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4 Neat Tricks For DIY Home Security

4 Neat Tricks For DIY Home Security

Many people are interested in learning a do-it-yourself procedure for setting up home alarm systems and home security measures. As present-day technology advances, the costs of security alarm systems and their installation likewise increase. Because of this, lots of homeowners prefer to install their security sensors themselves, rather than having to pay for professionals to install their security alarm sensors.

DIY procedures for installing security systems and alarms may be just a little confusing and very challenging at first. However, after reading this article, you will for sure be able to get your security sensors fixed up very quickly, as long as you are used to working with your hands. Here are a few neat tricks that you might want to consider:

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1. Provide security in the interior and exterior of the home through bolts and locks

You are most likely wondering why the initial step isn’t associated with video security cameras and sensors or other electronics. The reason is that in securing your home, you need to mainly practice the fundamentals of creating a risk-free abode by using bolts and a combination of different types of locks. This might be the traditional method of securing one’s house, but it’s still considered effective and useful in safeguarding your house from thieves. If, however, you’ve accidentally lost your keys, never delay replacing your locks. Phone an expert who will tell you exactly what to do[1] and will help you as soon as possible. Otherwise, someone could find your key and use it to enter your house.

2. Have better illumination or lighting fixtures installed

Do-it-yourself home security necessitates proper lighting[2]. This is one of the most significant factors in creating a highly effective home security system. Take, for example, the safety camera that you’ll install outside your home. Without having good and proper lighting, how will you be capable of seeing clearly what is happening around the borders of your property? (Unless, of course, you install a night-vision version, which is typically more costly.) Thus, you need to pay particular attention to placing sufficient illumination around your home. Setting up motion-sensor lights is also a wise option.

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3. Installing a home security camera

You are able to choose between wired and wireless home security cameras. Individuals who prefer to acquire the wired version might need to put in considerable work, because installing these wired security systems entails positioning the wiring and drilling holes. Individuals who are looking for cheaper security systems with simpler installation procedures might opt for a wireless video security camera. Other available cameras are internet-ready with live feedback originating from your internet connection right to your monitor.

With present-day technology, at a relatively low cost, you can put yourself in a position to monitor your home from any internet-connected device, not just from your computer monitor. Some systems allow you to view your home using an app in your phone. There has been a rapid expansion of innovation when it comes to home security systems[3].

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4. Maintenance

To properly maintain your home in a secure state, you must have a trusted computer, compatible software, and enough storage memory to record still and digital images.

Mounting a system to prevent burglary may be a little strenuous; however, the rewards of possessing one are well worth the work and the cost. The cost is nothing in comparison with the security and protection you will be supplying for your property and your household. So, why hire a professional contractor when you are able to do it yourself?

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Reference

[1] Locksmith 365 The Hague: What do you have to do when you have locks and keys problem
[2] Wikipedia: Security Lighting
[3] Quoted from TechieRide

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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