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  • Video Games

    By Greg McConnell - Tuesday November 28, 2006
    Yesterday I came across an SIW article saying rumors are swirling around  IBM possibly acquiring Verint . Time will tell if this becomes a reality, but it got me to thinking once again about convergence in the security industry, especially...
  • Happy Holidays. Please Downgrade to Compatible Version.

    By Marleah Blades - Thursday November 16, 2006
    It’s that time of year, folks. Wal-Mart’s garden department has evaporated to make room for plastic wreaths and tacky inflatable elves, Target and Gap commercials have become (amazingly) more annoying than usual, and even though I...
  • A Story of Toothpaste and the Airport Checkpoint

    By Geoff Kohl - Friday November 10, 2006
    It's only appropriate that I address this odd bit of news, since this blog is somewhat appropriately titled The Security Check. And since the most common "security check" that American citizens go through is the TSA security check before they can go to...
  • Dems Now Get A Shot At Screwing Up The Works

    By Steve - Friday November 10, 2006
    My wife accuses me of being a Republican when it comes to politics. Of course she has mistakenly taken my fiscal conservatism to mean I support the present regime in Washington. If she had checked my Georgia ballot card in yesterday's election booth...
  • In false alarms, enough is enough

    By Geoff Kohl - Thursday November 2, 2006
    A recent news story on Vindy.com,  a news website serving Youngtown, Ohio, and the surrounding valley, is an example of why the burglar alarm industry sometimes can't get any respect.  Vindy.com reported about the alarm system...
  • I love it when a plan comes together

    By Greg McConnell - Wednesday November 1, 2006
    For many security dealers, the most important thing about their company is its reputation.  Period. As in any business, a company that has a good reputation will likely see other good things follow suit, such as happy customers...
  • Fact or Fiction?

    By Marleah Blades - Friday October 27, 2006
    On Tuesday, Slashdot.org linked to a report issued by the DHS Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee that strongly recommended against the use of RFID in government-mandated cards and documents. You can view the report here...
  • Wanna be invisible?

    By Greg McConnell - Monday October 23, 2006
    Scientists at Duke University report that early experiments indicate that it will one day be possible to "cloak" objects (make them invisible).  Of course, time will tell, but I still think it's an interesting topic.  You can read about it here...
  • Know Your Enemy

    By Marleah Blades - Thursday October 19, 2006
    This week I read an op-ed in the New York Times in which writer Jeff Stein described the responses he received when he asked U.S. counterterrorism officials and members of Congress whether they know the difference between a Sunni and a Shiite...
  • Facial recognition goes mainstream

    By Geoff Kohl - Wednesday October 11, 2006
    I found this very interesting piece of news the other day. It pertained to Picasa , which is Google Inc.'s photo management system (kind of like iPhoto from Steve Jobs/Apple). This software basically finds all your photos on your PC in the same way...