“There will come a time when it isn’t ‘They’re spying on me through my phone’ anymore. Eventually, it will be ‘My phone is spying on me.” ~ Philip K. Dick
Why on earth would a manufacturer build a standby feature into a CCTV recorder? The idea is beyond me, surely the purpose of CCTV is to have continuous 24 hour recording?
Yesterday, my brilliant Tech/CCTV/Satellite/TV guy was here doing a couple of repair jobs. The satellite receiver had begun to crash and the CCTV recorder was stuck in standby mode.
Unfortunately, none of my main rooms overlook the front door and driveway, so while my man was here, I asked if I could have my door entry intercom system changed to a Smartphone entry system.
Changing the intercom has been a dominant thought for some time, in fact, almost a year ago I wrote a fictional post on the subject for my dormant site Facts and Fiction. A post that I have re-blogged here. Flo and the Faceless Shadow
The bell on the secure door entry system rings and Flo picks up the intercom. A man answers “I have a parcel for you,” Flo begins to worry, she cannot see the front door from her kitchen, it could be anyone.
Flo is feeling nervous she doesn’t like being in the house on her own. She’s even frightened of her own faceless shadow. Flo walks towards the door, she hesitates and instead enters a room that has a view of the driveway and more importantly of the front door. She recognises the parcel man and breathes a sigh of relief.
Meanwhile, the parcel man is becoming impatient, he’s annoyed that Flo is keeping him waiting. He presses and holds his finger against the door entry buzzer, he doesn’t know that Flo is frightened of faceless shadows.
Flo unlocks the two doors. The delivery man glares at her. He’s running late, “Sign here” he tells her.
Flo relocks the doors and opens her parcel. She picks up the telephone and smiles whilst she dials a number. “It’s arrived, the door entry video system, when can you come over and fit it?
Flo and the Faceless Shadow first published on Facts and Fiction February 2017
A useful feature of the smartphone system – the ability to see and speak to whoever is at the door while using my iPhone or iPad and, from wherever I happen to be, even if away from home. The doorbell will ring/chime as usual, but with a camera and intercom in place I can choose whether or not to answer the door, and I’ve already decided which of my visitors will be ignored!
© SueW-nansfarm.net 2018 In response to the word-prompt Dominant