Copy Any Key

Thought this was pretty cool in Safeway supermarket.


A automated key copy machine. 


You insert your key. 


And out pops a duplicate for you. 


Home, car, business, whatever.


What is happening to that guy who used to work the key copy machine at the local locksmith?


Who says automation and robotics isn’t taking and going to take away jobs. 


I still remember that key machine–where the locksmith would put the key on one side and a blank on the other, and the machine would copy the surface grooves of one unto the other. 


Now even that is gone. 


I guess we’re lucky still to have keys (for now).  😉


(Credit Photo: Dannielle Blumenthal)

Turn, Press, Pull — Gonna Get Ya

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So as I go around town, I see more and more of these industrial-type control panels. 

The problem is that they are stupidly in the open and unprotected or otherwise easily defeated.  

While probably not a serious threat of any sort, this one apparently is a unit to control some fans in an underground garage open to the public. 

You see the knobs you can just turn.

And one with a yellow warning sticker above it.

As if that will keep someone with bad intentions from messing with it. 

You also see the red and yellow lights…hey. let’s see if we can make those flash on, off, on.

Panel 13, nicely numbered for us–let’s look for 1 to 12 and maybe 14+.

It just continues to amaze me that in the age of 9/11 and all the terrorism (and crime) out there that many people still seem so lackadaisical when it comes to basic security. 

Anyone in the habit of leaving doors and gates open, windows unlocked, grounds unmonitored, computers and smart phones without password protection, data unencrypted and not backed up, even borders relatively wide open, and so on. 

Of course, we love our freedom and conveniences.

We want to forget bad experiences.

Could we be too trusting at times?

Maybe we don’t even believe anymore that the threats out there are impactful or real.

But for our adversaries it could just be as simple as finding the right open “opportunity” and that’s our bad. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

You Mess At Your Own Risk

You Mess At Your Own Risk

This guy is obviously pretty serious about not messing with his car.

“Touch this car again. You are laser sighted. You will be shot in the face!!!”

I remember in NY, people messed with the cars all the time–nasty stuff like backing or plowing into your bumpers when trying to park, keying cars, slashing tires, knocking off the mirrors, egging the cars, and one guy I remember even had his car stolen and the couple actually had sex in his back seat!

The stupid steering wheels locks to the brakes were a joke for security, the noisy annoying car alarms were so routine no one looked or cared, and LoJack helps you find the clunker again although you may never want to drive it anyway after what the crooks would do to it.

Not sure this sign will help ward off all the crap that people do–somehow they always find another way to be jerks with someone else’s stuff.

Aside from James Bond’s car that would explode if you tried to mess with it, does anyone else have any good ideas for car protection? 😉

(Source Photo: Dannielle Blumenthal)