way of calling names, shaming and even physically attacking people that didn’t think and speak like them.

As you may have heard torture is an unsuccessful way to obtain useful information.  I’ll extent that to it’s an unsuccessful way to win people over to your way of thinking.

So many people do not like confrontation.  They’d much rather not speak or if they must speak say as little as possible so they won’t be attacked.

Also some people will be upset enough to remember how they felt, and go against you at their first opportunity.

Voting for NON-liberals is one way to pay liberals back for their bullying.  Yes bullying!

I would recommend to the people of “inclusion” that you let people speak their minds and have a logically, respectful conversation as to why what you believe in is the right direction to go.

Donald Trump’s win is the fault of poorly behaving, disrespectful, hating liberals everywhere.  It’s even Hillary’s fault, with labeling people “deplorables”.

It’s never too late to grow up.  Apologize and try keeping that pie hold closed.  Try listening.  It doesn’t matter how RIGHT you are as everyone’s vote counts the same.  When people are in the voting booth they can be who they are and not who you have bullied them to be.





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I used to be a Windows person but now I’m an APPLE!

25 Oct

I have heard on three occasions now “I used to be a Windows person, but now I’m a Mac!”  “Apples are just so much easier to use.”  “I’m not a technical person and the Apple is just so much simpler.”

Really?!?!

It took me about two days, maybe three, to get comfortable using the MAC.  Not because it’s simple, but because it is like Windows, or maybe Windows copied them, I don’t care.

I started using Windows with version 3.1, well technically version 2 but I’d say the first true incarnation that is very similar to todays version was 3.1.  It wasn’t until 2016 that I started using and Apple MAC.

I’m telling you there is no difference between IOS and Windows.  If you can use one you can use the other.  So if you want to spend a God awful amount of money for a MAC IOS system over a Windows running on companies that COMPETE to bring you the lowest possible price on hardware, go ahead.  I’m just telling you that you don’t have to.

If you need to sit in that college audience and have an Apple logo on your laptop buy a sticker and put it on there and save several HUNDRED dollars, or save it for your parents.

I see nothing better with the Apple hardware or software.  Oh the virus argument?  The Apple MAC is no less susceptible to attack than a Windows computer.  You’ll see.

I use Windows, Linux and Android for my phone.  I firmly believe Linux is the future but I don’t need to have Apple put their GUI on it and present it to me as MAC IOS.

Find you a good hardware manufacture and run Windows until Linux is ready for prime time.

Samsung has great smartphone and they still have a analog audio jack!





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90 Days of MAC

13 Jun

Now 90 days have passed.  I have found virtually no difference between MAC and Windows.  My MAC has locked up and I had to power cycle my MAC book pro, just once, but then again I’ve only done this less than a handful of time for Windows.  Save a thousand dollars and get something that isn’t a MAC.

In my opinion MAC is nothing more than a GUI like GNOME or KDE.  It’s a good GUI but I suspect that it won’t be much longer before we can all switch to LINUX and not have to pay excessive amounts of money for hardware or an operating system.

With the recent direction that Microsoft has gone with Windows 10 I can see myself getting away from Windows.

Bottom line, there is no reason for me to own an Apple product.

What am I missing?  I don’t see the appeal to a product that limits you to just their products, and way of thinking.  Just seems like a different more expensive Microsoft way of thinking to me.





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