Introducing, “Lab Notes,” a special series of blog posts dedicated to research, innovation, tips, guides, and learning process of: Physical Security, Locks & Keys, Information Technology, Computer Networking, Computer Programming, Structured Cabling, Linux, Access Control, Intrusion Alarms, Security Cameras, the Internet of Things and more curiosities.

This series will be in addition to our regular blog but also be published on our blog. These posts will be more informal than our regular blog posts. Experiments, reviews, notes, failures. Everything to learn. We’ve been accused of being silly at times. This series will definitely include some silliness.

I am inspired by alchemy and all things continuous, uninterrupted, and effortlessly fused into wholes.

Neri Oxman

Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure.

Paulo Coelho – Author of The Alchemist

There is a proliferation of new DIY alarm and security systems. Tech companies are hungry to offer yet another device and subscription service. Privacy concerns aside, there are some issues with DIY security and alarm systems. Before delving into potential issues, I’d like to state that DIY is okay. There’s nothing wrong with someone taking […]

Professional titles help people understand very quickly what someone does. Doctor, lawyer, teacher. We know what they do. However, the term “locksmith” is quite ambiguous. The term “Locksmith” is related to blacksmith because locks and keys were forged. Creating locks and keys required the ability to heat, shape, and manipulate metals. Today, keys are cut […]

A ferrule is a metal tube crimped over stranded wire to secure the strands within a screw terminal. Electric wire ferrules are also called  electric end terminals, or bootlace connectors/ ferrules. Why am I such a fan? They’re useful They’re inexpensive They are very cool It’s very European. Call me old fashion but I think […]