SaaS... Access Control?

There's in increasing tend towards SaaS, and indeed at work we use it extensively with services like Zendesk, Xero, Statuspage.io etc.. I've done a lot (including custom development, and quick hacks like access control notifications in slack) with Paxton's Net2 access control and was recently looking at other options for a new application. What I basically want is Paxton Net2, but with an API (ideally HTTP/JSON) to receive notifications of events and to be able to perform basic control operations This doesn't exist. Doorkeys in the Cloud More frustratingly several companies pushed me towards…

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Do Not Reply

I am very sorry about our delay in getting back to you, only your message was sent to a 'do not reply' email address, which is not monitored closely. This is the message I got today from a (otherwise very helpful company) because I replied to an order confirmation eMail. What makes it worse is, when I sent the actual reply, I got an immediate auto reply; Thanks for your email. We'll be in contact with you shortly, which can take us up to 7-10 working days We'll be in touch soon. Leaving aside soon being considered almost two weeks what exactly is the point of a do_not_reply@example.c…

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HIKvision Doesn't Want Your Business

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Ok, that seems like a bit of a sensational title, but it's not far from the truth and I'm not the only one to think so as the prominent HIKvision dealer Since 2013, Use-IP, have issued a similar statement. Why HIKvision? I use a number of HIKvision cameras, both at home and at work, and genuinely believe them to be pretty much the best quality at the price point. They're reliable, and these guys give the established names like Axis (whom I've used IP cameras from since 2004!) healthy competition. HiWatch by HIKvision HIKvision are introducing a 'consumer' range called "HiWatch" - these product…

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10 Years of Facebook

I avoided sharing the insipid auto-created video, but Facebook decided to tell me today that I joined Facebook TEN years ago today... So instead, here's an almost equally insipid post, cross-posted from Facebook :D It's an interesting landmark I suppose, so figured I'd post something so I can be reminded of it in another ten years assuming Facebook hasn't been replaced ;) A lot has changed; three different jobs (all loosely in the same field), four addresses - finally culminating with a move to the Highlands, five cars, and a lot less hair ;) ... And a lot hasn't; all of the people closest to…

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Stopping Distances

Following the recent tragic death of Kim Briggs, killed by cyclist Charlie Alliston riding an illegal bike with no front brakes, there's been lot of debate over whether or not he could stop even if the bike was legal. These people often cite the Stopping Distances in the Highway Code which suggest at 20 mph a car should stop in around 6m from when the brakes are applied; This was last updated over thirty years ago, and vehicles have improved a bit since then, so I conducted a (fairly unscientific) experiment to satisfy my own curiosity. A modern car travelling around 20mph took around 2.8m to…

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