Author: Bob Mesnik

Technical Jokes and Cartoons-72

A woman got on a bus, holding a baby.

The bus driver said, “That’s the ugliest baby I’ve ever seen.”

In a huff, the woman slammed her fare into the farebox and took an aisle seat near the bus’s rear.

The man seated next to her sensed that she was agitated and asked her what was wrong.

“The bus driver insulted me,” she fumed.

The man sympathized and said, “Why, he’s a public servant and shouldn’t say things to insult passengers.”

“You’re right,” she said. “I think I’ll go back up there and give him a piece of my mind.”

“That’s a good idea,” the man said. “Here, let me hold your monkey.”

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Technology Review of 2020

Is there anything nice we can say about 2020?  Not much except maybe, I don’t think murder hornets killed anyone. It certainly was a challenging year, and we are all happy to say goodbye.

Technology in 2020
Technology in 2020

It was a year of the pandemic and of science finding vaccines in record-breaking time.  It was a year where we worked at home and discovered we could do this anywhere in the world. It caused an upheaval in the real estate market as we moved out of big cities and corporations downsized. SpaceX changed how we went to space, and engineers developed face recognition panels that checked our temperature as we entered the building. 

This article reviews some of the technology for the security and surveillance market introduced in 2020. 

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Comparison of Commercial IP Camera Systems and Home Cameras

Comparison of IP Camera Systems

What’s the difference between a home surveillance camera and a commercial IP camera system used in schools, office buildings, and hospitals?

IP Camera Systems for Home and Office
IP Camera Systems for Home and Office

Home IP Cameras cost between $20 and $100, while the professional IP cameras range from $150 to over $2,000.  There is a difference. This article compares the capability you should expect from a home camera versus a commercial surveillance IP camera system.

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Technical Jokes and Cartoons-71

A guy spots a sign outside a house that reads “Talking Dog for Sale.” Intrigued, he walks in.

“So, what have you done with your life?” he asks the dog.

“I’ve led a very full life,” says the dog. “I lived in the Alps rescuing avalanche victims. Then I served my country in Iraq. And now I spend my days reading to the residents of a retirement home.”

The guy is flabbergasted. He asks the dog’s owner, “Why on Earth would you want to get rid of an incredible dog like that?”

The owner says, “Because he’s a liar! He never did any of that!”

You might not recognize one of the holidays. Hogswatch Night was created by Terry Pratchett, who is one of my favorite authors

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IP Paging Systems Provide Advanced Functionality

This is Not Your Father’s Paging System

Paging systems have changed over the years.  Remember the old days when the principal would make announcements on that old PA system. You were lucky to hear anything that was said.

Paging Over IP
Paging Over IP

The principal had a microphone attached to a clunky amplifier. It had a large knob that adjusted the volume. All the speakers were wired to this central amplifier. Many of these old paging systems have reached end-of-life, and people are looking for replacements.

The world of paging systems has changed. Now, it’s all digital. This evolution has made paging systems much simpler to install and provide new functions that were not available in the older systems.

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Access Control Systems Good Practices

Installation Practices for Door Access Control Systems

There are several things to consider when selecting and installing a door access control system.

Access Control Practices
Access Control Practices

These safer practices increase the overall security of the system.

System security starts with the correct type of door-reader and secure wiring. It requires the right electric lock and an exit methodology for maglocks. It is also essential to select the right management software and additional security and safety features.

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Technical Jokes and Cartoons-70

Two young boys walked into a pharmacy one day, picked out a box of tampons, and proceeded to the checkout counter.

The pharmacist at the counter asked the older boy, ‘Son, how old are you?’

‘Eight,’ the boy replied.

The man continued, ‘Do you know what these are used for?’

The boy replied, ‘Not exactly, but they aren’t for me. They’re for him. He’s my brother. He’s four.”

“Oh, really?” the pharmacist replied with a grin.

“Yes.” the boy said. “We saw on TV that if you use these, you would be able to swim, play tennis and ride a bike.  Right now, he can’t do none of those.”

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Face Recognition and other Technologies for Disease Mitigation

Review of the Technologies that Help in a Pandemic

Face Recognition and Other Technologies
Face Recognition and Other Technologies

So is face recognition good or bad? Does it invade our privacy, or does it make us more secure?  Facial recognition has had a difficult time in the market.  When it was first introduced, it was a promising technology, but it was costly. Over the last few years, the price has become more reasonable, yet this biometric technology faced many challenges. There were concerns of reliability, and more recently, it was attacked for impinging on our privacy. 

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Access Control Enhanced With Intercoms

How to Control Visitors

Access Control and Intercoms
Access Control and Intercoms

An access control system allows people with a credential to enter, but what happens when a visitor comes to the door?  One easy way to handle the visitor is to add an IP intercom.  An IP camera, and some additional software, can be added to provide a safe way to allow visitors to enter. This article describes how you can enhance your access control system. 

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Technical Jokes and Cartoons-69

An art student got tired of working at a fast-food restaurant and decided to get a job working as a laborer at a construction site.

Being an over-confident arts student, he soon began to brag to the other workers about all sorts of things.

One day he decided to brag that he could outdo anyone in a feat of strength. He made a special case of making fun of the senior engineer on the site. After several minutes, the engineer had had enough.

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