security cameraA security camera is one of the best investments you can make as a homeowner. Whether you want to own or rent a security camera, you want to ensure that you get the best. It is worth noting that anytime you shop for a security camera, you should be open to the fact that these systems are not created equal, despite having the same essential functions.

Primarily, cameras serve to detect an event, record it, and send an alert. But this does not mean that they work in the same way. Looking at expert reviews covering a 4g wireless security camera, for instance, several features that often stand out. That said, here are some factors to consider when buying a wireless security camera.

Cloud Storage

Wireless security cameras offer cloud storage plans. Ideally, this implies that video recordings are sent and stored in a cloud storage facility for a pre-determined duration. The storage duration often ranges from a few days to many months, depending on your storage size. If possible, you should go for cloud storage plans that give you ample space for you to save your videos for an extended period.

Motion Detection

Motion detection features are essential when monitoring areas that are out of bounds. This feature is made possible by a set of built-in sensors that pick up any movement with the camera’s field of view. Motion detection means that the camera can respond to the slightest of movement – even leaves blowing. But you can always adjust the sensor’s sensitivity to take care of multiple false alarms.

Facial Recognition

Facial recognition, although it is a relatively novel feature among security cameras, can be quite essential. Ideally, this feature allows the cameras to distinguish a face accurately. Although this feature is turning out to be quite essential, you should be ready to put in some work to ensure that the camera learns different faces. Increased exposure could also help the camera distinguish faces.

Night Vision

It is a known fact that most break-ins happen in the dark. So you should invest in a camera that will be able to record even in low-light intensities. Some cameras automatically activate the night vision mode, while others might require you to customize how this feature is activated.home camera

It is worth noting that your security needs should inform the features you focus on when choosing your wireless security camera. Of course, you might need more features than those discussed above. But most importantly, have it all figured out before you go out shopping for a security camera.

MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011

It’s A Boy!
This weekend I became an aunt (again). My sister that we threw the shower for last month had her baby yesterday, a week earlier than her due date, and exactly one month after my birthday. Welcome to the world sweet boy, you are already more loved than you’ll ever know. Zachary John was born April 3rd and is a little bundle of squishy joy.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2011

Gotta Try This
Saw this pop up a few times today and I think I may attempt it this weekend, or sometime before Easter.

 

baby

Originally seen here. So cute, no? Happy Friday everyone!
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Clutter Corner: Before
There’s a spot in our apartment that always seems to collect clutter and no matter how I try to organize it, the space doesn’t get better. Anyone else have that problem? Here’s mine:

 

 

It’s in our dining room, against a wall that doesn’t get seen too often.

This table used to serve a purpose when we had a laptop and I did my schoolwork on the dining room table. So this table sufficed as our printer stand/storage facility for our stapler, hole puncher, and extra pens and paper. But now that we have a new office area, complete with printer table, this table is no longer needed here. The only purpose it serves is to hold our lamp, which is necessary because this room has no overhead lighting, and to collect clutter.

computer

 

And yes, there is a headboard in our dining room. It was a $20 Craigslist find I couldn’t pass up but since we don’t exactly need it right now, it needs to be stored elsewhere.

Another angle to get an understanding of this room. The framed piece I don’t really care for but Dan loves it so when we moved it from the Landing, we compromised and hung it here. Problem is we just hung it on an existing nail that was already in the wall so it is much too close to our thermostat.

So that’s my project this weekend- clean up and make sense of this corner of our apartment. What about you? If you are a music lover, you can also display memorabilia of the album anne murray glen campbell or the portraits band.

Anyone who have weekend organizing projects of their own?

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THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011

You’ve Got Mail
Indeed I got mail today, a whole slew of very exciting things awaited me when I came home for my lunch break. First off, one of my Dolce chairs arrived, right on schedule with the first estimated delivery date- gotta love Target.

Unfortunately the chairs were being shipped separately so I don’t know when to expect the next one but hopefully it won’t be in the too distant future.

Next up was this:

One of my final issues of Entertainment (since I recently cancelled the subscription),

the new Dwell Studio catalogue (very exciting), and

yup I got it, the Domino Book of Decorating. I’d seen snippets of the beauty held between those pages and I had to have it for myself. Especially after the magazine went out of production, I wanted something to remember it by. I can’t wait for a quiet evening where I can sit down with that bad boy, to read and admire it very slowly.
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Sometimes People Are Awesome

 

coffee
Monday night, during my usual daily hunt for a brass coffee table, I came across a table of a different kind.

Sorry about the quality, that was the original list photo from good ol’ Craig. The shape was interesting and the overlapping squares felt so West Elm, and best of all it was only ten bucks. The next day I shot the guy a text and it was still available so we picked it up after work Tuesday night. So why are people awesome sometimes? Well for our “trouble” of driving out to pick it up, the guy gave it to me for FREE! It’s like he didn’t know how Craigslist works or something. So with a sweet little table in my trunk and ten bucks in my pocket I was a happy lady driving home that night.…