Home security has been there ever since people started to acquire houses and other properties. It is something that we normally have to prevent unauthorized access, damage, harm and sudden danger to our loved ones and personal property. Before, it was all about just protecting the area by putting barriers and signage to keep burglars away. As the times modernized, technological advancements became accessible that definitely guarantee home safety for owners.
These home security alarm systems include closed-circuit television or CCTV surveillance, mechanical alarm locks, access control panels, hidden cameras and sensors, and many others. These items make our lives easier, make us feel more secure and maintain our safety as well as protection to our belongings. Aside from these usual devices that we commonly see, there are a lot of weird but creative ways on how we can provide ourselves with home security. Below are just some of the interesting ones.
1. Wall Socket Safe
Who would have thought that you could actually hide something inside the wall socket? We all know that wall safes are the most common and are usually hidden behind huge paintings or shelves. Since everybody sees these kinds of safes everywhere, burglars might go for it first. They will not even think about looking into that tiny rectangle on the wall. The wall socket safe is simple and proven very effective. It looks like a simple and harmless electric outlet but it slides out like an ordinary drawer, revealing the hidden items inside. It is cheaper than any other type of hidden safes in the market.
Wall Socket Safe
It has already been three months since NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, stunned the whole world with information leakage regarding NSA phone and Internet surveillance programs. Since then, people have been arguing nonstop and contemplating on the issue but where have these put us, so far?
People must stop arguing about the issue of privacy v. security – which isn’t getting us anywhere – and instead focus on another, slightly overlooked, factor in this equation: ourselves.
In this ridiculously overwhelming information-ran world of today, information-trading is the name of the game. Francis Bacon was right. Knowledge is, indeed, power and whoever holds the most knowledge holds the most power. Surely, our intelligence agencies are at the heart of it. But maybe we played along ourselves.
You go online to check your twitter and your Facebook and to update yourself whether the person you’ve been stalking has done something different since the last time you checked on him 30 minutes ago. Hey, a lot can happen in 30 minutes right? You enjoy the fact that he has no way of finding out that you’ve been stalking him. And yet you feel bad that the “Big brother era” is here and now. You worry that the government is trying to keep an eye on your activities online because you think your privacy is being put at stake.
Based on a research by the University of Southern California, an increasing number of internet users are concerned about what seems to be internet spies of the government. In addition to their opinions on confidentiality, the latest report also found that 86 percent of Americans are online, from 82 percent in 2010. This is the highest level in the study’s history and auxiliary proof of how fundamental the Internet has become in American’s lives, especially in the age of mobile devices. Who doesn’t have a phone nowadays? Everybody is online. Even those who we thought despised technology are now embracing it fully. One of the reasons the typical American is worried about their online activity being spied on is the fact they do not feel comfortable knowing that some agencies are collecting their information. Online activity is one way of understanding the behavior and interests of people. However, the government has for so many times reassured that what they do is to protect ad not invade our privacy.
The US government is on a shutdown. Following the end of the financial year on September 20, a new budget for the 2014 financial year could not be established. The Congress, meaning the House of Representatives and the Senate could not agree on an approved budget. Without such a proposed and approved budget, the US government is left with no choice but to close non-essential offices and put on leave non-essential staff.
The contention lies in the divisive Obamacare issue. Obama’s Affordable Care Act aims at reforming America’s healthcare industry, a move not completely supported by the Republican-heavy House of Representatives. Republicans, who control the House of Representatives, have continuously proposed cuts to Obamacare which thereby delayed its legislation. The Senate, on the other hand, is controlled by Obama’s Democrats and have been resilient in their support of Obamacare. The opposing stance on the Act have caused dispute in the budget formation and has now lead to the shutdown.
In the shutdown, non-essential offices and staff are put on hold. This means that government operated offices that do not play a significant role in the progression of the function of the government and the country are shut down for a while. This will include national museums and national parks such as the Statue of Liberty, Alcatraz and the Yosemite National Park. At the same time, federal employees working in such offices are temporarily put on an unpaid leave. Since their offices are closed, they will not work for the time until the shutdown is resolved. Surprisingly, they are expected to take the full blow of the shutdown by losing income for a significant (and uncertain) amount of time. The shutdown, however, does not affect essential offices. Social security and the US military service are to continue with their work.
They say that beauty is now acquired, not innate, and that no one else could be faulted for being “ugly” but yourself, given the many ways by which you can now take care of yourself and improve your appearance. We have anti-aging products, whitening creams as well as tanning potions, a long line of hair care, a wide assortment of moisturizers, conditioners, oils and many other products to help improve what you already have in the looks department.
In that respect, we can say the same for online marketing. With the recent innovations we have especially in the field of internet technology, no trade or industry may now be considered a minor player, because there are now endless ways and means by which you could promote and advertise your business—whether big businesses or startups—through marketing strategies made available on the web.
As with appearance and personality, and the many wonderful opportunities and chances out there to beautify and improve oneself, web designers and online marketers can now be considered gravely at fault for any failure to make design and content as exciting, dynamic and awesome as it should be.